from left, members of Lancaster High’s cross country team are (first row) Vilesha Waller, Corina Ireland, Marytrant Tippett, Moira Hull, Marissa Morales and Mary Frere; (second row) Roman Cutler, Drew Smith, Alex Green, Cole Schomer, Ronnie Cutler, Michael McGrath, John Richardson, Wyatt McCranie and assistant coach Justin Stewart; (third row) coach Joanne Webb-Fary, Beau Nickerson, Travis Boyd, Sean Jones, Nick Green, Devin Smith, Kyle Bennett, Tanner Steensma, Nash McMannus and assistant coach Jim Timm. Other members of the team are Weston Schomer, Elizabeth Robertson, Dazah Davenport and coach Mark Gates. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Frere ran the 3.1-mile race in 21:46.27 to win and lead Lancaster's girls to a seventh-place finish out of 12 teams. The Lady Devils scored 176 points. Winner Peninsula Catholic scored 75 and Smithfield was second with 84. Maggie Walker Governor's School scored 113 for third.
The Northern Neck District had two of the best runners at the meet with Frere winning and Northumberland's Trinity Bea finishing as the runner-up in 21:54.58. The Indians' Sarah Schindler was ninth in 22:58.06 and India Eguiguren was 13th in 23:34.03.
The Lady Indians did not have five runners so did not score in team competition.
Lancaster had seven runners, including seniors Dazah Davenport, Moira Hull and Elizabeth Robertson, freshmen Marytrant Tippett and Vilesha Waller, and junior Corina Ireland.
Marissa Morales is also a freshman runner for Lancaster's girls but did not compete Saturday.
"We have some very strong leadership on both the girls and boys teams," said LHS coach Joanne Webb-Fary. "We have some strong seniors but some great upstarts in our freshmen, like Mary Frere. She's gotten off to a great start."
Along with her win in Newport News, Frere finished third in the Lady Devils' opening meet at Washington & Lee last Wednesday. The Eagles' Kathryn Beddoo was the winner in 21:35 and Schindler was the runner-up in 23:18. Frere crossed the line on Schindler's heels in 23:26. Robertson was seventh in 25:54, Ireland 10th in 28:27, Waller 16th in 30:45 and Davenport 18th in 31:05.
The Lady Eagles, although they only had one racer finish in the top 10, actually won the meet with 25 points. Lancaster was second with 31. The Indians and Essex did not field complete teams.
Lancaster's boys team is led by senior returner Ronnie Cutler, who was the individual medalist in last week's district meet at Washington & Lee. Cutler ran the 3.1-mile race in 18:51 and was Lancaster's only finisher in the top five. Washington & Lee won the meet with 22 points and took four of the top five places. Lancaster was second with 38.
Essex and Northumberland did not compete as teams. However, Billy Pipkin had the best finish among individuals for the Indians. He finished sixth overall in 20:21, just nine seconds ahead of Lancaster senior Weston Schomer, who was seventh in 20:30. Lancaster junior Sean Jones followed Schomer across the finish line in eighth place in 20:41. Also scoring for the Devils were sophomores Tanner Steensma (21:14) and Drew Smith (21:59).
Webb-Fary said both Steensma and Smith are "strong runners," and along with Schomer's brother, sophomore Cole Schomer, will lead the group of younger runners on the LHS team.
W. Schomer led the boys team in Newport News Saturday. Schomer had the best finish at 61 among 166 runners in the boys C division race. He ran a 20:22.94 race with Jones finishing 55th in 20:32.97. Also scoring for LHS were C. Schomer (21:09.70) and junior returner Kyle Bennett (21:21.92). Lancaster was 13th out of 21 teams in scoring with 300 points. Maggie Walker won the race with 78 points and had three runners finish in the top 10.
Northumberland's Pipkin ran a 20:11.05 race to finish 51st overall.
Lancaster's boys team also includes seniors Beau Nickerson, Travis Boyd and William Gill; junior Nick Green, sophomore John Richardson and freshmen Nash McManus, Wyatt McCranie, Devin Smith, Michael McGrath and Alex Green. Cutler's younger brother, Roman, is a seventh-grader who will compete as a middle school runner in several racers.
Lancaster has only one home meet scheduled for the remainder of the season and will host Essex, Middlesex and Mathews next Wednesday, September 18. That race will start at 5 p.m.
September 18 Essex, Middlesex and Mathews
September 21 at William & Mary Invitational, Eastern State Hospital
September 28 at Maymont Park Invitational
October 2 at Essex
October 9 at Washington & Lee
October 16 at Essex
October 23 at Northumberland