, 2014

Area harriers run in state meet

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster junior Ronnie Cutler was 37th overall and 26th in team scoring for the top finish among Northern Neck District runners at the Group A state boys cross country meet in Warrenton last Saturday.

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Sarah Schindler of Northumberland finished 35th out of 129 runners in the girls state Group A cross country meet. Photo by Donna McGrath

Sophomore George Ellis of Middlesex placed 24th overall for the best finish among Region A runners. Ellis ran a 17:30 3.1-mile race at The Plains at Great Meadows.

Region A's Mathews had the best team score with a 228 for ninth place among 16 scoring teams.

The Northern Neck's Washington & Lee was 11th with 259 points and was led by freshman Hasan Gill, who finished in 44th place overall in 18:04.

Lancaster's team finished 12th with 309 points and was led by Cutler, who ran a 17:47 race. Senior Nick Whay was 79th overall in 18:55 and senior Sam Friday was 83rd in 19:06. Junior Weston Schomer placed 89th with a time of 19:25 and senior Kevin McCartney was 95th with a time of 19:49. Senior Alex Alderks, whose time did not count among the top five scorers, crossed the line on the heels of teammate McCartney. Alderks was 96th with a time of 19:52. Sophomore Sean Jones ran a 20:01 race for 99th place.

Radford senior Walker Mogen paced the pack of 128 male harriers with a time of 16:14 as the individual medalist at the state meet. He led Radford to the team championship with a low score of 69 points. Radford had four runners finish among the top 15 team scorers. Parry McCluer was second with 76 points and George Mason third with 88.

In the girls state meet, Wilson Memorial scored a team low 58 points to win the Group A championship. Senior Hannah Rose of Wilson Memorial paced the pack of 129 runners with a time of 18:47 as the individual medalist.

Lancaster had just one runner qualify for the state girls race in senior Elizabeth Flynn, who finished 48th in 22:03.

Mathews had the best team finish among Region A teams, placing eighth with 198 points. Washington & Lee was 12th with 287 points.

Senior Nancy Barnhardt of Mathews had the best finish among Region A runners, placing 15th overall and ninth among team scorers. She ran a 20:36 race. Her teammate, junior Kate Van Emmerik, crossed the finish line on Barnhardt's heels in 16th place with a time of 20:39.

Washington & Lee sophomore Kathryn Beddoo was 21st in 20:55 and Northumberland's Sarah Schindler was 35th overall in 21:25.

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