RC Girls Place Sixth At Regionals, Wildcats Conclude Cross Country Season

By: 
Jonathan Schwab
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(Claudia Schwab photo)

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(Claudia Schwab photo)

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6 – The Rockbridge County High School cross country runners completed their season at the Region 3C Meet, with the girls’ placing sixth of seven teams and the RC boys’ three regional qualifiers finishing with solid races on Wednesday afternoon at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg.

Prior to racing, the Wildcats had a complicated trip up, with their bus breaking down at a rest area about seven miles from the course, but they were able to catch a ride to the course when RC athletic director Rick Lollis spotted and asked the Liberty (Bedford) teams stopped at the rest area. Liberty took the Wildcats to the meet, and the Wildcats sent for another bus that was able to take them back to Lexington.

From the regional meet, the top three teams and the top five individuals outside of those teams advanced to the state meet.

Racing on the moderately hilly 5-kilometer course, the RC girls finished with 107 points, finishing ahead of Heritage (186). With three runners in the top five, Western Albemarle (35) won, while Liberty Christian Academy (83) placed second, and Fort Defiance (92) was the other state-qualifying team. Just ahead of RC in the close race for third place were Fluvanna County (95) and Spotswood (101).

WA’s Sterling Hull won the race in 19:26.8. RC freshman Elizabeth McClung was about five seconds behind the final state-qualifying individual, placing 12th of 69 harriers in a personal-record (PR) time of 21:03.5 and earning all-region honors by placing in the top 15. RC’s second runner was senior Karalyn Timmes, battling sickness to place 19th in 21:33.1. Her sister, freshman Megan Timmes, followed in 27th in 21:52.2. Wildcats following the Timmes sisters were Aili Waller (39th, season-best 22:36), Jessa Hoover (52nd, PR 23:31), Liesel Nelson (56th, 23:49.3) and Ellie Mastin (61st, 24:32.2).

Western Albemarle dominated the boys’ race, taking the top six spots and recording a perfect score of 15 points. Jack Eliason won in a superb time of 15:44.8. Fort (102) placed second of eight teams, and Spotswood (105) was the other state-qualifying team.

Leading RC and concluding an outstanding high school cross country career was senior Josh Wawrzyniak, placing 32nd of 70 harriers in 18:02.4. Senior teammate John Ryan Sedovy followed in 49th in 18:46.2, and junior Kyle Kendall finished 62nd in 19:40.6.

For the full story and photos from the regional meet, with a season wrap-up, please see our Nov. 13 newspaper.

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