VA Sweeps FL South Boys' Race! Hunter First & VA 2-3-6-9!

This was Virginia's year! Check out our Virginia Boys' Foot Locker recap here!

Watch Drew Hunter's Record & The Boys' Championship race here! 

Virginia completely dominated this year's installment of the Foot Locker South Championships. The day started off right with Western Albemarle's coach Charlie Hurt running 15:16 to take the open race. He was then followed by Cave Spring freshman Timothy Grider who took the boys' freshman race. Shortly after that in the girls' junior/senior race Cosby's Jordan Elam took the title to help Virginia have three victories in the first four races. Also in the earlier races Virginia has Lee-Davis' Jack Ikenberry place very highly.

The next race was the Girls' Championship Race, check out that full recap here!

Photos by: Mary Ann Magnant

After the excitement of the girls' race it didn't seem like anything could raise the bar but then Drew Hunter toed the line and the crowd grew even larger. Unlike the girls' race, Drew was completely by himself. He opened in a crazy 4:26 and then blew through the two mile mark in 9:07. No one was in sight. He ran around the fields and entered back around the lake at 12:57. As the crowd went wild and all took selfies he powered through and crossed the line in 14:26 to break Sean McGorty's 14:28 course and meet record. 

Though Drew was not delighted with his time it is very impressive considering this year meet management added 70-80 meters to the course to make it almost exactly 5,000m.  That addition adds at least 12-15 seconds which means Drew was around 14:10 pace if the course had stayed the same! 

The craziness didn't stop there though for Virginia. Just after Drew finished down the stretch came not one but two Virginia athletes battling it out. At the line Gannon Willcutts (Western Albemarle) edged out Jonathan Lomogda (Cox) to finish second and third both in 14:59!

Once again, the craziness didn't stop there for VA as just a few seconds later at 15:10 Douglas Freeman's Waleed Suliman crossed the line in 6th to advance to FL Nationals in only his second season of XC! 

All of those exciting finishes were only a warmup as home-schooled Micah Pratt (Patriot Pacers) moved from 11th and 50m down in the final 200m to walk down his competition and finish in 9th as he threw his hands in the air in excitement. Both Suliman and Pratt are both juniors while the other three boys are seniors. 

Also finishing inside the top 30 for Virginia was Fitsum Seyoum (Tuscarora) 22nd in 15:39, Kyle Sanok (The Potomac School) 23rd in 15:40, Tyler Cox-Philyaw (Millbrook) 25th in 15:47, and Dalton Randall (Clover Hill) 27th also in 15:47. 

This race as well as the entire meet will go down as one of the most successful meets in Virginia XC history. Out of the eight high school and one open races Virginia saw five victories and two second places! 

Top 30 Boys' Championship Finishers 

Place	Athlete		Team	Result	Points
1	Hunter, Andrew	12	Loudoun Valley	14:26.00	--
2	Willcutts, Gannon	12	Western Albemarle	14:59.00	--
3	Lomogda, Jonathan	12	Cox	14:59.00	--
4	Brown, Reed	11	Southlake Carroll	15:04.00	--
5	Meade, Luke	12	Sullivan East High School	15:07.00	--
6	Suliman*, Waleed	11	Douglas Freeman	15:10.00	1
7	Dowdy, Cole	12	South Oldham	15:16.00	--
8	Jacques, Joshua	12	Lyman HS	15:21.00	--
9	Pratt, Micah	11	Patriot Pacers	15:23.00	--
10	Cross, Steven	12	Merritt Island HS	15:24.00	--
11	Coston, Eric	11	St. Paul's School	15:25.00	--
12	Bradtmueller, Adam	12	Sarasota HS	15:31.00	--
13	Varghese, Ben	12	Daniel Boone High School	15:32.00	--
14	Fryman, Trenton	12	North Oldham	15:33.00	--
15	Shewbert, Jake	12	Flowery Branch	15:33.00	--
16	Clark, Allen	11	Lakeside, Evans	15:35.00	--
17	Harrison, Hayden	12	Buffalo	15:35.00	--
18	Lowery, Blake	10	Swett, Purnell	15:36.00	--
19	Colaizzi, Tristan	12	Georgetown Day School	15:37.00	--
20	Crigger, Alex	10	Science Hill High School	15:38.00	2
21	Dowdy, Tanner	12	South Oldham	15:39.00	--
22	Seyoum, Fitsum	12	Tuscarora High School (VA)	15:39.00	--
23	Sanok, Kyle	12	The Potomac School	15:40.00	--
24	Taylor, Kieran	12	Catholic High School	15:46.00	--
25	Cox-Philyaw, Tyler	12	Millbrook	15:47.00	--
26	Lane, Connor	11	Cardinal Gibbons	15:47.00	--
27	Randall, Dalton	12	Clover Hill	15:47.00	--
28	Kearney, Matthew	10	Austin Westlake	15:49.00	--
29	Bluth, Jack	12	Milton High School	15:51.00	--
30	Kattenberg, Trevor	11	Holy Trinity Academy	15:51.00	--

Complete Boys' Championship Results