LHS cross country teams qualify for Class 1 state meet

Lancaster’s Hunter Hayden and Rappahannock’s Chase Wallace sprint to the finish line. Hayden beat Wallace across the line by two seconds. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi 

Lancaster High School will send both its girls and boys cross country teams to compete in the Class 1 state meet Saturday, November 12, in Salem. 

The LHS boys team, led by top Red Devils finisher Matthew Kane, was the runner-up in the Region 1A meet at Newport News Park on Thursday, November 3. Lancaster’s girls team pulled off a one-point win over Rappahannock to place third and earn a state bid. The top three teams in each race, plus the top five runners not on those teams, qualify for the Class 1 race at Green Hill Park. 

“As I said in the beginning of the season, it is all about improvement through the season and peaking at the season’s end is the goal,” said LHS coach James Timm. “I’m proud of their improvement.”

Mathews came away with both the boys and girls trophies and had the individual medalist in each race. Seth James ran the 3.1-mile race in 17:01—20 seconds faster than West Point runner-up Corey Daniel—as the champion of the boys race. He led the Blue Devils to a low team score of 27 points. All five Mathews scorers finished in the top 10. There were 49 runners in the boys meet.

Adelle Hudgins of Mathews paced 40 runners in the girls meet as the individual medalist with a time of 21:43. Hudgins led the Blue Devils to the girls championship with a low score of 27. West Point was second with 54 and Lancaster, third with 66, edging Rappahannock, which finished fourth with 67. 

Mathews took the top three spots with….

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