Crytser Finishes 8th to Lead Girls XC at States
By Andrew Stoddard, Photos provided by Andrew Stoddard and Mary Ann Magnant of Milestat.com
On Saturday, November 10, a muddy, blustery day at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA, the Hanover girls cross country team toed the line at the VHSL Class 4 State Cross Country Championships for the first time in four years, and they proved that they belong there.
Rachel Crytser led the way for the Hawks, placing 8th in a field filled with some of the best girls’ runners in the entire state. Crytser completed the 5K course in a time of 19:12. That finish was good enough for Crytser to be declared a second team All-State performer. Hanover had six other runners in the race, and they were: Delaney Childs (66th/21:39), Sidney Chesley (82nd/22:26), Garnett Martin (83rd/22:27), Grace Bell (86th/22:33), Makenzie Joiner (88th/22:39), and Grace McDaniel (97th/23:37). Childs and Bell ran their personal best 5K times. Alli Moore and Erika Osborn also made the trip to the state meet as alternates.
Ricky Fetterolf of Loudoun Valley High School was the girls’ Class 4 individual state champion with a time of 18:23. Her winning effort helped spur the Vikings to the team title, scoring 44 points to narrowly defeat Blacksburg High School (48 points). Hanover’s girls wound up 11th as a team, with a score of 267 points.
Overall, this was a great season for Hanover cross country, and all seven girls who ran Saturday will be back next year, so stay tuned!