Western Albemarle girls cross country takes Region 3C championship

Photo submitted by Cherie Witt

Western Albemarle’s girls cross country team’s depth gave the Warriors a distinct advantage heading into the Region 3C championships in Pleasant Grove Thursday afternoon and the Warriors capitalized.


Five Western runners finished in the top 10 to help the Warriors notch a 36-point score that easily outpaced runner-up Monticello for the Region 3C championship. Both squads advance to the Class 3 State Championships


Jenna Stutzman took fourth overall to lead the Warriors witha time of 20:10.32 while Sterling Hull was a little more than a second behind her in fifth. Emily Winder, Caroline McGahren and Kate Ratcliffe took eighth, ninth and 10th respectively to wrap up the championship.


Alyssa Adajian-Santoro and Michal Kipnis finished with 18th and 22nd place finishes who’s point totals would’ve been enough for the Warriors to win the title if they’d been the fourth and fifth runners.


Monticello took second overall with Lilly Linneweer leading the Mustangs’ pack with a sixth place individual finish while Caroline Wilson took 11th, Maria Vizcaino took 15th, Samantha Lange took 16th and Kelly Shuren finished 23rd. That effort allowed the Mustangs to hold off third place Broadway who got a big boost from individual champion Jessica Cantrell who clocked n at 19:13.32. Fluvanna County’s Emily Smeds finished in second place overall to lead the fourth place Flucos. Emily Beckman’s 12th place finish and Hattie Lintecum’s 19th place finish gave Fluvanna a big boost while Brianna Parker and Ania Vernatter rounded out the Fluvanna scoring.