STAUNTON — Robert E. Lee’s boys and girls cross country teams turned in solid efforts in their own backyard Wednesday.
The Leemen, led by Oliver Wilson-Cook and Jacob Warner, finished first, and the Lee Ladies, led by Sophie Kozlowski, third to highlight a six-team meet held at the Frontier Culture Museum.
Lee’s boys put all five of their scoring runners in the top 20 to finish with 47 points, five points ahead of Valley District-rival Truner Ashby (52). Harrisonburg (54) was third, followed by Spotswood (81) and Riverheads (127).
The Lee Ladies had four scorers in the top 20 of their race, finishing with 69 points behind Harrisonburg (33) and Turner Ashby (58). Spotswood (104) was fourth, Buffalo Gap (117) fifth and Riverheads (124) was sixth.
Wilson-Cook came home in second place with a time of 16:54, just behind the Knights’ Seth Dye, who won in 16:45. Warner was fourth in 17:22, with Calvin Siemers (12th, 18:42), Cooper Yurish (13th, 18:42) and Alex Lightner (16th, 18:57), completing Lee’s top five.
The Gladiators’ scorers were led by a seventh-place finish from Ethan Ernst, who posted a time of 18:11. Next in was Jack Matherly (27th, 19:42), followed by Nick Van Fossen (40th, 20:30), David Cassell (43rd, 20:51) and Westin McClister (44th, 20:56).
The Bison did not have a team in the boys race, but got good efforts from Oriol Marin (24th, 19:36) and Camron Ray (42nd, 20:35).
In the girls meet, Kozlowski continued her excellent season for Lee with a third-place finish in 21:14 behind the Blue Streaks’ Hannah Miller (20:24) and Turner Ashby’s Emily Rees (21:04). The rest of the Lee Ladies’ top five were Haley Corbin (11th, 22:24), Savannah Corbin (13th, 22:41), Kitty Tillen (14th, 22:48) and Emily Van Assendelft (28th, 24:06).
Riverheads’ Veronica Ferguson also placed in the top 10, coming home in ninth with a time of 22:04. The rest of the Gladiators’ top five included Kordelia Hunsberger (18th, 23:07), Jodi Jones (29th, 24:21), Emma Grubb (33rd, 24:48) and Celeste Shelton (35th, 25:29).
Gap received a top-10 effort from Tiffany Simmons, who placed seventh in 21:52. Annika Fisher was 12th in 22:38, with Anna Cahill (19th, 23:13), Ally Armstrong (48th, 29:54) and Livvy Blackwell (49th, 31:01) rounding out the Bison’s top five.