Alder Takes Third At Dash For Doobie

Vanessa Alder returned to North Carolina and came away with a strong performance on the track at the New Balance Dash for Doobie 3200.

Alder, a Carlisle junior who moved to Pennsylvania from North Carolina before the start of this school year, placed third in the Elite 3200m race against some of NC's top runners. Alder clocked a time of 10:35.59 -- almost 30 seconds faster than her time from the Dash for Doobie last year. Lilly Walters from NC, an Alabama signee, won the race in 10:33, followed by fellow NC runner Hannah Rae Shaffer.

Event 16  Girls 3200 Meter Run Elite
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Walters, Lilly            12 Unattached            10:33.07  
  2 Shaffer, Hannah Rae        9 Cardinal Gib          10:33.87  
  3 Alder, Vanessa            11 Unattached            10:35.59  
  4 Zealand, Allie            10 Unattached            10:35.94  
  5 Werner, Kayla             12 Unattached            10:37.45  
  6 Murrell, Caroline         12 Northwood             10:39.44  
  7 Huecker, Maddie           12 Lake Norman           10:41.94  
  8 Mitchell, Sarah           12 Apex                  10:42.10  
  9 Jones, Emma               12 Weddington            10:42.65  
 10 Preisano, Alyssa          11 Cuthbertson           10:44.02  

Alder hung with the top group for much of the race, under the lights at Ronald Reagan High School in Pfafftown, NC. As she has all XC season long, she kicked well, moving from fifth to third in the last lap.

Alder has had a strong season in her new home of Carlisle. She scored wins at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational and Salesianum Invitational, and then took third in PIAA District 3 and ninth at the PIAA State Championships in AAA.

Check out the results above and watch a replay of the Elite race below.