Local teams and runners took part at the annual Glory Days Grill Cross Country Invitational this past Saturday, Oct. 9 at Bull Run Regional Park in Manassas.
Thirty-two teams competed in the seeded varsity boys' race. Top 25 individual finishers included the following Northern Region runners: Lee High's Abraham Yacob (2nd place, 15 minutes, 42 seconds); Chantilly High's Sean McGorty (5th, 15:53); Woodson's Paul Games (8th, 16:01); Jefferson's Jonathan Phillips (10th, 16:02); South Lakes' Nicholas Guarnaccia (12th, 16:11); Herndon High runners Jimmy Luehrs (16th, 16:19) and Troy Hunsaker (17th, 16:20); South Lakes' Will Sickenberger (20th, 16:23); South County's Dylan Morgan (21st, 16:29); Centreville's Bobby Kelly (24th, 16:31); and Robinson's Nick Reed (25th, 16:32).
Other top finishers from the region included Madison's Joseph Galiano (27th, 16:34); Robinson's Patrick Spahn (31st, 16:37); South Lakes' Austin Leggett (32nd, 16: 37); Hayfield's Jacob Miller (34th, 16:39); Chantilly's Logan Miller (37th, 16: 46); Hayfield's Kirubel Akililu (38th, 16:47); Robinson's Jonathan Grantham (40th, 16:49) and Luke Sharkey (45th, 16:53); and Hayfield's John Bozek (47th, 16:53).
The team champion was Potomac Falls (Dulles District) with 118 points, followed by second-place Robinson (192) and third-place South Lakes (209). Other top team finishes from the region came from Hayfield (7th place), Herndon (9th) and Jefferson (10th). Chantilly finished 12th, Madison 15th, Woodson 17th and Centreville 18th.
<b>IN THE VARSITY GIRLS'</b> race, 28 teams competed. Edison's Myah Hicks finished in first place overall with a time of 18:28. She finished ahead of second place Carolyn Hennessey (18:28) of Herndon and third place Bailey Kolonich (18:38) of Lee. Other top individual finishers from the Northern Region included: Jefferson's Stephanie Marzen (5th place, 18:48); Madison's Anna Stone (11th, 19:08); Jefferson runners Kelly Rogers (16th, 19:19) and Sarah Stites (17th, 19:19); Madison's Christina Galiano (19th, 19:32); Jefferson's Rekha Schnepf (23rd, 19:41); and Lee's Nina Srikongyos (25th, 19:43).
Other strong outings from region runners came from: Centreville's Isabella Medina (29th, 19:47) and Juliana Cuomo (38th, 19:54); Jefferson's Sarah Nielsen (42nd, 19:56); South County's Mary Cate Scully (43rd, 19:56); Edison's Tara Tinsley (44th, 19:56); and Westfield's Lauren Hicks (46th, 20:02).
Jefferson won the team title with 91 points, edging second place Bishop O'Connell (92). Centreville was sixth overall and Westfield finished 14th. Also, Chantilly was 16th, Madison 18th and Herndon 19th.