Johnson earns All-State honors in cross country as a freshman for the Bulldogs

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LHS freshman Davey Johnson competes at the VHSL 2A cross country championship in Salem on Saturday, Nov. 13.

~ PVN staff report

LURAY, Nov. 16 — Luray High School freshman Davey Johnson followed-up top-five finishes at the district and region level with an All-State performance over the weekend at the VHSL 2A boys cross country championship in Salem.

Johnson finished 14th among 104 top Class 2 competitors in Virginia and became the first Bulldog to win All-State honors in boys cross country in 23 years. Matt Schu is reported to be the last person to accomplish that feat back in 1998.

The Luray freshman finished the state championship at Salem’s Green Hill Park course in 17:32.3 — almost a full minute faster than his Bull Run District, third-place finish of 18:31 on Oct. 27 at the New Market Battlefield course. Johnson finished just 30 second off the lead at the district championship and followed that up with a fourth-place finish at the Region 2B championship on Nov. 3 in Woodstock.

East Rockingham’s George Austin III was the state runner-up on Saturday in Salem with a time of 16:32.7. Austin won the state title in 2019 as a sophomore, and claimed the Bull Run District and Region B titles this season. The Bull Run was well represented at state championship, as Clarke took second place as a team and East Rock claimed third.

The Class 2 boys cross country state champion was Daniel Zearfoss of Glenvar High School with a time of 16:20.8.

Other local state qualifiers competing in the cross country championships on Saturday in Salem were senior Jadon Huffman (46th — 18:31.4) and junior Logan Hesiton (70th — 19:20.9) of Page County High School. Huffman finished seventh at the Region B meet.

PCHS sophomore Summer Kite finished 38th among 97 competitors in the VHSL 2A girls cross country championship with a time of 22:47.7.

The Class 2 girls cross country champion for 2021 was Carly Wilkes of Glenvar High School with a time of 17:47.4.

See full results for the VHSL 2A cross country championships

for both – BOYS – or – GIRLS – by clicking on the links.

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