In her final high school cross country race Saturday, Bruton’s Clara Wincheski came away with a second consecutive second-place finish at the Virginia High School League’s Class 2 meet, but improved her finish from last year’s state meet by 45 seconds on the same course.
Wincheski had her best state meet time, finishing in 18:59, 18 seconds behind Maggie Walker’s Mary Carolina Heinen on a frigid and wet Great Meadows course in Warrenton. The time, while not a personal best overall for Wincheski, was a personal best on that course.
The Bruton running star had not broken 19 minutes at her three previous state meets, but did have top-seven finishes in all of those (fifth in 2014, 2015 and seventh in 2016).
As a team, Bruton’s girls finished ninth. For the Panthers’ boys, Garrett Turner was the top finisher, coming in 57th in 18:19.
In Friday’s boys Class 4 race, Grafton’s Price Owens wasn’t able to overcome a Loudoun Valley juggernaut, as the northern Virginia school swept the top five places. Owens was the top area finisher, coming in 11th in 16:24. Jamestown’s John Agnew was not far behind Owens, finishing 14th. The Clippers’ Samahd Walters, who won the Region 4A meet, came in 18th and the Eagles’ Taylor Beall took 22nd.
Grafton’s boys finished fourth overall, and Jamestown’s boys sixth.
In the Class 4 girls race, Kira Freedman bettered her Region 4A winning time by 10 seconds, finishing in 19:03 to take seventh place. Teammate Meredith Beaver came in ninth and Region 4A second place Thorin Jean of Jamestown finished 14th. Jean’s teammate, Kirsten Long came in 21st and the Clippers’ Alexa Daley 22nd.
As a team, Grafton’s girls came in third, and Jamestown seventh.
In the Class 3 boys race, Noah Walters of York was the area’s top finisher, taking 18th (16:39). As a team, York’s boys came in 12th.
Caroline Allmon was the Falcons’ top girls finisher in the Class 3 state championship, coming in 66th.
In the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division 2 boys cross country championships Friday, Walsingham Academy’s girls finished third overall, with Delaney Riggs pacing them with an 18th place finish (21:51.47). Teammates Claire Kinney and Frankie Riggs weren’t far behind, coming in 24th and 25th, respectively.
Jake Lobash (18:25.51) was Walsingham Academy’s top boys finisher, coming in 11th. Teammate Patrick Murphy was close behind in 14th. The two led the Trojans’ boys to a sixth-place finish.
Grafton’s girls volleyball team won its Class 4 state quarterfinal match Saturday, going on the road to defeat Hanover in straight sets 25-18, 25-23, 25-22.
Hanover was the Region 4B champion, and the Clippers (22-5) the Region 4A runner-up.
The win for the Clippers gave them an opportunity Tuesday to match up against Jamestown, who hosted the state semifinal match. The winner plays in the Class 4 championship game Saturday at VCU’s Siegel Center.
Lafayette (10-1) will host Chesapeake’s Deep Creek at 7 p.m. Friday in the Region 4A semifinals at Wanner Stadium.
Deep Creek (9-2) is coming off a 39-13 first round win over Heritage, while the Rams overcame a slow start to top Bay Rivers District rival Warhill 48-17.
The winner between the two teams will take on the winner of top-seed King’s Fork (10-1) and Smithfield (9-2) for the region championship.
In Region 3A, York will get an unexpected home playoff game after seventh-seed Lakeland (5-6) beat No. 2 seed Norcom 10-7 in overtime. The Falcons, seeking their first nine-win season since 2012, beat Park View 40-8 last Friday in the opening round. York’s game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Bailey Field.
Lakeland lost its first five games to mostly larger schools, and of its six losses, five are to schools still alive in the playoffs.