Louisa runners earn all-state honors

The Louisa Lions cross country teams wrapped up their season over the weekend, racing in the Virginia High School League Class 4 state championship at Great Meadows in The Plains on Nov. 16. Several of Louisa’s runners earned personal best times in the race and two were named to the all-state team for their performance.

Branden Wood and Cierra Caicedo finished in the top 15 in the boys’ and girls’ race, respectively to earn all-state honors. Wood finished sixth with a time of 15 minutes, 53 seconds, while Caicedo ran the 5K course in 19 minutes for a 13th place finish.

“Branden had an outstanding finish and Cierra ran a really good race,” Lions’ head coach Jerry Cutright said. “With her time she would have finished sixth in Class 5 and 10th in Class 6.”

Alayna Campbell was the second Lion to finish in the girls’ race, placing 46th with a personal best time of 20:54. Kennedy Harris followed in 56th place with a time of 21:12 and Sydney Madison finished 61st with a personal record 21:21. Maeve Myers completed Louisa’s team score with an 89th place finish, coming in at 22:53.

Alison Soriano and Makayla Blair also competed for Louisa, garnering season best times of 23:31 and 25:15, respectively.

The Lions scored 222 points to finish ninth. Loudoun Valley won the race with 36 points, followed by Blacksburg with 59. Millbrook finished third with a core of 116.

In the boys’ race, Bowen Varney finished in the top 25, scoring a 24th place finish with a season best 16:43. Matt Klapak (51st), Kyler Soriano (69th) and Everett Robinson (75th) also ran personal best races, finishing with respective times of 17:15, 17:38 and 17:43. Caiden Davenport (17:59) and Josiah Cannon (18:00) also competed in the race for the Lions, completing the course with back-to-back 83rd and 84th place finishes.

Louisa’s boys’ team totaled 180 points for a 7th place finish. Loudoun Valley finished first with 17 points thanks to a sweep of the top four places. Grafton placed second with 86 points and Lee-Davis was third with 132.

“We have a really solid team,” Cutright said. “We’re going to have a lot of people coming back next year, so we’re excited for the future.”