Louisa runners keep pace with Western, Albemarle

Caiden Davenport (left) and Matt Klapak garnered respective seventh and 11th place finishes in Louisa's race against Albemarle and Western Albemarle on April 3. File photo

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.

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