Johnson earns state runner-up, All-State honors at VHSL Class 2 cross country championships

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LHS sophomore Davey Johnson finished just two-tenths of a second ahead of the third-place finisher on Saturday, Nov. 12 to become the state runner-up at the VHSL Class 2 state cross country championship at Green Hill Park in Salem. (Photo by Wendy Johnson)

~ PVN staff report

SALEM, Nov. 12 — Luray High School sophomore Davey Johnson capped off a great season with a great finish on Saturday as the state runner-up at the VHSL Class 2 cross country championships at Green Hill Park in Salem.

Johnson finished a fraction over five seconds behind the state champion, Mason Erchull, a sophomore from Floyd County; while coming in about two-tenths of a second before third-place finisher, Patrick Nelson, a senior from Poquoson. According to MileStat.com, The three runners finished with times of:

  • 16:33.84 — 1st place, Erchull
  • 16:38.95 — 2nd place, Johnson
  • 16:39.18 — 3rd place, Nelson

Johnson captured the Bull Run District and Region B cross country titles as a sophomore before heading off to the state championships on Saturday. He also set school and course records this season.

Four other regional runners finished inside the top 20:

  • 4th — Callaway Beckett, junior, Clarke (16:47.25)
  • 6th — Aidan Griffin, junior, Madison (17:07.84)
  • 13th — Evan Roberts, freshman, Madison (17:44.53)
  • 16th — Conan O’Neil, senior, East Rockingham (17:47.05)

Other local runners competing at the state cross country meet on Saturday among 101 entries were Page County senior Logan Heiston (35th — 18:28.71), Luray junior Eli Jones (49th — 18:48.94), and Page County freshman Aaron Hensley (96th — 22:10.20).

Central of Wise took the team title. Other regional teams performing well at the state meet, include Madison (6th), Clarke (7th) and East Rockingham (9th).

In the girls Class 2 cross county championships, Luray freshman Carolina Wood finished 19th (21:37.47), while Page County junior Summer Kite came in 22nd (21:55.07). The girls meet was won by Allegheny freshman Kiera Lowman with a time of 18:59.94. Four other regional runners finished in the Top 10:

  • 3rd — Teya Starley, sophomore, Clarke (20:22.73)
  • 5th — Claire Keefe, junior, Strasburg (20:31.82)
  • 6th — Asia Hoover, junior, Central (20:38.35)
  • 7th — Paige Hiserman, junior, Starsburg (20:50.06)

Allegheny took top team honors, followed by Clarke County in second. Central of Woodstock and Strasburg finished eighth and ninth as a team, respectively.

A total of 94 runners competed in the girls state cross country championship.

For full results of the boys and girls VHSL Class 2 cross country championships, visit MileStat.com

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