LEESBURG, Va. — The annual outpouring of talented cross country runners provided the Jefferson High boys with the best competition they will see this season.
The Cougars competed in the “Varsity A” division and finished seventh as a team in the field of over 50 schools.
Ryan Graf was fifth overall and fourth in the count of individual runners’ finishes for team point totals as he led Jefferson. Graf toured the course in 16:09 as compared with “A Division” winner Sean McGorty (15:26) of team champion Chantilly. Chantilly effectively scattered the field with its scant team total of 80 points. Runner-up Battlefield had 194 and Jefferson finished with a team total of 310.
Andrew Milliron (16:35) finished 12th overall for the Cougars. He was followed by teammates Zach Wiberg (76th in 17:42), Jackson Jacobs (94th in 17:53), and Rhett Zillinger (124th in 18:12).
The Washington boys were placed in the “Varsity B” division and finished 46th as a team with 1212 points. Broad Run (171 points) won the “B Division”. Joe McCormick had Washington’s best finish at 172. Camden Connell was next at 204. Hunter Carr (270), Ethan May (276), and Jack Sibrell (290) completed Washington’s five-runner team.
Both county schools were placed in the girl’s “Varsity B” division. Centreville won the division with 127 points with Jefferson finishing 23rd (599 points) and Washington finishing 45th (1,127 points).
Jefferson freshman Abby Colbert ran very well and finished third in the individual standings with her time of 20:30. Anya Wallace finished 90th overall in 22:51.
Destiny Harrison paced Washington’s contingent with her 59th place and time of 22:35.