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There is truly no bigger race than a state championship race. It is a race an athlete works their entire career for and it has the perfect combination of happiness, excitement, sadness, and hardship.
Lebanon sophomore Mary Easton has been the queen of distance running in Southwest Virginia this fall, which the keys of power were peacefully transitioned from last year's ruler of the cross country courses in the far Southwest corner of the state in her former Lebanon teammate and 2011 Region D champ Tabitha Arwood. Running through the snow and mud last week at the Region D Championships last Friday, Easton was a superstorm herself winning by one minute and 37 seconds over Virginia High School's Meta Grayson (8th place finisher in the 2011 Group A state race).
Tabatha Arwood was worried about the weather Wednesday. The Lebanon junior wanted the conditions to be equal for the Region D cross country meet at treacherous Sugar Hollow Park. (via TriCities.com)
The Lebanon boys and sophomore John Ulrich (pictured right by Dee Perry) won out in an early season Group A battle at Run fer da Hills this past weekend with pre-season Group A #1 ranked Radford and their sophomore star Walker Mogen. Urlcich, who placed third in the 3200 at the Group A State Outdoor Championships last spring as a freshmen, won the race individually in a time of 16:59 joining a short list of runners who have ran under 17 minutes on the Holston Dam 5K course. The Lebanon boys, who move to a #2 ranking this week behind defending state champions Clarke County, finished second overall and 71 points ahead of a fifth place Radford squad. Ulrich leaps to the top of the individual rankings with strong opening win in Bristol, Tennessee. Very minor changes this week in the rankings for the Group A girls.
Lebanon's Maidens hit the roads at the Region D Meet and rolled with 15:27 win. Lebanon's move out to Region D from Region C was felt by the rest of the region in Wednesday's regional championships at Oxbow Lake in St. Paul, Virginia. Lebanon had both individual champions as well as taking top honors for the boys' team title. Few coaches and athletes in the region have seen a runner blaze through the three mile course at Oxbow Lake like Lebanon senior Jakob Maidens did in his 15:27 effort. The top ranked runner in Group A looked very strong in his final race before his Great Meadow battle with defending champion Nathan Brame of Radford. His teammates ran well also as teammate Chris Dye was the next finisher as regional runner-up at 16:17 as Lebanon tallied 40 points to win the Region D title in their first year in the region over Virginia High. Virginia High had four All-Region performers with Brian Brillhart (3rd, 16:30), Jack Quesenberry (5th, 16:57), Adam Hobbs (6th, 16:58), and Kevin Derr (11th, 17:24) for a team score of 53 points. Virginia High School girls, led by the Hilliard sisters, Megan (2nd, 20:00) and Madison (6th, 20:58), won the Region D team title with 40 points. Virginia High had strong team showings in both races as while their boys fell just short of a regional title, the Virginia High girls finished 13 points better than runner-up John S. Battle with 40 points. Lebanon's Hannah Yates clocked in at 19:46 for the individual title, while second place finisher Megan Hilliard at 20:00 led Virginia High with sister Madison Hilliard (6th, 20:58) and Lauryn Denton (15th, 21:29) also finishing in the top 15. Region D Meet Top 15 Results - Complete results can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 804-744-2409. Do not have meet director contact information. Region D Meet Photo Gallery - Photos taken by various photographers.