Oaks Third at Cross Country Meet
The Collegiate cross country teams – running somewhat shorthanded – were front and center at the starting line on Saturday at the Norfolk Academy Invitational.
The boys were down two of their top five runners, while the girls were without four of their top seven athletes. Norfolk Academy won both the girls and boys divisions.
Chandler Branton went under 20 minutes for a second straight meet, finishing 15th in a time of 19:53 to lead the boys’ effort.
Thomas Batzel posted his best time of the season (20:09) as he took 17th and Frankie White wound up two spots back in 19th place, at 20:28.
Chas LeHew (23:49) wound up in 33rd place, Matt Unrein (24:58) turned in another solid performance as he took 36th, while Parker Gross (26:57) lowered his PR for the second time in as many races in finishing 38th.
Claudia King led the way for the girls, taking fifth place in 22:56. Maddie Foster followed in tenth (23:56), while Gina Leanzo (26:07) rounded out the Collegiate effort in 14th place, running a personal record for the third straight meet.
The Collegiate runners will be competing close to home on Thursday, taking part in the Norfolk Christian Invitational at Northside Park, just off Little Creek Road.
Norfolk Academy Meet
Teams: 1. Norfolk Academy 19; 2. Denbigh Baptist 52; 3. Norfolk Collegiate 64.
Individuals: 1. Petey Decker (NA) 16:47.70; 2. Freeman (Phoebus) 17:17.77; 3. Zachary Evans (Granby) 17:43.67.
Teams: 1. Norfolk Academy 15.