Glass is tops in 4A-North, but JF makes point

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Lady Cav distance aces and vaulter Davis do well at big meet

By Mike Forster



It's hard to top the Hilltoppers.

In fact, it's downright impossible.

E.C. Glass made mincemeat out of the rest of the 4A-North region, literally running away with championships in both the men's and women's sides of the house.

Powered by nine national elite performances and nine first-place finishes, the Hilltoppers were nothing short of dominant.

On the men's tally board, Glass scored nearly three times the team points of runner-up Fauquier.  On the ladies' side things were a bit more subdued.  There, the Lady Hilltoppers had a winning margin of "only" 42 points.

Here's how the carnage looked:

Men's top 10 teams

1.  E.C. Glass            151

2.  Fauquier 59

3.  Liberty-Bealton 43

4.  Louisa County 41

5.  Amherst County 36

6.  John Handley           35.5

7.  Sherando 29

8.  Millbrook 27

8.  Loudoun County 27

10.Bassett 26


Jefferson Forest scored three points, to place 24th in the 26-team field.

Had it not been for Ben Ottman and Cooper Tedford, the boys' team would have been skunked.

Ottman took seventh in the 1600 meters, clocking in at 4:36.  Tedford nabbed eighth in the 3200 meters, at 10:14.

  On the ladies' side, things weren't as stark.

Ladies' top 10 teams

1.  E.C. Glass            105

2.  King George 63

3.  Fauquier 52

4.  Jefferson Forest 44

5.  Woodgrove 38

5.  William Fleming 38

7.  Charlottesville 36

8.  Fluvanna County 35

9.  James Wood 30

10.John Handley 29


As expected, Jefferson Forest made its big impact in the distance events and the pole vault.

Alyssa Shupe continued to dominate the 800 meters.  The rising senior polished off the field, clocking in at 2:15 for the win.

Shupe also teamed up with Madelynn Knight, Abby May and Erin Saunders to lay claim to the 4 X 800 title.  That quartet knocked down the race in 9:49.

Saunders, meanwhile, turned her focus toward the 3200, where she earned second place with a time of 10:57.

By the way, both Saunders and Shupe had national elite times in those respective events.

Knight also picked up some individual accolades, rushing to the finish line of the 1600 meters in a solid 5:21, good enough for fourth place.

May picked up a pair of team points for her seventh-place finish in the 1600 (5:25).

JF's team cause was greatly aided by Casey Davis.  The soon-to-be Hokie hit the pole vault pit before coming away with a second-place finish.  Her vault of 9' 6" was short of her personal best, so she's in fine standing for this weekend's State meet, which will be held on the grounds of Harrisonburg High School.