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Virginia postseason team 2016

by Charlie Ban December 13, 2016 at 3:08 pm 0

Many of Virginia’s top runners were younger, lots of juniors, and that bodes well for an experienced group of returners in 2017.

Colton Bogucki finishing the Third Battle Invitational. Photo: Charlie Ban

Colton Bogucki finishing the Third Battle Invitational. Photo: Charlie Ban

Colton Bogucki, junior, Loudoun Valley

Along with Peter Morris and Jacob Hunter, Bogucki was part of the state’s strongest top three, and his 11th place finish at the Nike Cross Southeast meet helped the Vikings to a third place finish. He finished fourth in the state 4A meet, helping Loudoun Valley to its second straight team title. He finished fourth at the Third Battle Invitational.

 

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Emma Wolcott at the Virginia state meet. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Emma Wolcott, junior, Tuscarora

Defending 5A state champion Emma Wolcott started her season in earnest in October, and on slippery ground, finishing ninth in the mud at the Glory Days Invitational. She moved up during the state meet to finish third, then took 15th at the Foot Locker South meet.

Sean Grimm

Sean Grimm at the Virginia state meet. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Sean Grimm, senior, James Madison

Sean Grimm led the way for James Madison’s first state title this year, finishing seventh overall and holding off Lake Braddock’s Tyler Lawson in what was a three-point victory for the Warhawks.

 

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Emily Keast and Kiera Bothwell at the Virginia state meet. Photo: Charlie Ban

Kiera Bothwell, senior, West Springfield
Emily Keast, senior,  West Springfield

This pair helped West Springfield to fourth place at the 6A state meet. Kiera Bothwell finished ninth, two seconds and three places ahead of Emily Keast. Bothwell added a win at the Foot Locker South senior race, while Keast finished 10th.

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Lake Braddock’s Tyler Lawson and Colgan’s Antonio Lopez at the Virginia state meet. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Antonio Lopez , junior, Colgan
Tyler Lawson, junior, Lake Braddock

Colgan’s Antonio Lopez, a Spanish foreign exchange student, helped make the new program’s name with a ninth place finish at the state 6A meet. Tyler Lawson finished a few seconds ahead in eighth to serve as the second man for the Bruins’ runner-up finish.

 

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Yared Mekonnen at the Virginia state meet. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Yared Mekonnen, junior,  Thomas Edison

A few days’ rest while recovering from a stomach bug was all Yared Mekonnen needed to turn in a fifth place finish at the state 5A meet before finishing 28th at the Nike Cross Southeast meet. He also finished sixth at the Third Battle Invitational.

Ava Bir at the DCXC Invitational junior race. Photo: Dustin Whitlow

Ava Bir at the DCXC Invitational junior race. Photo: Dustin Whitlow

Ava Bir, junior, George C. Marshall

Ava Bir was a steady number two for Marshall during the team’s run to the state 5A title. She finished a strong seventh at the fast Third Battle Invitational, ninth at the state meet and won the Foot Locker South junior class race.

 

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Ava Hassebrock at the Virginia state meet. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Ava Hassebrock, sophomore, Tuscarora

For the second year, Ava Hassebrock won her class’ race at the DCXC Invitational. Along with Wolcott, she powered Tuscarora to a second place state meet finish, coming in fifth individually.

Caroline Howley at the Northern Region championships. Photo: Ed Lull

Caroline Howley at the Northern Region championships. Photo: Ed Lull

Caroline Howley, sophomore, McLean

Caroline Howley’s third place finish at the DCXC Invitational sophomore race set up a solid season that ended with a 28th place finish at Nike Cross Southeast, after finishing 11th at the state 6A meet.

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Derek Johnson at the Virginia state meet. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Derek Johnson, junior, Tuscarora

Derek Johnson repeated as his class’ DCXC Invitational champion, this time winning the junior race, before finishing sixth at the state 5A championship.

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Natalie Morris at the Virginia state meet. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Natalie Morris, junior, Loudoun Valley

Natalie Morris’ second place finish at the Virginia 4A championships helped Loudoun Valley to second place.

 

Zach Holden at the Monroe Parker Invitational. Photo:: Charlie Ban

Zach Holden at the Monroe Parker Invitational. Photo:: Charlie Ban

Zachary Holden, junior, James Madison

Zach Holden paired with Sean Grimm to form a strong lead pair for the Warhawks on their way to their first state title. He came on the strongest at the end of the season, finishing 11th at the state 6A meet and 39th at Nike Cross Southeast.

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