Louisa County High School’s cross country teams took on runners from Western Albemarle and Albemarle high schools in a meet held at Panorama Farms in Earlysville on April 3.
Western’s Owen Shifflett finished first with a time of 16 minutes, four seconds. Nicholas Emmert and Branden Wood were right on his heels, finishing second and third with respective times of 16:14 and 16:17. Caiden Davenport edged out Western’s Thomas Kallen to take seventh place with a time of 16:56.
Matt Klapak (17:27) finished 11th and William Moore (17:55) took 13th place to round out Louisa’s team score. Taylen Soriano (18:38) also ran for Louisa.
Louisa’s boys’ team scored 36 points, finishing second behind the Warriors’ score of 27. Albemarle scored 68 for a third place finish.
Albemarle’s Jenna Coleman won the girls’ race with a time of 19:07, leading the Patriots to a 16-point score to win the day. Albemarle runners took the next three spots before Kennedy Harris broke up a would-be sweep with a fifth place finish, running a personal-best 20:46.
Caroline Chapman was the next Lion across the finish line, finishing 10th with a time of 23:43. Maddox Pleasants, Alison Soriano and Yelena Nguyen completed the Lions’ team score with respective 14th, 16th and 17th place finishes. Pleasants ran the course in 23:57, Soriano in 24:47 and Nguyen in 25:22.
Mikayla Blair and Chloe Fritz also ran for the Lions, coming in with respective times of 25:25 and 27:33,
“We had some really good races,” said head coach Jerry Cutright. “Western Albemarle is one of the top teams in the state and our boys ran a close race with them. Albemarle’s girls are one of the top teams in class 5 and Western didn’t have all their runners, but our girls ran a good race with them. Overall, it was a pretty good meet.”
The Lions host the Patriots and the Orange County Hornets for their senior night meet at Louisa County High School on April 10. Races begin at 2 p.m.