The first athletic event involving a local high school team since the COVID-19 postponements began in mid-March of last year was held Saturday when Grace Christian in Staunton hosted the Grace Christian Invitational cross country meet.
Regents’ boys cross country team won the boys side event with a cumulative score of 28 to edge out second place host Grace Christian’s 38. Will Hoover’s third place finish led the pack for the Lions while Lucas Rose took 10th, David Shonka took 11th, Reese Hoover took 13th and David Keppel took 19th.
The meet included a number of unattached runners as well as some familiar names on the girls’ side where a group of Crozet-based runners ran as the Crozet crew and won the girls title. The group included Western Albemarle standouts Kate Ratcliffe (who won the individual championship) and Jenna Stutzman as well as up and coming young runners Jackie Neilon, Jordan Stone and Hailey Hodson, who all ran last year for the Warriors. The Crozet Crew went 1-2-3-4-6 to cruise to the win in the three-team field with Ratcliffe’s 19:37.9 strong enough to take first. Stutzman was the runner-up.
Regents’ Ellie Keppel took seventh place for the Lions individually on the girls side.