Western Albemarle’s boys cross country team simply rolled Friday in the Class 3A championships building on a dominant performance in the Region 3C meet in the mud and rain at Great Meadows to wrap up a second-straight state title.
The Warriors swept the top four spots on the podium, with Joe Hawkes’ individual state championship performance leading the way. He was followed by runner-up Jack Eliason, third place finisher Cyrus Rody-Ramazani and Joseph Taylor in fourth place. Will Bonner finished 13th overall to wrap up the scoring for the Warriors. Western outpaced runner-up Christiansburg by 78 points, scoring 21 points in an incredibly dominant display. Stuart Terrill and Thomas Kallen finished 35th and 40th individually and if their scores had counted as the final two runners instead of Taylor and Bonner, it would’ve been more than enough for the Warriors to win the individual championship.
The Class 3A state title is the Warriors’ third championship in the last four years as well as the program’s fifth title all-time.
Individually, Monticello’s Will Krehmeyer finished 12th overall in the race while William Monroe’s Eddie Pritchard finished 32nd.
Class 3A Girls
Western Albemarle finished as the state runner-up in Class 3A behind state champion Hidden Valley. Sterling Hull took fifth overall, Jenna Stutzman and Kate Ratcliffe finished 15th and 16th, Emily Winder took 25th and Alyssa Santoro-Adajian finished in 27th. Western’s Caroline McGahren took 32nd overall while Michal Kipnis took 52nd overall.
Monticello’s girls squad finished eighth overall with Lilly Linneweber leading the Mustangs in 24th, Caroline Wilson coming in 31st, Maria Vizcaino taking 45th, Samatha Lange taking 54th and Josie Leavell finishing in 68th. Hannah Anderson took 73rd and Macy Allmon took 82nd for the Mustangs to round out their contingent.
Competing individually, Fluvanna County ‘s Emily Smeds finished ninth overall in the Class 3A race while Emily Beckman took 44th overall. William Monroe’s Ellie Anderson took 71st while the Dragons’ Kelly Young was 80th overall.
The Titans had five runners in the top 15 to easily sew up the team title.