Loudoun Valley sophomore Andrew Hunter captured the Virginia 3A boys’ cross-country championship, beating the field Saturday at Great Meadow in The Plains in a time of 15 minutes 37 seconds.
Hunter has enjoyed a breakout season as one of the area’s top young runners, posting top times among underclassmen at major races such as the Oatlands Invitational (fifth) and Octoberfest Invitational (second).
The Vikings placed sixth in the 3A boys’ meet with 202 points. Lafayette won with 54.
Loudoun Valley’s Ciara Donohue placed eighth in the 3A girls’ race with a time of 19:10. Just 20 seconds separated second through seventh place. Blacksburg’s Bonnie Angermeier (18:37) won the individual girls’ title and helped the Bruins to the team title with 35 points. The Loudoun Valley girls placed fourth with 148.
George Mason capped its season with a second-place finish in the 2A boys’ team meet, scoring 118 points. Maggie Walker ran away with the team title with 21 points as the Richmond school’s seven runners placed in the top 11, with Alex Fleckenstein winning with in a time of 15:38.
George Mason’s best time came from junior Jackson Jost, who posted a 17:07. Teammate Truman Custer was right behind him at 17:08. The duo crossed the finish line in 17th and 18th place.
“They’ve been awesome all year, running together all year,” George Mason assistant coach William Stewart said. “They’ve switched up at one and two all year. Truman has been the leader of this team, and Jackson’s a tremendous talent.”
The Mustangs’ girls also placed second in the 2A meet with 90 points. Maggie Walker’s girls won with 23 points.
George Mason’s top finisher was sophomore Blaise Sevier, who finished sixth in 19:52. Maggie Walker’s Daisy Banta won the individual title (18:49).
“The ladies ran excellent,” Stewart said. “We were happy with the performance from top to bottom.”