Western Albemarle sweeps Conference 29 cross country meets

Western Albemarle’s girls cross country team won the Conference 29 championship Wednesday at Fort Defiance while Monticello’s girls took third to earn a team spot in the Region 3A West championships.


The Warriors got a big boost from a one-two individual finish led by individual champion Averi Witt and second place Alyssa Santoro-Adajian. Jenna Hill took fourth, Claudia Giortz-Jorgensen took sixth and Emily Winder took ninth to give the Warriors five of the conference’s Top 10 finishers.


Monticello earned its third place finish with Kate Walz, Maria Vizcaino and Sophie Kane finishing close together in 10th, 14th and 15th with Hannah Anderson’s 23rd place finish and Kelly Shuren’s 24th rounding out the Mustangs’ top five.


Fluvanna County, meanwhile, took fourth with Saige Haney placing fifth and Jackie Rodriguez taking 10th. Shae Jonkman, Niva Hoffman and Mackenzie Morris made up the rest of the Flucos’ top five finishing 26th, 29th and 33rd respectively.


Conference 29 boys

Western Albemarle’s boys cross country team rolled to a team Conference 29 title Wednesday thanks to a pack of finishers grouped closely together.


The Warriors netted the win with 26 points as a team, easily outpacing second place Turner Ashby’s 54 points to grab an automatic team berth in the Region 3A West championships.


Four Western runners crossed the line  just a few seconds apart, starting with third place Joe Hawkes at 17:66.88 and fellow freshman Stuart Terrill at 17:17.32. Hawkes and Terrill took third and fourth place respectively individually. Just behind them were sophomore Cyrus Rody-Ramazani at 17:26.20 and junior Max Miller at 17:34.22.


Junior Will Koester’s eighth place finish at 17:45.41 wrapped up the less than 30 second span between Western’s first and fifth finishers.


Fluvanna County’s Jack Rice led the way for the Flucos with a ninth place finish while Monticello’s Aaron Vogeley checked in in 11th place individually. The Mustangs took fourth as a team, with Eli Keith in 18th, Andrew Tamberrino in 24th, Jack Kircher in 28th and Will Krehmeyer in 33rd.