Heights's Tim Hadley entered the woods with Landon's Jack Strabo and Max Marinelli hot on his heels, but when he re-emerged minutes later for a dash to the finish line, the Landon pair was nowhere to be seen. Puzzled parents scratched their heads for over two minutes waiting for anyone to appear out of the woods. When they finally did enter the final straightaway, the explanation was revealed in Marinelli's berating to an Episcopal coach: Fix Your Course.
It was apparent when Hadley crossed the finish line in 15:45, minutes ahead of other runners, that he had cut off a part of the course. According to Heights coach Justin Meyers, Hadley usually runs in the mid-17's. The Landon duo, who finished in just over 18:00, showed obvious signs of discontent with the course markings, but the truth of the matter is that it's better to make mistakes at this meet than the IAC Championship in October. That is the whole reason Landon Coach Addison Hunt and many others brought their team to Episcopal on this day. In one month, teams from the IAC, MAC, and ISL will race their championships on the very same course.
We won't know who would have won the individual battle had the runners followed the correct course. Assuming that no runners were disqualified, the team battle was very tight between Landon and The Heights. Team scores are not yet available, but it appears as if Landon unofficially took 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 16th, and 18th for 47 points (unofficial). The Heights unofficially took 1st, 4th, 5th, 13th, and 20th for 43 points (unofficial).