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That shot you just heard sail across the bow? That came from the guns of E.C. Glass.
The Hilltoppers made a clear statement of their intent to dominate the Seminole District cross country scene this season.
That declaration came at the 'Toppers' home course at the Lynchburg Presbyterian Home. It was there that the Glaziers took convincing wins over district foes Jefferson Forest, Brookville and Heritage.
With Amherst, Liberty and Rustburg not expected to be terribly strong at the team level (that is, there are some outstanding individual performers on those teams), the Seminole crown seems custom-made for Glass.
The team scores from last Wednesday's event:
E.C. Glass 20
Jefferson Forest 41
E.C. Glass 23
Jefferson Forest 34
Glass was led by a mix of youth and age. On the ladies' side, the overall winner was Kamryn DeCarmo, a freshman who blazed home in 21:23.
The winner on the men's side was senior Collin Montgomery, who clocked in at 17:49.
Top ten ladies
Kamryn DeCarmo EC 21:23
Hannah Royer EC 21:37
Hannah Owen JF 21:59
Kate Carrington EC 22:15
Claire Malloy EC 22:25
Jesse Englund JF 22:54
Abby May JF 23:14
Sims Jennings EC 23:30
Burke Kelleher EC 23:47
Top ten men
Collin Montgomery EC 17:49
Patrick Cundiff EC 18:46
Ben Ottman JF 18:51
Peter Seufer EC 18:54
Bret Romanzak JF 18:56
Cooper Tedford JF 18:57
Matt Pittard EC 19:04
Caleb Pollard JF 19:14
Joe Seo EC 19:23
Tyler Dolsey HTG 19:34
Jefferson Forest Head Coach Jerome Loy was taken aback by the might of the E.C. Glass contingent. Three days after the meet, the coach said, "I'm still recovering."
That's understandable. Jefferson Forest, it is believed, had not lost a Seminole District cross country meet since 1993. Of course, Glass has only been in the Seminole for the past couple of years. Obviously, the introduction of the Hilltoppers into the mix will make things more interesting, come Oct. 24 (the date of the Seminole District Championship meet).
Loy somewhat sandbagged the event at the Presbyterian Home, particularly on the girls' side of the house. The event did not include some of the top Lady Cav runners, including Alyssa Shupe, Erin Saunders, Marie Aboud, Carson Wilkerson and Lacy Sorrell.
The fact that Saunders is the defending Seminole District champion and Shupe is the defending Region III champion shows how much JF held back.
Still, Glass has got some ponies. "Had I known Glass was so good, I wouldn't have done that," said Loy.
"We look forward to the Seminole District meet," he added.
When asked what his plans were to overcome the Glass edge, Loy shrugged and said, "I'm still recruiting."