2018 VHSL Cross County States: Albemarle boys take third, girls take fifth in championships

Albemarle’s boys cross country team placed third in an incredibly close three-team battle for the Class 5A crown Saturday at Great Meadows. Deep Run in first and Glen Allen in third eded out Albemarle.


Deep Run finished with 81 points, Glen Allen posted 83 points and Albemarle was just five positions off Deep Run’s pace with 86 points.


Will Mackenzie led the way for the Patriots, placing ninth overall with a time of 16:38. Harris Naseh finished 14th, J.D. MacKnight finished 20th, Stephen Smith finished 27th and Joe Yung took 31st. Cutter Huston’s 34th place would’ve been enough to put the Patriots in third and Samuel Tamblre placed a solid 54th to give the Patriots seven runners quite nearly in the top 50.


Orange County sophomore Ethan Pettyjohn finished 17th overall competing individually for the Hornets.


Girls 5A Race


Albemarle’s girls cross country squad placed fifth overall in the Class 5A state meet. Araianna DeBoer led the way for the Patriots with a 10th place overall finish.


Madeline Kronebusch finished 29th individually, Madelyne Zarzyski took 30th, Sarah Leach finished 48th individually and Elynore Zarzyski took 52nd. Grace Kohler finished 55th overall. The Patriots were part of a tight group of team finishes behind champion Tuscarora. Albemarle’s 114 points were just eight points behind state runner-up Deep Run who had 106, Briar Woods had 108 in third, Glen Allen had 109 in fourth.


Boys 4A Race


Louisa boys cross country finished eighth as a team in the Class 4A race at Great Meadows. Branden Wood took 20th overall while Matt Klapak finished 21st right behind him. Bowen Varney finished 63rd individually,Kyler Soriano took 78th and Everett Robinson took 86th.


Charlottesville’s Reece McKee, who qualified individually finished 42nd overall.


Girls 4A Race


Louisa County’s Cierra Caicedo, who qualified individually in the region race, finished 18th overall in the state. Teammate Alayna Campbell checked in at 63rd overall.