The most agonizing part of the Virginia A state golf tournament for Brentsville senior Billy Mellon did not occur on the course. Mellon, who qualified as an individual, golfed separately from the teams, so when he finished with a two-day total of 152 at the par-72 Old Mill Resort in Galax on Tuesday, he had to wait to see how his score measured up to the rest of the field.
"I had to wait for over an hour," Mellon said. "I was really anxious, checking every score, because at the time I finished, I had the best score. I only knew the people from my region, so I had no idea who might be shooting well on all the other teams."
Mellon ended up third overall, behind Aaron Summers, of Floyd County, who shot 149, and Chase Kress, of Powell Valley, who shot 151. For Mellon, the wait was worth it.
"I was especially happy, because last year I lost in a playoff at regionals that would have qualified me for states," Mellon said. "It was kind of tough not knowing how I was doing, but I just had to play the course and hope for the best."
Run for Leukemia Society
Osbourn Park tennis Coach Lisa Rucker completed the Marine Corps Marathon last week--her first marathon. A strained knee prevented Rucker from finishing under her goal of 4 hours 30 minutes, but she raised more than $2,000 from sponsors for the Leukemia Society.
"It's always been a goal of mine to run a marathon," Rucker said. "I just never put in the time to train for it before. I was glad I decided to do it with a group like the Leukemia Society, because once school got started this fall, I needed that peer pressure to get my runs in."
Rucker said it was especially hard to schedule mid-week runs around teaching and coaching. She took only one day off from work after the race and said her recovery went much better than she anticipated.
"I heard horror stories of it taking four months to recover from the race," Rucker said. "But I'm fine."
Rucker's knee began to flare up during the race, and by mile 17, she had to stop and walk.
"Pain is not a big deal to me, but this was a different kind of pain," Rucker said. "It was like somebody was taking a knife and stabbing it in the side of my knee."
Rucker said the knee was not injured, but merely inflamed, so she pushed on after popping a few aspirin. She finished in just over five hours.
"I am really glad I finished," Rucker said. "It is such a satisfying feeling. I would recommend it to anybody who has the will power and the time to train."
Indians Take Fifth With senior
Shane Grizzle leading the way and a pack of juniors just behind him, the Stafford boys cross-country team won its fifth straight Commonwealth District title Thursday at Great Meadows.
The Indians scored 45 points--16 ahead of second-place James Wood. Sherando finished third with 65 points, and North Stafford finished fourth with 76. The top four teams qualify for the Northwestern Region meet Thursday in Charlottesville.
Grizzle finished third overall with a time of 16:50, on the same course that will be used in the Virginia AAA state championship meet Nov. 13. He was only four seconds off his personal best at Great Meadows, which he set at states last year. Four juniors--Burt Jacoby (17:05), Peter Whitford (17:07), Matt Blose (17:12) and John Cabaniss (17:24)--finished eighth, ninth, 11th and 14th, respectively, to carry Stafford.
"You're always happy when you go out and win a meet like that," Stafford Coach Pete Gorfida said. "But I think I was more relieved than anything else. We felt if we ran well, we should win."
Brooke Point won the girls team championship by 33 points over Sherando. Led by Colleen Connell's first-place 19:31, the Black-Hawks finished with 43 points. Stafford finished third with 82 points, and Culpeper also qualified for regionals with 86 points.
Stafford's Ashley Dameron (19:52) and Bonnie Ludlow (20:12) finished second and fourth overall, respectively. North Stafford's Kristyn Shiring finished third in 20:06, but the Wolverines finished a distant fifth with 114 points.
Stafford Wins Another
The Stafford field hockey team won its third consecutive Commonwealth District championship Thursday by defeating visiting North Stafford, 3-0.
The Indians (13-3) got goals from Lorrie Watts, Amy Galivan and Ashley Roberson, all in the second half.
North Stafford "had opportunities in the first half, we had ours in the second half," Stafford Coach Robin Woodie said. "We happened to get ours in the goal."
Wolverines Coach Eliza Scott said: "I thought both teams played the best they've played all year. We dominated the first half, but just couldn't get a goal in. They came out really fired up in the second half and took it to us."
Both teams have qualified for Tuesday's Northwestern Region semifinals. Stafford will play the winner of Monday's game between Albemarle and Fauquier; North Stafford plays the winner of the Culpeper-Woodbridge game, also Monday. Both games are at 3 p.m.
If Stafford wins Tuesday, it would host the region final Thursday.
Brentsville Gains Title
The Brentsville girls-cross country team won the Bull Run District title at Rappahannock on Wednesday. The boys finished third overall, but both teams qualified for the Region B meet next week.
"Overall we ran pretty poorly, but we did enough to advance to regionals, which is what counts," Brentsville Coach Rob Dulin said.