James River senior William Fowler placed 18th at the Metro
Championships (17:52).
Photo by Jon Fleming
Lord Botetourt teammates Brielle Jackson (222), Lauren Duff
(217), and Brooklyn Hornback (221) race together at the Metro
Championships. Lord Botetourt placed 11th in the team competition on
Wednesday in Blacksburg.
Photo by Jon Fleming

Will Miller of James River broke his own meet course record to win the annual Metro Cross Country Meet boys’ championship last week. Miller won by over 15 seconds on the Blacksburg High School course.

Will’s time was 16:14.70. Cave Spring’s Peter Smith was second at 16:30 and three Blacksburg runners followed, as the host Bruins won the team championship. James River was fourth among 25 boys teams and Lord Botetourt was a spot behind in fifth. Pulaski County took second and Cave Spring was third.

“I thought our whole team ran well,” said River coach Butch Lewis. “It was the best finish ever for James River, and the teams ahead of us were all from much larger schools.”

Also scoring for the Knights were William Fowler in 18th place, Dalton Simmons in 19th, Zack Hodges in 58th and Noel Preece in 85th. There were 215 boys in the race.

“It was a great day,” said Lewis. “Will could have run faster but he wasn’t pushed. He led from start to finish.”

Lord Botetourt’s top finisher was Connor Hayes, who was 15th overall at 17:48. Freshman Bryson Cook was 21st and also scoring were Maxwell Klimczak in 25th, Benny Ford in 35th and Cameron Turney in 77th.

Blacksburg also won the girls’ championship, followed by Rockbridge County and Floyd County. LB was 11th and James River did not have full team.

Kaitlynn Wolfe of Blacksburg was the individual champ with a time of 18:54. Sofia Hernandez led the Cavaliers with a 27th place finish in 22:02 and also scoring for LB were Claire Seibel in 55th, Brooklyn Hornback in 84th, Brielle Jackson in 85th and Leah Misicko in 88th.

James River’s Grace Montgomery was 71st among 159 girls and Meaghan Hix was 145th, running as individuals.

The Three Rivers District meet was scheduled for Tuesday at Green Hill Park, and today the Blue Ridge District meet will be held in Moneta.