The Lord Botetourt runners finally had a busy week and they made the most of it, competing in two cross country events in the span of six days. The Cavalier boys won both races and the girls took a first and a second.
Last Wednesday the Cavaliers played host to three teams in a St. Patrick’s Day event at the Greenfield Recreation Park. William Byrd, Hidden Valley and Northside joined the host Cavs on a beautiful day in Daleville.
The LB boys had all five of their scorers in the top seven to dominate their race with 18 points. Northside was second with 46, followed by Hidden Valley at 75 and William Byrd at 94.
Botetourt’s Evan Gates was the individual winner with a time of 17:40 over the 5000-meter Greenfield course. Bryson Cook was second at 17:53 and Evan Poff took third at an even 18 minutes. Also scoring for the LB were Carter Hudson in fifth at 18:45 and Cole Stetler in seventh at 19:14. Rye Jackson, a freshman, was ninth at 19:23.
Hidden Valley won the girls race with 28 points while Lord Botetourt took second with 49. Northside was third with 68 and William Byrd had 72 points.
Hidden Valley’s Elle Anderson was the individual winner, crossing the line in 20:25 to 21:16 for runner-up Sydney Vokus of Lord Botetourt. Freshman Ella Johnston of LB was fifth at 22:13 and Lauren Duff was right behind in sixth with a time of 22:48. Also scoring were Sofia Hernandez in 16th and Katie Cross in 20th while Karley Burks was three seconds behind Cross for 21st.
On Monday the Cavaliers ran on William Byrd’s 5,000-meter course and this time LB swept the competition. The girls finished with 37 points with Byrd at 49, Northside at 60 and Franklin County at 75.
Vokus finished second again at 22:23, this time behind Franklin County’s Addie Shorter at 21:43. Duff, Brielle Jackson and Johnston were seventh, eighth and ninth for Botetourt and Hernandez was 11th to round out the scoring.
In the boys race LB won with 30 points to 46 for runner-up Franklin County. Northside had 52 and Byrd had 99.
Nathan Atchue of Franklin was the individual winner at 18:21 and Botetourt’s Gates took second at 18:47. Cook was fourth in 19:29. Botetourt took seventh through ninth to complete the scoring with Hudson, Jackson and Stetler.
The Cavaliers are scheduled to run at Staunton River Thursday in a match that was postponed by inclement weather last week.
James River had a meet at Hidden Valley cancelled last Saturday. The Knights were planning to take the gun Wednesday of this week in a race at the Salem Golf Course against Cave Spring and host Salem High.