The 2013 Virginia High School cross country meets are going on in The Plains, VA at Great Meadows. Here’s our running recap of how local squads and runners have fared in the races.
Albemarle’s Ryan Thomas ripped off a time of 15:36 to finish second overall behind Thomas Edison’s Louis Colson in Thomas’s final state championship meet. Thomas ignited a third place finish by the Patriots, with junior Zach Gentry taking 13th, senior Jakob Brooks taking 23rd, junior Dave Kwiatkowski grabbing 42nd and junior Thomas Jackson taking 55th.
Albemarle finished second behind champion Deep Run (90 points) and runner-up Stone Bridge (94 points) with the Patriots finishing with 107 points.
Orange County freshman Caroline Marquis put together a strong performance in the 5A girls race to take 25th as a freshman, the third ninth grader to finish in the division.
Sydney Winterton was the top 5A Girls finished for Albemarle. The freshman took 32nd with a time of 20:12.0. Olivia Lewis, a senior for the Patriots, took 46th while Emily Smith was 60th. The Patriots finished 11th as a team in 5A.
Charlottesville’s Warren Riley Covert took ninth place in the 4A boys race, racing in with a time of 16:24 as the highest finishing runner that qualified as an individual and not as a team. The Black Knights’ Malloy Owen finished 34th with a time of 17:05.
Sidney Noble and Austin Conway of Powhatan finished 39th and 52nd respectively. The Indians finished 11th as a team.
Nicki Douma took sixth in the 4A Girls race to help set the pace for Fluvanna County’s eighth place finish as a team. Douma was just 36 seconds off E.C. Glass’ freshman champion Libby Davidson’s pace of 18:28.
Devon Burger also had a strong performance with a 34th place finish, Bridget Bossong’s 64th, Annaliese Estes’ 70th and Peyton Olinger’s 76th place outings rounded out the scoring.
Powhatan’s Taylor Holt took 30th.
Western Albemarle’s boys squad grabbed a second place finish behind Lafayette Saturday to take home the 3A runner-up spot. Sophomore Gannon Willcutts led the way with a fifth overall finish in 16:09 while senior Chris Ferguson took 12th individually. A pack of Warriors followed within six seconds of each other as seniors Andrew De Jong and Nathaniel Hashisaki crossed the line just before sophomore Trevor Stutzman. De Jong took 23rd while Hashisaki took 26th and Stutzman took 27th.
The Warriors finished 18 points behind Lafayette and edged third-place Brentsville by just a point.
Monticello’s Cole Dickerson took 30th after qualifying as an individual runner during the region meet.
With just two seniors in their top seven, Western Albemarle’s girls squad put together a sterling performance at the state meet to take second place behind 3A champion Blacksburg.
Junior Annie Taylor led the way with a time of 18:48 that was good for second place individually behind Blacksburg’s Bonnie Angermeier, another junior.
Freshman Averi Witt ripped off a big-time race to take fourth overall in her first state meet action. Chance Masloff in 14th, Alice DuCharme in 31st and Sarah Grupp in 41st rounded out the scoring for the Warriors.
Monticello took 11th as a team with an underclassmen setting the pace. Renee Craft, a freshman, took 40th with a time of 20:21 while Ginny Black and Isabelle Hermsmier took 60th and 70th.