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Virginia postseason 2019

 

The 4A boys begin the state meet. Photo: Charlie Ban

Virginia saw individual and team sweeps of the 4A and 6A divisions, with Loudoun Valley defending its titles, West Springfield boys winning their first title since 1995 and Lake Braddock girls ending their one-year title drought. Loudoun Valley nearly matched its 1-5 sweep from 2017, and Oakton’s all-underclassman team came close to upsetting the Spartan boys. The Bruins’ surprise competition came from John Champe, which made a brief stay in 6A before being divded up after redistricting next year.

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I’ve begun moving our photos from cross country races (there are a few college and open races in there too) and road races to a SmugMug page – you can see them here. You can also read all of this season’s cross country coverage here.

Mateo Baretto races the Virginia 4A championships. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Mateo Baretto, Loudoun Valley senior

Mateo Baretto rebounded from the state meet to finish 44th at the Nike Cross Southeast meet. He also finished 33rd at the Great American Festival. He will run for the University of Alabama next year.

 

Tristan Brodie races the 5A division at the Virginia state meet. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Tristan Brodie, Stone Bridge senior

Tristan Brodie was Northern Virginia’s top 5A finisher at the state meet, but he also distinguished himself by winning his regional title and finishing ninth at the Third Battle Invitational.

 

Gillian Bushée races the Virginia 4A championships. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Gillian Bushée, Herndon freshman

Freshman Gillian Bushée got a bite of the front pack at the Glory Days Invitational, and she liked the way it tasted. She won the Liberty District meet, finished seventh in 6A at the state meet and 38th at Foot Locker South.

 

Anna Macon Corcoran wins the DCXC Invitational sophomore race. Photo: Charlie Ban

Anna Macon Corcoran, Yorktown sophomore

Anna Macon Corcoran won the sophomore race at the DCXC Invitational, which is apparent from the photo above, but she also finished 11th at the 6A state meet.

 

Julia Ghiselli races the Octoberfest Invitational. Photo: Charlie Ban

Julia Ghiselli, Annandale junior

Julia Ghiselli continued her steady competitive high school career, finishing no worse than fifth in her 2019 races. Along the way, she picked up wins at the Monroe Parker Invitational, the Gunston District and Occoquan Region championships, though an injury near the finish line of the latter ended her season.

 

Catherine Gregory races the Virginia 6A championships. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Catherine Gregory, Forest Park senior

Cathering Gregory picked up some solid results farther south – second place at the Chancellor and William and Mary invitationals and win at CNU and the Cardinal District, but her highlight was a third place finish at the 6A state meet.

 

Amy Herrema finishes the Monroe Parker Invitational. Photo: Charlie Ban

Amy Herrema, West Springfield senior

Following a fifth place finish in the Great American seeded race, Amy Herrema finished ninth at the Virginia 6A meet and 29th at Nike Cross Southeast. She will run for Virginia Tech.

 

Zach Morse races the Virginia 6A championships. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Zach Morse, Oakton junior

Zach Morse led an Oakton team that took at run at the 6A title this year, where he finished sixth. Along the way, he was 57th at the Great American Festival and 11th at the Albemarle Invitational.

 

Jeremiah Mussmon races the Virginia 4A championships. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Jeremiah Mussmon, Loudoun Valley senior

Jeremiah Mussmon went from ebing the third-fastest Loudoun Valley runner to not make the Nike Cross Nationals team in 2018 to the third place finisher in 4A in 2019. He will run for Liberty University.

 

Taylor Ney races the Virginia 4A championships. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Taylor Ney, Loudoun Valley senior

In his first full varsity season for Loudoun Valley, Taylor Ney finished 13th at the Great American Festival and was the tail end of a 1-4 sweep at the state 4A meet.

 

Katie Orchard races the Monroe Parker Invitational. Photo: Charlie Ban

Katie Orchard, West Springfield senior

Katie Orchard was 13th at the Great American Festival’s seeded race and 13th at the state 6A meet before finising 33rd Nike Cross Southeast.

 

Jenny Schilling races the Virginia 4A championships. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Jenny Schilling, Heritage junior

A 62nd place finish at the Foot Locker South highlighted Jenny Schilling‘s season, though she also finished sixth at the Third Battle Invitational and ninth at Octoberfest.

 

Albert Velkonja wins the Glory Days Invitation. Photo: Charlie Ban

Albert Velokonja, Yorktown senior

Though his postseason was marred by a fall at the state meet, Albert Velikonja was fierce throughout the rest of the season, winning the Monroe Parker and Glory Days invitationals and finishing second the Foot Locker finalist Daniel O’Brien in the DCXC Invitational senior race.

 

Garrett Woodhouse races the Virginia 6A championships. Photo: Bruce Buckley

Garrett Woodhouse, Oakton junior

Garret Woodhouse, along with Zach Morse, made up a strong front presence for the Cougars. He won the Concorde District, with 66th at the Great American Festival and ninth at the state meet.

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