Boys Second in Collegiate Invitational
The Collegiate cross country team didn’t let a little rain dampen its spirits or performance on Thursday hosting its invitational at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.
The Oaks were impressive across the board. The boys finished second in the team race, while eight runners cracked the top ten in their respective divisions.
Chandler Branton (18:37) nabbed second in the boys varsity race, while teammates Miles Edmond (18:55) and Frankie White (19:30) took sixth and tenth respectively, both running personal bests.
“The boys were on fire,” said Collegiate head coach Rob Tupper said. “They just took off, they killed it. It was impressive.”
Harrison Fuller followed in 19th place in a season-best 20:32 and Matt Unrein (21:11, 22nd) and Parker Gross (24:06, 37th place) both shattered personal records along the way.
Malia Mantz (22:34) finished fourth and Maddie Foster (22:41) wound up fifth, both setting PR’s in the highly-competitive varsity race.
“They really worked together well, “ Tupper said. “They pushed each other, brought each other along and had strong, strong races.”
The light rain and cooler temperatures made for a good combination.
“This was just perfect cross country weather,” Tupper said.
And he meant it.
“Cross country is notorious for rainy, drizzly weather with lots of mud,” Tupper continued, “And we had all of that. But it was nice and cool and everyone just rose to the challenge.”
Gina Leanzo added a tenth-place finish in the girls junior varsity race for the Oaks.
“The JV is really coming along,” Tupper said. “Each meet they’re getting better and better.”
In boys JV action, Chas LeHew (21:46) edged teammate Truman Skaggs (21:49) for top team honors, the pair finishing in fourth and sixth place. Ryan Hodges added a personal best 23:51 to take 16th for Collegiate.
The Oaks head to Lynchburg next weekend for the Rod Camden Hilltopper Classic. For cross country pictures, go to Oaks runners.