Cross country heats up

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River, Liberty host meets

By Mike Forster

  Patrick Henry's namesake school might have a twist on the patriot's famous quotation:  "Give me the Goodview course, or give me death."

The cross country runners from the AAA-level Roanoke school dominated the Staunton River Invitational, held at Goodview Elementary School's course on Saturday.

The Patriots won both the girls and boys sides of the house in fairly easy fashion.

Girls team scores

1. Patrick Henry             48

2. Lord Botetourt             79

3. William Byrd             88

4. Rockbridge County        90

5. Nelson County           111

6. Altavista           128

7. Alleghany County        155

8. Amherst County           185

9. Cave Spring           216


Boys team scores

1. Patrick Henry             60

2. Lord Botetourt             96

3. William Byrd            101

4. Rockbridge County       120

5. Salem            156

6. Alleghany            163

7. Blacksburg            176

8. Staunton River            204

9. Altavista            205

10.Liberty            207

11.Nelson County            263

12.Amherst County           363

13.Christian Heritage Ac.  372


While the meet was open to schools of many different districts, it is worth noting that five of the six Blue Ridge District teams competed.  Northside was the only BRD team not in attendance.

Based on the results of Saturday's meet, it appears that Lord Botetourt is the favorite in the district.  William Byrd and Rockbridge County are both in the hunt for a district title, based on their solid team performances on Saturday.


Top 10 individual girls

1. Alina Woodford      PH 19:54

2. Ana Martha Lopez WB20:56

3. Romona Bryant  Nelson 21:14

4. Eryn Turney           LB 21:17

5. Kate O'Connor     WB    21:48

6. Kristina Hartsook SR  22:03

7. Seema Tailor      PH   22:07

8. Annie Agee    PH  22:25

9. Allison Wulin  Nelson 22:40

10.Laurel Sheffield  Rock 22:49


Top 10 individual boys

1. Michael McBane  LB    16:48

2. Gaige Kern        ALL    16:57

3. Cimarron Nicely ALL   17:15

4. Craig Danner      LIB    17:41

5. Zach Paget          PH     17:46

7. Joe Cotter            PH    17:56

8. Juan Lopez         WB   18:07

9. Robbie Garner Rock 18:10

10.Justin Ginnings   SAL  18:14


Liberty hosts meet

Falling Creek Park was the site of a four team hoe-down.  On the men's side, Liberty played the role of rude host, taking first place behind the stellar performance of Craig Danner.

Danner was the top individual performer, clocking in at 17:39, which was 35 seconds faster than runner-up Joe Seo, of EC Glass.

Liberty's team total of 36 topped Glass's 45, Rustburg's 56 and Amherst's 81.

Rusty Harley Adams (18:26) was third, just ahead of Liberty's Justin Haupt (18:28).  Peyton Mann, of Brookville, finished fifth (18:29).

Austin Roney (ninth, 18:56), Winston Davis (10th, 18:56), and Daniel Brown (15th, 19:23) rounded out the scoring field for Liberty.

On the ladies' side, Kennedy Flynn tried to rally her Liberty team to a team victory.  Alas, there were not enough of them to do so. 

Still, the Flying Flynn settled for second place, with a time of 20:20, just three seconds off that of winner Samantha Francis, of Rustburg.

Flynn's teammates did well.  Brianna DeCatur clocked in at 23:17, good for 12th place.  Autumn Foster finished 18th in the 40-runner field, with a time of 24:41.

E.C. Glass took top team honors, with 29 points.  The Hilltoppers were led by Claire Malloy, Haley Carrington, Monica Gomez, Mary Lundeen and Sims Jennings.  That quintet finished, respectively:  fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, and all were within 54 seconds of each other.

Rustburg (48 points) took second, while Amherst (75) and Brookville (83) rounded out the team scoring.



On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Bedford County Championship meet will take place at Jefferson Forest's home course at Wolf Branch Farm (behind Benjamin's on Rte. 221).

On the following Saturday, JF's Head Coach Jerome Loy will welcome the masses to Wolf Branch for the Runnin' with the Wolves.  That event is always full of fun for runners and spectators, alike.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Wolf Branch will, again, be the site of a primo event.  In this case, it's the Jim Whorley Benefit Run.  That run will pit three monster teams in the form of combined forces of Bedford County schools against those of Campbell County and Lynchburg City.