Lions outrun Mustangs at home

Kennedy Harris races through the Lions’ home course at Jouett Elementary School during the Lions’ home meet against the Monticello Mustangs. Harris was the first runner to finish, coming in with a time of 21:49.


The Louisa County High School cross country teams took on a pair of district rivals last week, hosting the Monticello Mustangs on March 24 and traveling to Fluvanna to race the Flucos on March 27.

Louisa’s girls’ team picked up their first win of the season in the home meet, earning a team score of 27 to defeat the Mustangs by one point. Kennedy Harris took the top spot in the race with a time of 21 minutes, 49 seconds, followed by Caroline Chapman in fourth with a time of 24:27. Alison Soriano and Mikayla Blair finished sixth and seventh with respective times of 25:02 and 25:30, and Yelena Nguyen finished ninth to complete Louisa’s team score with a time of 25:45. Chloe Fritz (27:15) and Olivia Hurley (27:15) also competed for Louisa.

“It feels good [to get the win] because in the last two meets we came up short,” Chapman said. “It gives us a boost of energy.”

The boys’ team also picked up a win over the Mustangs with a score of 19 points. Branden Wood finished first, running the course in 16:56, finishing well ahead of teammate Nicholas Emmert who finished in 17:16 to place second. 

“Over the last bit [of the race] I was like, ‘I feel fast right now,’ and I took off,” Wood said. “Somehow, I held that through the last thousand meters.”

Matthew Klapak (18:06) and Caiden Davenport (18:11) rounded out the top five and Taylen Soriano (19:10) finished seventh to complete Louisa’s team score. Wyatt Snyder and William Moore picked up eighth and 10th place finishes with respective times of 19:23 and 19:41. 

“It was a sloppy day, but overall, the boys performed well and the girls got a big win in a tough race,” said head coach Jerry Cutright. “We’re moving along and making steady progress.”

They carried that momentum into their meet against Fluvanna, sweeping the top five spots to earn a team score of 15 to win the day. Emmert crossed the line first with a time of 16:54.08. Wood came in less than a second behind him, finishing in 16:54.57. Davenport and Klapak took third and fourth with times of 17:45 and 17:50, and Moore rounded out the team score with an 18:31 fifth place finish. Soriano (18:41) and Snyder (19:02) finished eighth and 10th respectively.

The girls’ team scored 41 points for the meet, while the Flucos won the day with 19. Harris ran a personal best 20:58 to finish second, while Chapman and Pleasants both earned spots in the top 10. Chapman placed seventh with a time of 23:48 and Pleasants finished ninth with a time of 24:35. Alison Soriano and Nguyen completed the team score with 11th and 12th place finishes, running personal best times of 24:53 and 25:04. Blair, Hurley and Fritz also ran for Louisa, earning respective times of 25:15, 26:31 and 26:58.

The Lions hosted the Albemarle Patriots and the Orange County Hornets on March 31 for their senior night meet. Results were unavailable at press time. They travel to Panorama Farms in Earlysville on April 3 for a district meet against Albemarle and Western Albemarle. Races begin at 11 a.m.

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