The cross country program at North Cross School was started by Hugh Meagheraround the time the competitive running boom hit the United States in the early 1970s. Hugh’s influence can be seen, and felt, by the countless runners who have trained and competed on our 5K campus course with the challenging “Middle School Hill.” “We stayed late after many a practice to work on our course,” he said, “which we hacked out of the side of the hill behind our campus and cut through the pastures around Doc Maycock’s house.” The first team in the fall of 1974 had one senior and ten eighth graders. Running the hilly campus course and along the Blue Ridge Parkway soon paid off and North Cross started fielding stronger teams. The 1981 and 1986 teams, led by Gene Wood ’80, Bob Glenn ’82, Will McGee ’85, and Grayson Prillaman ’88, went on to win Virginia Independent Conference titles. “Some of them made all state teams and had the ability to run 5,000 meters in 15 to 16 minutes.”
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