by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster High School eighth grader Hailey Smith paced the field of 122 female harriers to win the junior varsity girls race at the William & Mary Cross Country Invitational last Saturday.
Smith ran the 5000-meter race in 22:26.40, beating out runner-up, West Potomac senior Jackie Bewick, by five minutes.
Although it was a JV race, there were three senior runners, one junior and one sophomore in the top six. In fact, Smith was one of only two middle school students in the top 13 finishers.
Smith was also the first female runner across the finish line at tri-meet at Lancaster last Wednesday, running the 3.1-mile race in 23:11.
Lancaster senior Leanne Nguyen was the girls varsity medalist with a time of 23:55. Mathews had three runners finish in the top five and seven runners in the top 10 to score a team low 22 points as the meet winner. Washington & Lee was second with 50 points and Lancaster third with 64.
Nguyen was also Lancaster’s top finisher in the W&M race, placing 41st out of 141 runners in the varsity “B” race.
Also running for the Lady Devils this year are junior Mears Pollard, sophomores Skylar Bean and Tara Gill and freshmen Katelin Seaver and Emily Kane.
In the boys race at LHS last Wednesday, Lancaster senior Darius Reed finished a step ahead of teammate, junior Dominique Veney, as the individual medalist. Reed ran the race in 18:56 and runner-up Veney finished in 18:56.5.
The Red Devils had three finish in the top 10 to place second with 36 team points.
Mathews won the race with 25 points and Washington & Lee third with 83.
Lancaster senior Will Parker was 10th with a time of 21:18 and sophomore Deavion Harding was 11th (21:24). Freshman Marshall Lee placed 12th (21:43).
Also running this season for the boys team are seniors Kyle Bean and Nathan Spiers, junior Tucker Vanderpool, Zach Kane and Marcus Keeve and freshman Ashton Hollingsworth.
Lancaster will be on the cross country circuit again Wednesday, September 26, at West Point and will host meets October 4 and 18 prior to the Northern Neck District tournament.