(November 17th, 2016)
The Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Teams had an amazing season overall. Both Boys and Girls finished in the top 5 of all invitationals they participated in this season. Both teams had great showings over the weekend at the VISAA State Championships. The Girls in particular had an extremely great showing for this being the team’s first year with a full girls team, finishing 8th of 21 teams. The Boys also had a great showing finishing 17th out of 31 teams.
Leading the Lady Dragons throughout the year, Senior Tori Kahler ‘17 came up big again for the team this past weekend, finishing 8th of over 200 runners with a time of 20 minutes and 54 seconds, and earning first Team All-State, her second state title in two years of running. She finished 16th last year, showing big improvement over her stats from last season.
Junior Josh Kay ‘18 continued to lead the boys team returning with great talent and even greater goals from last year’s campaign. Josh lead the team in the State meet with a time of 19 minutes and 51 seconds, with a close second on the team going to Junior Mason Price ‘18, with a time of 19 minutes and 59 seconds. Senior Alan Salacain ‘17 had a great race and took third for the team, moving ahead three team slots, and helping the boys’ team do well overall.
The Girls’ team had some great highlights throughout the year taking 1st at the first home meet of the season. Eighth grader Jenny Chen ‘21 lead the way for the Dragons with an impressive finish of 25 minutes and 32 seconds. Also emerging as a force to be reckoned with this season was Senior Lotta Dierschke ‘17 having a personal best of 22 minutes and 32 seconds.
Both teams took 2nd place finishes overall at the second home meet of the season. The team saw its first hardware midway through the season, bringing home their first plaque at the Spire Invitational. Boys took 3rd with strong showings from Freshman Colley Bell ‘20 having a time of 20 minutes and 7 seconds and Junior Jimmy Cunningham ‘18 finishing in 2o minutes and 4 seconds. Both times were their personal bests for the season.
When asked what this season has meant to Coach Myers and the Middleburg Cross Country Program Coach Myers believes,
“But all of these accomplishments and accolades are really a minor piece of what it means to be a member of the Middleburg Academy Cross Country team. In my life, the decision to run was life changing one that continues to influence me each day. I now have the pleasure to witness this same process taking place in the lives of my runners, who surprise me with their constant dedication to a sport that they do not always love. Seeing this level of commitment from young people is truly incredible, and has been humbling for me as a coach. They are, as they say, a family: they watch movies together, laugh together, encourage one another, and work together through the hard times as a team. That is the accomplishment of which I am most proud of. ”
Coach Myers also wanted to give a personal shout out as well to Jenny Chen, “She brought home over 8 metals this season, which was our most decorated athlete on either team this season… and she is only in the 8th grade!”
Middleburg Academy is an independent school serving grades 8 through 12, with small classes, dedicated faculty, full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum, excellent athletics, and a remarkable record of graduates excelling at top universities. The campus in Middleburg, Va. is set on a 90-acre estate. More than 20% of the student body comes from abroad, and students benefit from an eight-to-one student to faculty ratio. There are 16 sports teams. For more information, visit www.middleburgacademy.org.