Monticello girls cross country takes second, Western fourth in Group 3A state meet

Zion Crossroads


Monticello’s girls cross country team continued its historic season Saturday at Great Meadows in the Group 3A championships.


The Mustangs’ pack put together a monster performance, finishing second behind Blacksburg as the Bruins had seven finishers in the top 11. Monticello’s strength came not in the top end finishers but in the pack as the Mustangs’ top five finishers clocked in within a minute of each other. Laura Habermeyer took 18th in 19:44, Katie Walz 22nd in 20:04, Maria Vizcaino 24th in 20:10, Gena Lewis 25th in 20:11 and Camden Luck took 29th in 20:32.


Every place in that tight-knit finish was crucial as the Mustangs, who earlier this year, won their first-ever conference title) had to hold off Brentsville District, who finished just two points behind the Mustangs.


Western Albemarle’s girls squad also had a strong day in the championship meet, finishing fourth behind Blacksburg, Monticello and Brentsville. Western sophomore Zoe Clay took fifth overall for the Warriors with a time of 18:54 and junior Averi Witt finished 13th for the Warriors.


Freshman Jenna Hill took 26th, senior Erica Grupp took 37th for Western and Alyssa Santoro-Adajian grabbed 44th to round out the scoring. Kylie Heald and Caroline McGahren went 55th and 56th for the Warriors.  


Fluvanna County sophomore Saige Haney took 23rd overall, competing as an individual.