Cross Country

Cross+Country

By Alivia McAtee and Ali McBride.
The Wolverine boys and girls cross country teams traveled to nearby Great Meadows to compete in the Virginia High School League Championships on November 15th. The meet may have been close in proximity, but getting there was a long road that started with training in June.

The girls team faced difficulties after losing their two top runners last year, and the boys team suffered similar losses. Nonetheless, they arrived at the 4A Conference 21 meet on October 29th in Winchester with the intent to qualify and advance to the sectional meet. Knowing that if they didn’t place in the top four teams the season would be over, the Wolverines pushed hard.

An especially notable run was sophomore Grace Robinson’s, who ran a personal record of 20:17, placing ninth and leading the girls team to a third place finish. The boys were led by senior Josh Cromwell who placed third with a time of 16:46 and also placed fourth, followed by Aedan Pettit placing eighth.
Next was the North Regional meet, the last hurdle before states. The girls were led by freshman Emma-Jane Kimmet with a time of 21:05, and the team placed sixth after a suspenseful, tie-breaking run by senior Jenna Goode. The boys also placed sixth and were again led by Josh Cromwell, who placed 11th in the region.

The long anticipated state meet in Great Meadows, Virginia, welcomed the Wolverines with cold temperatures and tough competition. Coaches and athletes arrived willing to race competitively and not expecting a certain placement, but left with numerous personal records and an 8th place ranking on both the boys’ and girls’ side. Freshman Emma Jane Kimmet led the girls, breaking the 20 minute barrier for the first time with a time of 19:54. The seniors finished the last cross country race strong, with Lady Wolverines Bri-Spears Heinel and Jenna Goode running their personal best of 20:47 and 20: 45 respectively; and Josh Cromwell running his fastest time of 16:25.

cross countryboys teamOverall, it was a great season that exceeded expectations of both the coaching staff and the athletes, and shows a lot of promise for the program’s future.