Cooler temperatures and the threat of rain resulted in perfect fall cross country weather as the Clarke County boys’ team took the top eight places against District rival George Mason for their final home meet at Mansfield Farm on October 6th. Running as a solid orange pack throughout the first part of the race, the steep hill just past Mile 2 proved the biggest challenge as the team continued their dominance and the pack separated. In the end, senior Steven Trayer kept his perfect District undefeated streak intact by taking first with a time of 17:48 on the 5K (3.1 miles) course.
The next seven runners that crossed the line were all teammates. Paul Myer followed closely behind in 18:06. Strong support from Zach Campbell (third – 18:53), Adam King (fourth – 19:00), Blake Place (fifth – 19:26), and Chris Smalley (sixth – 19:28) helped shut out the Mason Mustangs. Completing the orange barrage were Ronaldo Jimenez in seventh (19:37) and freshman Matt Dietz, 8th in 19:53. Five of the top six runners are seniors, running their last home meet: Trayer, Myer, King, Place, and Smalley. On the perfect fall day the team achieved the perfect cross country score: Clarke County: 15; George Mason: 50.
(In cross country low score wins, and the placing of the team’s top five runners combined results in the team score.)
The Clarke girls had a tougher time running against the defending State champions, as the top four finishers were all from George Mason, as well as ten of the top eleven finishers. Breaking up the monopoly was Eagle Megan Waring, fifth place in 23:15. Nicole Legare took 12th in 25:06, and Amanda Cascio crossed the line in 15th place (25:58). Behind them the pack of Rachel Dors, Brittany Ayala, Brogan Jones, and Leah Blight took the 20th through 23rd spots.
The final score was Mason: 16; Clarke: 47. Missing from the line-up but expected to compete at the next meet are Top 7 lady runners Ally Kuehm, Kelly Lee, and Courtney Butterfass.
On Saturday the team will compete in the Glory Days Cross Country Invitational at Bull Run Regional Park in Centerville, Va. The meet begins at 2 p.m. Notice the later time than previously published.
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