Rockbridge County Girls Second In Valley

Rockbridge County Girls Second In Valley

RUNNERS START the boys’ race at the Valley District Meet on Tuesday of last week at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg. Wildcats near the front include seniors John Ryan Sedovy (843) and Josh Wawrzyniak (845). Both runners, along with junior teammate Kyle Kendall, qualified for next Wednesday’s Region 3C Meet. (Jonathan Schwab photo)

Rockbridge County Girls Second In Valley

AS COACHES and spectators protect themselves from the rain, runners begin the girls’ race. Wildcats leading the way are (from right) senior Karalyn Timmes (854), freshmen Megan Timmes (855), Ellie Mastin and Elizabeth McClung, and senior Liesel Nelson. The Wildcats placed second to advance to the Region 3C Meet. (Jonathan Schwab photo)

With four freshmen and three seniors, the Rockbridge County High School girls cross country team placed second of six teams at the Valley District Meet on Tuesday of last week at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg to advance to the Region 3C Meet. Also advancing on the rainy afternoon 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 next Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Taking on the moderately hilly 5-kilometer course that was made slippery by the rain, the RC girls finished with 62 points, trailing only 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. Last year, the Wildcats placed second to Broadway.

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, personal-record 23:55.4) and Jessa Hoover (25th, PR 23:55.5).

Pleased with the Lady Wildcats’ performance, RC head coach Julie Tisone said, “I was definitely hoping for that – to go on to regions as a team. … I think they did a good job. The freshmen stepped up.”

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). Last year, the RC boys placed third, when three teams advanced to the regional meet.

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.

Wawrzyniak, who hopes to advance to the state meet for the second consecutive year, said, “The second hill was crazy hard. The conditions weren’t actually that terrible, but it was slippery. … I’m really happy to advance, and onto the next one.”

Sedovy finished 18th in 18:22.9, and Kendall came in 25th in 19:20. Wawrzyniak said he was “really happy” that two teammates advanced. “We’ve been going pretty hard recently.”

Wildcats following Kendall and concluding their season were junior Pierson Hull (33rd, 20:10), senior Adam Saacke (34th, PR 20:10.5), freshman Zeke Mohr (35th, PR 20:20.6) and senior Henry Haywood (37th, 21:24.1).

The RC boys were missing one of their usual varsity runners, senior Owen Hall, who came to support his teammates but didn’t run in the last few meets of the season due to shin splints.

“We were happy to get three moving on,” Tisone said. “They all looked good. I’m happy with a longer season.”

Next Wednesday’s regional meet will start with the girls’ race at 3 p.m., followed by the boys’ race at 3:45. The top three teams and the top five individuals outside of those teams will advance to the Class 3 state meet.

Looking ahead to the regional meet, Wawrzyniak said, “I’m excited. We’ll relax a little bit and then train hard for it and get better.”

Tisone said the goals following the district meet were to “get everyone healthy and for states.”

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