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NCPrepTrack.com ...North Carolina High School Track & Field and Cross Country
Former Madison HS runner Josey Weaver, a senior at Western Carolina set a school record in the 5000-meter run (14:46.60) at the Tiger Paw Invitational held Feb. 8-9 at Clemson.
The previous record had lasted 28 years.
Josey Weaver (Madison HS/WCU) won the men's 3000 (8:38.00).
Madison boys cross country coach Henry ...
Madison boys cross country coach Henry Weaver wrapped his arms around his son, Josey, delivering such a powerful bear hug that both of the newest NCHSAA 2-A champion's feet left the ground Saturday morning.
...Josey Weaver, a former Patriots football player who recently gave up the sport to focus full-time on distance running, burned through 3.1 miles (16:19.74) at Tanglewood Park to become Madison's first state champion.
Then in breathless joy, Josey Weaver
sought out Henry Weaver, who also left behind football this fall - the eldest Weaver resigned his duties as Madison's defensive coordinator - to coach his son.
...Josey Weaver, who was once a cornerback and quarterback for Madison, took control of Saturday's race from the outset, never relinquishing his lead and holding off a late push from runner-up Mark Sullivan of Cardinal-Gibbons (16:26.07).
Balancing football and cross country, Weaver
had placed sixth in the 2006 state meet.
"It feels so good to do this for my dad," Weaver
In addition to Weaver
and Willingham, there were 10 other 1-A or 2-A Western North Carolina runners who earned all-state recognition Saturday.
...Madison High School's Josey Weaver, left, pulls ahead of the pack at the start of the 2-A boys state cross country championships Saturday morning.Weaver
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...Weaver gave up high school football this fall - he previously played defensive back and quarterback for the Patriots - to become Western North Carolina's most dominant distance runner. Weaver
won nine of the 12 races he
entered, culminating with the NCHSAA 2-A meet on Nov. 3 (16 minutes, 19.74 seconds).
Norris consistently pushed All-WNC Runner of the Year and Madison senior Josey Weaver
this fall in Western Highlands Conference competition before placing seventh at the NCHSAA 2-A meet with a time of 16 minutes, 58.72 seconds.
Norris was the runner-up to Weaver
at the WHC and 2-A Western Regional meets.
ASHEVILLE , The father-son relationship ...
ASHEVILLE , The father-son relationship between Josey Weaver and Henry Weaver is based on shared sacrifice.
Growing up in the North Buncombe school district
, Josey Weaver
never thought he
would attend Madison High until his
dad took a job there as an assistant football coach.
, who has distinguished himself as Western North Carolina's top boys runner with a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 9 seconds, went into the weekend having won four straight meets - the Brevard Invitational, Madison Invitational, Western Carolina Invitational and Volunteer (Tenn.) Invitational.
"Racing is just really going great," Josey Weaver
...Josey Weaver missed portions of his sophomore and junior seasons with high ankle sprains he suffered while playing cornerback and quarterback for the Patriots.
A typical day would involve going to football practice and then worrying about his
cross country training on a secondary basis.
Even with a divided focus, Josey Weaver
placed sixth at the NCHSAA 2-A meet as a junior, earning all-state recognition just 24 hours after playing a football game against Mountain Heritage.
"It's like he
said, it would be hard to recruit Josey
never really had a chance to reach his
potential.It's been a fun ride so far this year, just seeing what he
is capable of."
Likewise, Josey Weaver
is excited to see just how fast he
"Without the bumps and bruises (from football), cross country is a lot easier," Josey Weaver
Madison cross country runner Josey Weaver
is timed by his father, Henry Weaver.
NCPrepTrack.com ...2008 NCHSAA Indoor Championships ... North Carolina High School Track & Field
3 Josey Weaver 12 Madison 9:51.05 6
5 Josey Weaver 12 Madison 12-06.00 3.81m 2