Hunter sets the pace as STAB girls cross country wins state title

St. Anne’s-Belfield’s girls cross country team took advantage of the fact that senior Maddie Hunter was running in her last state championship meet Friday.


In fact, they made the absolute most of it.


With Hunter winning the individual VISAA D1 title in a time of 19:02.75, the Saints’ other runners put in huge races to win the team state title for the first time in school history.


Junior Elizabeth Ward finished sixth for the Saints. Javaneh Brown, a sophomore, took 10th overall, Clara Duffy, a junior, finished 12th. Then junior Hope Vanderlinde stepped up to close out the scoring for the Saints with a 48th overall finish. Vanderlinde’s race was critical to holding off second place Bishop O’Connell as O’Connell put together five finishers in the race’s top 27.