Cross Country Team Strong at Invitational
The Collegiate girls and boys turned in strong performances on Thursday at the Norfolk Christian Invitational, Natalie Batzel and Chandler Branton, once again, leading the way at Northside Park.
Natalie took third in the girls race – her best finish of the season – and ran her best time this fall (21:31) in the process.
Claudia King (23:09) finished 14th in a tough field that featured defending state cross country champion, Peninsula Catholic.
Cameron King (23rd) and Sarah Smallets (26th) rounded out the varsity effort, while Gina Leanzo (25:25) ran a personal record as she finished third in the girls JV race.
For the boys, Chandler Branton continued his stretch of sub-20 minute performances, running 19:57 over the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) course. Frankie White (20:43) followed in 26th place, two spots and ten seconds ahead of teammate Thomas Batzel.
Harrison Fuller (40th), Matt Unrein (57th) and Parker Gross (64th) completed the effort for the Oaks, who finished in fifth place in the team competition.
In the boys JV race, Chas LeHew (23:08) took 14th.