Coed Varsity Cross Country · Cross Country Team Takes 3rd in New Jersey

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XC Runs Thrilling Times Among The Thrill Rides at Six Flags

By Andrew Stoddard

Team photo provided by Tim Crytser

Individual Pictures by Tom Smith of TSPImages

On Saturday, September 28, the Hanover cross country team competed in the state of New Jersey for the first time in school history, and it proved to be well worth the trip.

The girls’ varsity squad excelled on the flat and fast course at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Freshman Alli Crytser put forth a phenomenal effort, clocking in at 18:27 for 5K to win the Girls Varsity B Division race at the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational. Crytser’s victory propelled the Hawks to a third place finish out of 15 teams in the Girls Varsity B Division with 96 points.  Crytser was joined on the varsity squad by Makenzie Joiner (20th/21:15), Erika Osborn (26th/21:31), Delaney Childs (27th/21:40), and Bella Faudale (32nd/22:06).

The boys’ varsity ran in a tightknit pack on their way to a fifth place finish out 20 teams in the Boys Varsity B Division.  Senior Cole Myers showed the way with a personal best time of 17:11, good for 12th place.  The other varsity boys runners included: Nick Ligday (28th/17:29), Ethan Coleman (30th/17:31), Wes Gable (40th/17:43), Tristin Lemens (44th/17:57), Troy Charania (47th/18:02), and Khaliq McQueen (92nd/19:20).

In total, 13 Hawk harriers ran their personal best time in New Jersey, with six others running a season best time.  See below for a complete list of results from Hanover’s runners:

17:11.00 SB Cole Myers 12th Varsity B
17:29.00 SB Nicholas Ligday 28th Varsity B
17:31.00 SB Ethan Coleman 30th Varsity B
17:43.00 SB Wes Gable 40th Varsity B
17:57.00 SB Tristin Lemens 44th Varsity B
18:02.00 SB Troy Charania 47th Varsity B
19:20.00 Khaliq McQueen 92nd Varsity B
19:49.00 SB Ethan Hicks 38th JV B
19:57.00 SB Jacob Dills 44th JV B
19:58.00 SB Joseph Faudale 46th JV B
20:29.00 SB Canon Sandefur 64th JV B
21:18.00 SB Kyle Oakley 93rd JV B
21:46.00 SB Brandon Gaugler 114th JV B
23:09.00 Ryan Kocik 167th JV B


18:27.00 SB Alli Crytser 1st Varsity B
21:15.00 SB Makenzie Joiner 20th Varsity B
21:31.00 SB Erika Osborn 26th Varsity B
21:40.00 SB Delaney Childs 27th Varsity B
22:06.00 SB Bella Faudale 32nd Varsity B
24:30.00 SB Emily Lawson 29th JV B
25:06.00 SB Garnett Martin 36th JV B
25:13.00 SB Kirsten McCarty 39th JV B
27:09.00 SB Rachel Payne 69th JV B
28:04.00 Monica Arechiga 80th JV B


Colts Neck High School (NJ) won the Girls Varsity B Division with a low total of 34 points.  The Cougars of Colts Neck also claimed the championship in the Boys Varsity B Division with 60 points, aided by the individual victory of Matthew Bogdan (16:14).

The Hawks take to the course again this Saturday, October 5 for the Great American Cross Country Festival at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.