For North Carolina sophomore Josette Norris, the Princeton Inter-Regional Invitational meet held more significance than it did to other runners.
Norris — whose hometown of Tenafly is only 59 miles away from Princeton, New Jersey — finished in eighth place in the 6-kilometer race on Saturday to lead the women’s cross country team with a personal record of 21:08.3.
“To be our number one runner at a meet like this showed what she is capable of,” Coach Mark VanAlstyne said. “She has worked really hard.”
Norris' performance helped the women’s team finish second behind Princeton out of a total of 12 teams, while the men finished seventh out of 11 teams.
The meet at Princeton included tough competition from universities outside of the Tar Heels' region. The men’s team, currently ranked No. 29 in the coaches’ poll, competed against other ranked teams such as No. 19 Indiana and No. 24 Providence.