Great showing by the North Cumberland Surge at Myrtle Beach

The North Cumberland Surge boys' 11-12 team recently placed 12th in the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Posing for a picture with head coach Kerrie Carpenter are, from left, Brendan Johnson, Jack Casey, Joey DiSalvo, Owen Molis, Ethan Carpenter, and Ryan Slaney.

The North Cumberland Surge, an advanced running club that competes on the USATF Junior Olympic level, saw its 11-12 boys' team recently come back from South Carolina with a 12th-place finish at the USATF National Championships.

"We all had a blast," said head coach Kerrie Carpenter. "I'm so pleased and grateful that they had the experience to showcase their talents on a national platform. Our team ran in a field of 28 teams who draw their talent from huge radiuses, and so much of the excitement for me as their coach is to be part of what they accomplished as a team and that they all live within 10 miles of each other SLps that's cool to me!"

Jack Casey, a student at North Cumberland Middle School, led the way for the Surge by finishing the 1.86-mile race on the Whispering Pines Golf Course in a 10:41.19 time, and Ryan Slaney, a McCourt Middle student, was the next finisher, placing 105th in 10:55.03.

The Surge's next finishers were NCMS's Ethan Carpenter (120th, 11:01.38), Brendan Johnson (184th, 11:24.24), and Owen Molis (207th, 11:34.82), and McCourt's Joey DiSalvo (270th, 11:59.7).


"As my boys took the line on Saturday morning, they experienced not one, but two false starts due to runners falling within the first 50 meters," reported Carpenter. "For any runner, this is a huge mental challenge after running out at 100 percent twice, then having to do it a third time, especially at a national championship, but my boys trumped through and ran excellent."

Also at the meet were Cumberland High's Abdullah Kaba and David Agudelo, who competed on the Sentinel Striders' 17-18 team that finished third in its age group. Kaba finished 18th in his 3.1-mile race in a 16:10 time, while Agudelo was 23rd in 16:13. For finishing in the top 25, Kaba and Agudelo earned All-American status.