By Andrew Stoddard
Running into a hard wind and on a wet, muddy course, two Hanover Hawks soared at the VHSL 4A State Championship meet on Friday, November 10 at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA.
Representing the girls, sophomore Rachel Crytser finished 24th in the state with a time of 19:59 for 5K. Crytser was the sixth best runner among individual qualifiers from the regional meets. On the boys’ side, senior Nathaniel Good ran hard in his final cross country race as a Hawk, finishing with a time of 17:20 and placing 42nd in the state.
Natalie Morris of Loudoun Valley was the individual girls’ champion, completing the tough course in a time of 18:16. Blacksburg High School won the girl’s team championship with a low score of 34 points. In the boys’ race, Sam Affolder of Loudoun Valley claimed the individual title, finishing the race with a time of 15:20. He led a sweep of the top 5 spots for the Vikings, as Loudoun Valley easily won the team title with 15 points, the best team score possible in a cross country meet.
Congratulations to both Rachel and Nathaniel on capping off a great season for the cross country team at the state meet!