Multiple Teams · Alli Crytser, Wes Gable Lead XC Hawks at Pole Green


Alli Crytser

Alli Crytser

Wes Gable

Hannah Clarke

Hannah Clarke

Alli Crytser, Wes Gable Lead XC Hawks at Pole Green

Story by Andrew Stoddard, Photos by Tim Crytser

On Saturday, September 7, a day of abundant sunshine, the Hanover cross country team ran its first 5K of the season at Pole Green Park in the annual Pole Green XC Classic.

The shorthanded varsity girls put forth a great effort, finishing 12th out of 20 schools. The Hawks were led by freshmen sensation Alli Crytser, whose time of 18:59 was good for third place in a competitive field.  Erika Osborn (21:50.10), Delaney Childs (22:23.70), Bella Faudale (22:24.80), and Grace Bell (22:45.90) also ran varsity for the Hawks on Saturday.

Junior Wes Gable paved the way for the varsity boys, running a personal best time of 18:03.70, good for 79th place. Joining him on the varsity squad were: Nick Ligday (18:14), Tristin Lemens (18:20.30), Troy Charania (18:29.40), Cole Myers (18:42.60), Khaliq McQueen (19:19), and Ethan Coleman (19:20.30). The boys’ varsity placed 19th of 28 schools.

In the JV division, Oak Knoll Middle School 8th grader Hannah Clarke stood out with an outstanding second place finish, with a time of 22:01.20.  Sophomore Canon Sandefur led the JV Boys with a time of 20:40.50, good for 71st place. Here’s a complete list of the Hawks’ harriers on Saturday:


18:59.00 SB Alli Crytser 3rd Championship Girls
21:50.10 SB Erika Osborn 62nd Championship Girls
22:01.20 SB Hannah Clarke 2nd JV Girls
22:23.70 SB Delaney Childs 79th Championship Girls
22:24.80 SB Bella Faudale 82nd Championship Girls
22:45.90 SB Grace Bell 93rd Championship Girls
24:04.00 SB Sybil Harrell 20th JV Girls
26:57.90 SB Ronin Von Ofenheim 85th JV Girls
27:27.70 SB Monica Arechiga 93rd JV Girls
27:36.10 SB Kirsten McCarty 95th JV Girls
27:52.50 SB Natalie Bestafka 102nd JV Girls
28:02.40 SB Katherine Housden 109th JV Girls
28:11.00 SB Rachel Payne 116th JV Girls
18:03.70 SB Wes Gable 79th Championship Boys
18:14.00 SB Nicholas Ligday 94th Championship Boys
18:20.30 SB Tristin Lemens 102nd Championship Boys
18:29.40 SB Troy Charania 110th Championship Boys
18:42.60 SB Cole Myers 125th Championship Boys
19:19.00 SB Khaliq McQueen 169th Championship Boys
19:20.30 SB Ethan Coleman 170th Championship Boys
20:40.50 SB Canon Sandefur 71st JV Boys
20:55.40 SB Matthew Droujinsky 78th JV Boys
21:07.10 SB Joseph Faudale 88th JV Boys
21:15.60 SB Seth Miller 94th JV Boys
21:24.10 SB Jack Payne 102nd JV Boys
21:30.60 SB Jacob Dills 109th JV Boys
21:53.90 SB Brandon Gaugler 122nd JV Boys
22:07.60 SB Sully Brady 124th JV Boys
22:39.40 SB Ryan Kocik 153rd JV Boys


Bethany Graham of John Champe High School won the varsity girls race in an astonishing 17:39.30, while Midlothian High School won the team title with 47 points. Daniel O’Brien of Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg bested the boys’ varsity field with a time of 15:24.50, and the team honors went to L.C. Bird with a team score of 108 points.

Congrats to all of our runners! The Hawks are back in action in the RVA Relays at Pole Green Park on Saturday, September 21st.