Johnson claims Region B title, six local runners advance to state cross country meet Nov. 12

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LHS sophomore Davey Johnson won the boys Region B cross country championship in Woodstock on Wednesday with a time of 16:01 for the 3-mile course. (Photo by Wendy Johnson)

~ PVN staff report

WOODSTOCK, Nov. 2Davey Johnson keeps getting better and better. After getting his name in the record books earlier this season (2nd all-time at 17:09), the Luray High School cross country runner set new records last week while winning a Bull Run District title — 16:30, best all-time at LHS and at Chrisman Field. On Wednesday, the sophomore sensation posted an unbelievable time of 16:01 on the 3-mile course at the Region B championships in Woodstock.

Johnson took top honors among the field of 40 runners, 31 seconds ahead of second-place Callaway Beckett of Clarke and 43 seconds ahead of third-place Aidan Griffin of Madison. Clarke’s Jackson Ellis (17:01) and Madison’s Evan Roberts (17:04) rounded out the top five.

LHS junior Eli Jones finished in seventh place with a time of 17:27. Finishing among the Top 10, both Johnson and Jones received All-Region honors and will advance to state.

Also qualifying as individuals for the VHSL Class 2 boys cross country meet at Green Hill Park in Salem at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 were Page County senior Logan Heiston (14th – 17:54.27) and Page County freshman Aaron Hensley (16th – 18:00). PCHS junior Sean Cave narrowly missed qualifying for state as an individual and finished 20th with a time of 18:15.07.

Clarke won the boys division as a team, followed by Madison and East Rockingham — all three qualify their entire teams for the state cross country meet. Page County finished fourth as a team.

Strasburg junior Claire Keefe won the girls race with a time of 19:05. Page County junior Summer Kite came across the finish line in 20:44, good for fifth-place and All-Region mention. Luray’s dynamic freshman duo of Carolina Wood and Briana Plum both finished in the Top 10, also earning All-Region honors. Wood finished eighth with a time of 20:53, while Plum came in 10th at 21:06.

A total of 38 runners competed in the girls cross country race.

Clarke County also took top honors in the girls Region B championships, followed by Central and Strasburg — all three teams qualifying as a group for the state meet at Green Hill Park in Salem at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12.

For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.



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