Forget all about just getting to the mark.

Cross country runners from rivals Lake Norman and Mooresville will be among those attempting to leave some early marks this week.

That is the case courtesy of the conducting of the all-deciding annual I-Meck Conference championship cross -country meet Tuesday.

For the one and only time all season, all of the long distance runners from throughout the I-Meck will be at the same site competing at the same time and on the same course in order to determine both team and individual bragging rights.

Lake Norman has been designated at the official host school of the title meet scheduled to be held on the McAlpine Greenway Park cross country course.

From the circuit’s championship event, top solo finishers will be rewarded with All-I-Meck Conference status, while teams gathering in the fewest number of points will be singled out as this season’s league champions.

The meet will be used to also familiarize the area entries with the site as well in order to prepare for additional competition tabled to also take place there.

LNHS and MHS runners earning the right to do so will return to the same McAlpine Park site to help form the field for the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A class West Regional Cross Country Championships that will be held the first weekend of November.

From the regional race, those meriting the right to do so will move on into the NCHSAA 4A state finals slated to be run Nov. 9.

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