(Posted Feb 9, 2023)
Serious fans of cross country may like this. World Athletics Heritage has published "50 Years of The World Athletics Cross Country Championships" as a free-to-access-online ebook. (Link below.) There is also a print edition available for purchase. The book contains 690 pages of deep results and statistics going back to the inaugural 1973 meet.
Names of several former North Carolina high school runners appear in the book. Julie Shea (Cardinal Gibbons) placed 4th in 1974, 8th in '79, 13th in '80, and 13th in '81. Sister Mary Shea was 15th in '81.
Joan Nesbit Mabe (East Mecklenburg HS), currently coach at Chapel Hill HS, placed 6th in 1995, 25th in '96, 31st in the '98 Long Race, and 55th in the '99 Long Race.
Kyle Armentrout (Mount Tabor HS) was 89th in the 1991 Junior Men's Race, and brother Brent was 120th. Nick Winkel (Rocky Mount HS) was 72nd in the Junior Men's in 1998.
Ryan Hill (Hickory HS) was 52nd in the 2009 Junior Race.
Entire Online e-book: 50 Years of The World Athletics Cross Country Championships