Lions race at states

Nicholas Emmert races toward the finish line during the VHSL Class 4 state championship meet on Nov. 13.

A trio of runners represented the Louisa County cross country team at the Virginia High School League Class 4 state championship cross country meet on Nov. 13.

Nicholas Emmert finished among the top runners in the state, placing sixth with a time of 16:01 to earn all-state honors in his final VHSL race. He stayed with the pack of lead runners from the start, keeping a steady pace for the first two miles before runners started to break away over the last mile.

“From the start of the race, we ran very conservatively,” he said. “The hills in the back nearly killed me, but I knew if I tried at the last straight away, I might be able to get past someone, and that’s what I did.” 

Caiden Davenport also ran in the boys’ race, finishing 40th with a time of 16:58. In the girls’ race Kennedy Harris earned her second best time ever, coming in 38th with a time of 20:28.

“Conditions [on the course] were a little muddy, a little windy and there’s a lot of high grass out there,” said Louisa Coach Patrick Janovick. “Everyone seemed to be running about 30 seconds off their time, but everyone ran a great race.”

Western Albemarle’s team won the state title in the boys’ race with a score of 77. Grafton finished second with 96 and Loudoun Valley rounded out the top three with a score of 120. Loudoun Valley took first in the girls’ rac with a score of 72. Jamestown High School finished second with 96 points, and Jefferson Forest rounded out the top three with 105. The individual winner for both races came from Loudoun Valley: Graham Mussmon (15:43) won the boys’ race and Ava Gordon (17:43) won the girls’ race.

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