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Cross Country Teams Win, Achieve Goals

Varsity Cross Country
R-MA ran its second meet of the season on its home course.  The boys won the race with a score of 17 to Middleburg's score of 26 and Mt. View's score of 40.  The boys had 3 of the top 5 runners and were led by senior Ben Kopjanski, James Ross and Lawrence Carvana.   

The girl's team also pulled out a first place tie with Chelsea Academy due to first place finish by sophomore Cecelia Paredes.  Freshman Sam Bai had a strong race and finished third overall.  Cat Thomas was able to secure the tie by passing two runner in the last 100 meters to finish in 6th place.  Quinlin Bruhn rounded out the scoring by finishing in 8th place in only her second race of the year. 

R-MA's next meet will be at home on Tuesday as they host the DAC second meet of the year.  Race time is 4:00 for the boys and 4:45 for the girls.  

Middle School Cross Country
Since the start of the season, the Middle School Cross Country runners have been assigned the same assignment the night before a meet- set a goal.  While most set the goal of “no walking” for the first race, the goals have adapted and changed along with the runners.  Many of the students set their focus for today’s meet on finishing at a particular ranking or running at a challenging pace.  Despite heading back out to West Virginia to a familiar course and running against the same students that they have competed against in the past two meets, the R-MA Middle School Cross Country runners are not the same runners they once were.  They are no longer content with “no walking” during a race.  Instead, they want to drop time, they want to place, and they want to compete… and compete they did!  Kamila Y. took 4th place for the girls, Ben M. took 5th place for the boys, Layla D. had an exciting sprint to the finish beating a St. Joseph’s female runner over the line by a toe, and Maddox N. ran a personal best by running a 9:30 pace at mile 1.  

The R-MA students will see the competition come back to their home turf next week where new goals will be reached and personal records will be made.