Central boys win Bull Run District cross country title

Warren County's Claire Morrow approaches the finish line during the Bull Run District Finals Wednesday in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily
Central's Lexi Keller, left, and Warren County's Jacqui Ris, right, run neck to neck early in the district cross country race Wednesday in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily
Wyatt Robinson
Thomas Gilmore
Ryan Davis Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK — There was a pack of blue and white running together in the Bull Run District boys cross country race Wednesday at Central’s North Street course.

Central dominated the race to win the district title with a score of 30 points, 52 points ahead of second-place Clarke County. Central had five of the top 10 runners.

“They continue to do well,” Central coach Melissa Wright said. “They have been running with a purpose from the very beginning. It was nice to see them shine today.”

Central’s Wyatt Robinson led the way, finishing third overall with a time of 16:41. He passed teammate Thomas Gilmore toward the end of the race, and Gilmore placed fourth in a time of 16:43.

Robinson said his goal coming in was fifth, and he set a new personal record on Wednesday. He said he and Gilmore really pushed each other.

“Me and Thomas have been battling, whether we like it or not, all season long,” Robinson said. “Thomas has been putting in some great work. I told Thomas mid-race ‘let’s go.’ He pushed up and I fell back, and then I pushed back at the end and he just wasn’t able to keep up with me.”

Gilmore said he was happy that if anyone passed him it was his teammate, and he was happy with how he performed.

“I’m really happy with my time,” Gilmore said. “I’ve been improving by 20 seconds each time we race here.”

Warren County’s Claire Morrow led the way in the girls race. She finished seventh in a time of 19:36. Her teammate Jacqui Ris was ninth (19:43) and Central’s Lexi Keller was 10th (20:07).

“I felt pretty good,” Morrow said. “The weather is really nice. I like running in cooler weather, so that helped a lot.”

Ris said that the coaching staff told her to just have fun with the race, and she did.

“It was a good race. I think I had fun with it,” Ris said. “… I was able to save four seconds off of my PR, so that’s good. I was happy with that.”

Keller, who won the Shenandoah County meet on Saturday, said she tried to not think too much during the race and it worked out well for her.

“I actually really enjoyed this race,” Keller said. “I tried to clear my head of all thoughts, and just relax my muscles, and I find that that’s really helpful to me when I run. I don’t try to think about how the race is going to end. I just run and think about it afterwards.”

Strasburg’s Ryan Davis finished fifth in the boys race with a time of 16:45. Davis, who won the boys race in the Shenandoah County meet Saturday, said he enjoyed running against such tough competition.

“I felt pretty good, and the people around me really pushed me,” Davis said. “…(Winning the Shenandoah County meet) really helped boost my confidence a lot. Hopefully, I can make it past conference and hopefully into states.”

Rappahannock County swept the individual titles as Gavin Jenkins won the boys race (15:15) and Julia Wood (18:18) won the girls race.

Strasburg finished fifth in the boys race with 94 points, and Warren County was eighth with 207 points. The top 14 runners earn All-Bull Run District honors. Central’s Ivan Alvarado (sixth, 16:52), Sawyer Lucy-Speidel (seventh, 16:58), Gus Wightman (10th, 17:08) and Jonathan Baker (12th, 17:30) joined Robinson and Gilmore on the team. Davis was joined by teammates Kyle Tiemeyer (13th, 17:35) and Logan Smalls (17:36).

George Mason won the girls meet with 41 points. Warren County was third with 95 points, followed by Central (114) and Strasburg (145) in fourth and fifth. Strasburg’s Grace Dellinger (20:36) finished 14th in the girls race to make the all-district team.

“It was a good day for racing for Ryan Davis, whose workouts are where they nee to be,” Strasburg coach Jeff Rudy said. “With championship season looming on the horizon, not only him, but the rest of the boys team and girls team are going to start getting faster and faster. We look forward to seeing these teams again very soon.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com

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