Lady Wildcats, Three RC Boys Advance To Regional Cross Country Meet

Jonathan Schwab
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Tuesday, Oct. 22 – The Rockbridge County High School girls cross country team placed second of six teams at the Valley District Meet on Tuesday afternoon at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg to advance to the Region 3C Meet. Also advancing were three RC boys: seniors Josh Wawrzyniak and John Ryan Sedovy and junior Kyle Kendall.

The RC boys concluded the team portion of their season, placing fifth of six teams.

The top two teams and the top five individuals outside of those teams advanced to the regional meet, which will also take place at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Taking on the moderately hilly 5-kilometer course under constant rain, the RC girls finished with 62 points, only trailing Spotswood’s 54. Broadway placed third with 59 points. Completing the standings were host Turner Ashby (76), Waynesboro (108) and Harrisonburg (136). Harrisonburg runners did not count in qualifying for the regional meet since Harrisonburg is a Class 5 school, while the rest of the district teams are in Class 3.

Spotswood’s Mary Milby won the girls’ race by 49 seconds, finishing in 20:22.2. Freshman Elizabeth McClung led the Wildcats, placing fifth of 38 runners in 21:33.2, and freshman teammate Megan Timmes followed closely in eighth in 21:36.3. RC senior Karalyn Timmes battled sickness to finish 11th in 22:03.8. Senior Aili Waller (15th, 22:39.3) also earned all district honors by placing in the top 15. Wildcats following Waller were senior Liesel Nelson (23rd, 23:47.1) and freshmen Ellie Mastin (24th, 23:55.4) and Jessa Hoover (25th, 23:55.5).

Spotswood won the boys’ race with 40 points, while Harrisonburg placed second with 48 and Waynesboro (49) finished third. Rounding out the standings were Broadway (115), RC (121) and TA (182).

Waynesboro’s Sam Sikora won by about 10 seconds in 17:04.1. Wawrzyniak led the Wildcats, earning all-district honors by placing 11th of 42 harriers in 18:01.1. Sedovy finished 18th in 18:22.9, and Kendall came in 25th in 19:20. Wildcats following Kendall and concluding their season were junior Pierson Hull (33rd, 20:10), senior Adam Saacke (34th, 20:10.5), freshman Zeke Mohr (35th, 20:20.6) and senior Henry Haywood (37th, 21:24.1).

For the full story and photos from the district meet, please see our Oct. 30 newspaper. Coverage of last Saturday’s Runnin’ With the Wolves Rocktoberfest will be in this Wednesday’s newspaper.

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