Bushee & Atchue Finally Break Through At XC States

The first two winners were the ones we had to wait the longest for. Both Gillian Bushee and Nathan Atchue have earned every award in the book and were each multiple-time state track champions but both were missing the big XC state title. That of course changed this weekend. 

VHSL Class 6 Results 

First up was Gillian Bushee in the girls race. She faced off with some tough competition in Thais Rolly (2020 Champion) and Aidan McGrath of West Springfield. Though she led throughout, it was not until 800m to go that Bushee opened up any lead at all. 

You could tell that she really wanted this one and she left it all out on the course. This capped off a stellar cross season for her and helped her remain undefeated on the season. 

Girls Class 6 All-State Finishers:

1Gillian Bushee 12Herndon 18:17.00 0
2Thais Rolly 12McLean 18:45.00 0
3Aidan MacGrath 11West Springfield 18:50.00 1
4Lila Waters 12Langley 19:04.00 2
5Kenza Elakari 12West Springfield 19:06.00 3
6Keira Arenholz 9W.T. Woodson 19:08.00 4
7Sitota Mesfin 12Oakton 19:21.00 5
8Elizabeth Gregory 11Forest Park 19:26.00 6
9Adeline Barker 10West Springfield 19:27.00 7
10Hazel Calway 10Langley 19:27.00 8
11Calypso Rolly 10McLean 19:30.00 0
12Christina Elliott 12Fairfax 19:32.00 0
13Hannah Weber 12Battlefield 19:37.00 9
14Lila Pesavento 10Langley 19:45.00 10
15Chloe Miller 11West Springfield 19:53.00 11

Up next was Nathan Atchue and his turn to shine. Throughout his race it was equally as tough with some really good guys including Isaac Garcia and Quinn Parrish pushing him early on. Hayden Hauser was also in contention early on but on the back half of the course Atchue made his move and started to gap the field. By the two mile it was just him and Garcia who had fallen back close to 50m. 

Nathan without a doubt was and is one of the most talented runners all season in VA. His stats wouldn't quite show that but after college visits, COVID, and all the other stuff it was hard to juggle during the regular season. When it mattered most though, Nathan walked away victorious and is now a four-time state champion. 

Boys Class 6 All-State Finishers