Purcellville (Sept. 12, 2013) – A weather delay and unseasonably hot conditions could not stop the first Loudoun County Cross Country Championships as runners from all 13 public high schools in Loudoun hit Woodgrove High School’s bucolic course. The Tuscarora girls and Stone Bridge boys came away with team titles while individual titles went to Woodgrove sophomore Emma Gillies and Stone Bridge senior Brady Guertin.
Gillies ran a 19:46 on her home course, finishing eight seconds in front of Heritage sophomore Georgie Mackenzie. Tuscarora senior Natalie Rosas was third at 20:00 flat and one of five Huskies runners to finish in the top 17 as Tuscarora scored 59 points to win the team title by 19 over runner-up Woodgrove. Broad Run was third at 110.
The Huskies depth included junior Anna Wasko (9th, 20:48), senior Colleen Heberle (14th, 21:02), sophomore Madelyn Lazorchak (16th, 21:07) and sophomore Kelly Reilly (17th, 21:07).
Rounding the girls top six individually were Broad Run sophomore Caitlin Dumm (20:11), Woodgrove senior Mariah Quintero (20:17) and Dominion junior Nicole Harrison (20:22).
On the boys side, Guertin, like Gillies, crossed the finish line all alone at 16:03, eight seconds ahead of Loudoun Valley sophomore Andrew Hunter. Dominion senior Trent Lancaster finished third at 16:37.
Stone Bridge put its five scoring runners in the Top 25 o to score 70 points with Guertin supported by sophomore Jack Morton (10th, 17:14), senior Tyler Brodie (13th, 17:18), senior Jon Emch (22nd, 17:45) and sophomore Joe Valle (24th, 17:54).
Runner-up Broad Run scored 84 with Potomac Falls third at 101. The top three boys team in the meet will all face each other again at the Conference 14 meet. Dominion was the highest scoring 4A boys team with 114 points for 4th place.
Rounding out the boys top six individually were Tuscarora senior John Dooney (16:48), Briar Woods senior Ryan Hughes (16:52) and Potomac Falls senior Matt Celsa (16:58).
Woodgrove Sophomore Emma Gillies
Stone Bridge Senior Brady Guertin