The top rankings for Girls Cross Country are in: Cardinal Gibbons narrowly beats out Cuthbertson for the top spot.

For the first time since its inception, the HighSchoolOT girls cross country final rankings have a new team at the top.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state champions, Cardinal Gibbons, claimed the top spot, narrowly surpassing the three-time No. 1 team Cuthbertson.

The HSOT uses championship times from various categories and organizations to compile a comprehensive state meet, which is used to determine the overall rankings.

Previous final rankings

Out of all the teams in the initial top 25 rankings, 18 of them also made it into the final rankings, with No. 9 First Flight being the highest ranked team that did not start off in the top 25. Cardinal Gibbons was ranked second in the preseason.

Providence Day, the 4A champion of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association, placed third. Cary Christian, the 3A champion of NCISAA, placed 20th. North Lincoln, the 3A champion of NCHSAA, placed seventh. Swain County, the 1A champion, placed 23rd.

NCSSM-Durham, the 2A champion, along with Davidson Day, the NCISAA 2A champion, and Lee Christian, the NCISAA 1A champion, were not previously ranked.

Ten schools, including Cardinal Gibbons, Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte Latin, Cuthbertson, Hoggard, Marvin Ridge, North Lincoln, Panther Creek, Providence Day, and Weddington, have consistently placed in the top 25 in girls cross country for four consecutive years in the annual final rankings.

Next week, the all-state team will be announced.

Final Rankings for Girls Cross Country in HSOT

Note: Rankings were calculated by compiling championship times across all classifications and associations into one big state meet. Each team is listed with their championship finish and total points.

  1. Cardinal Gibbons won the 4A championship with a score of 110.

  2. Cuthbertson 203, 4A: 2nd
  3. Providence Day High School won the NCISAA 4A championship on day 217.

  4. Marvin Ridge High School, division 271, 4A: 4th place

  5. Mount Tabor 279, 4A: 3rd
  6. Hoggard 314, 4A: 5th
  7. North Lincoln 371, 3A champ
  8. Broughton 379, 4A: 6th
  9. Flight 401, seat 3A: second

  10. Panther Creek 424, 4A: 8th
  11. Weddington 433, 4A: 7th
  12. North Buncombe 484, 3A: 3rd
  13. Charlotte Country Day ranked second in the NCISAA 4A division, with a score of 549.

  14. Myers Park 565, 4A: 9th
  15. Green Level 654, 4A: 10th
  16. Third place in NCISAA 4A for Charlotte Latin 721.

  17. West Henderson 727, 3A: 4th
  18. Holly Springs 734, 4A: 11th
  19. Leesville Road 747, 4A: 12th
  20. Cary Christian High School’s 759 team has won the NCISAA 3A championship.

  21. West Forsyth 773, 4A: 14th
  22. Ardrey Kell 782, 4A: 13th
  23. Swain County 808, 1A champ
  24. T.C. Roberson 822, 4A: 15th
  25. Charlotte Catholic 856, 4A: 16th