The Western Albemarle girls and boys cross country teams came away with second place showings in the Region 3A West championships to advance to the VHSL championship next weekend.
The Warriors girls got the job done with Averi Witt leading the way with an 18:51 time to earn fourth place. Back from injury, Zoe Clay was soon to follow at 18:58 to take sixth place and give Western a great 1-2 start. Just over a minute later, Alyssa Santoto Adajian came in 14th at 19:46 and Jenna Hill followed up in 1th at 19:51.
Blacksburg took home the team championship with its top four going a remarkable 1-2-5-7 with the highest time at 19:02. Fluvanna County’s Saige Haney, Jackie Rodriguez and Monticello’s Maria Vizcaino advance as individuals.
On the boys side, the Warriors saw another runner come back from injury with Cyrus Rody-Ramazani’s 9th place time of 16:33 leading the pack. Freshmen Joe Hawkes placed ninth at 16:37 and Stuart Terrill took 15th at 16:43. With Max Miller’s 16:57 time good for 35th, Western was able to comfortably edge Christiansburg for second while Blacksburg beat the Warriors by 14 points for first place.
Region 5A North
Ryan Helmers continues to put her team in contention. Her third place showing in the Region 5A North championship led to the Patriots’ third place showing.
Helmers came in at 17:59, just five seconds off from finishing second. With Natalie Li landing in 17th at 19:27, Emma Weaver at 19:52, and Beth Shifflett at 32nd with a time of 20:03 the Patriots managed to edge Potomac Falls by three points for third place as a team.
Orange County’s Caroline Marquis finished in 15th at 19:12 to earn a spot in the state meet.
In the boy’s race, Albemarle was able to hold off Atlee for fifth place to move on as a team. The Patriots were lead by Mark Pellissier who was 21st, Sean McGovern in 24th and Zach Mackenzie who landed in 26th place.
Region 2A East
Goochland’s Austin Bruce is headed to the state title meet thanks to his sixth place time in the Region 2A East championship. The junior placed sixth with a time of 17:14. Senior Johsua Hobbs also qualified with his 17th place finish.