Ris, Mason Lucy-Speidel star at Bull Run meet
WOODSTOCK – “Turbo-charged.” That’s how Warren County High School assistant cross-country coach Paul Ranney described junior Jacqui Ris at Wednesday’s Bull Run District meet.
Ris clipped along at a pace of 20 minutes flat to finish second among the girls in the 3-mile run at Central High School’s North Street course.
She led her team to a runner-up position (63 points) behind George Mason (44; low score wins).
“I call her turbo-charged, because once she gets going she’s hard to stop,” said Ranney.
Meanwhile, for the boys, Central’s Mason Lucy-Speidel cracked the course at 16:32, good enough for runner-up in the boys’ race behind perennial champion Gavin Jenkins of Rappahannock County (16:25).
Placements by Mason Lucy-Speidel, his twin brother Sawyer Lucy-Speidel (16:46.48), who finished in fourth, and their teammate, Gus Wightman (16:48), a fifth-place finisher, led the Falcons to their second consecutive championship trophy at this event.
Last year, Warren head coach Joseph Owens said that the coaches’ plan for the season called for heavier work leading up to regionals, but the team fell a bit flat at the state meet. The Wildcats finished third in the regional race.
“We felt like we may have slowed down a little bit at the end, so this year we’re trying to build up slowly,” said Owens.
“Jacqui has probably changed more than any runner we have,” Owens said. “When she was a freshman, she was quiet. You never heard from her. She’s one of our leaders now.”
Ris remained at the finish line, congratulating those in maroon and white, as well as other competitors.
“She does everything we ask: she eats right and gets her sleep. She wants to do well and backs it up,” said Owens.
Behind Ris came Warren freshman teammate Kiersten Tanner, who finished seventh (20:35.10) among eight teams and some 50 varsity female runners. Carline Viers’ 11th spot (20:41) enabled the girls to finish 19 points off George Mason’s pace.
“I’ve changed some things around this season,” Ris said. “I’ve been running with the boys on some lighter (running) days and in their sprint work and I think it’s paying off.”
Because of the additional work, Ris decided to start out with a burst on a bright, sun-shiny, upper-60-degree day.
Once she starts out – she ran a 6-minute, 13-second mile to open – she said she pays close attention to her surroundings. She does so, not so much with her eyes – which are focused ahead – but with her ears.
“I listen to things around me,” she said, “… breathing, footsteps, somebody stepping on a twig.”
At the first mile marker, she was tucked away in third place behind Linnea Skotte and Estelle Timar-Wilcox of George Mason. By the second-mile go-around, she had sprinted into second position.
Clarke County’s Madison Webster won the girls’ race with a time of 19:38, a little more than a half-minute ahead of Ris. Skotte’s finishing time was 20:26.26 (fourth) and Timar-Wilcox came in fifth (20:26.87).
For the boys, Mason Lucy-Speidel, who recently finished fifth for the boys among Group A/AA schools at the annual Stonewall Jackson Invitational on the New Market Battlefield, finished runner-up here.
The battlefield layout is a little more than a tenth of a mile longer than the North Street course.
Mason Lucy-Speidel finished just seven seconds off the lead. However he likes to see “where everybody else is,” before he begins his design on the second mile.
At the first mile, Mason and Sawyer Lucy-Speidel laid back in a pack while teammate Wightman drove ahead.
By the second mile Mason Lucy-Speidel was in second place followed by Wightman.
Wightman’s first mile timed out at 5:18.
“I decided to take it out at the beginning, but I didn’t finish as well as maybe I would have liked. I still earned all-district,” he said.
The top 14 runners in the girls’ and boys’ races qualified for the All-Bull Run team.
It was the second such designation for Sawyer Lucy-Speidel (his brother played football in the fall of 2015) and Wightman.
Chase Rimel was a pleasant surprise for Central coach and race coordinator Melissa Wright.
“He took a lot of time off his previous best. In fact, most of our boys PR’d (set personal records).”
Rimel’s previous best time was 17:54, according to Wright and assistant coach Larry Bullock. At this event, he clipped along at 17:19, good enough for 14th and an all-district designation.
Wright also pointed to senior Jonathan Baker, who finished 24th among the boys with a time of 17:57.47.
“He’s been out for the team for a while and in the last couple of weeks he’s really been coming along,” said the Central head coach.
Earning all-district on the boys’ side were Warren County’s Bailey Grant (sixth, 16:54), Wildcat D.J. Staton (eighth, 17:01) and Strasburg’s Ryan Davis (10th, 17:12).
Among the eight teams, there were 55 boys’ participants.
Other all-district-winning girls included Grace Dellinger (ninth, 20:37) and Rachel Palmer (10th, 20:38), both of Strasburg.
“The girls’ team did a really good job today, using today’s race to prep themselves for the upcoming championship season. Both Debra Dillman and Mary Carter – both first-year runners – had great races today that give us a lot of optimism for the next few weeks of the season,” said Strasburg coach Jeff Rudy.
“The boys team is starting to gel real nicely,” he said. “We weren’t running at full strength today. The competition was strong too. We as coaches were really happy to see their improvement. Ryan Davis did a good job medaling. And Anthony Cadle, a freshman, stepped up and ran as our number five runner.”
On the boys’ side, the order of teams behind Central was William Monroe (second, 78 points), George Mason (third, 101), Strasburg (fourth, 109), Clarke County (fifth, 117) and Warren County (sixth, 119).
The girls’ team leaderboard: After George Mason and Warren, William Monroe finished third (74), Clarke (fourth, 83); Strasburg (fifth, 98), Rappahannock County (sixth, 129) and Central (seventh, 165).
Trophies were awarded to the teams that finished first for the girls and boys. Also, the individual winners took home hardware. Each of the 14 place finishers among the genders medaled.
Bull Run District meet
at North Street course,Woodstock
Team scores: 1. Central (49), 2. William Monroe (78), 3. George Mason (101). 4. Strasburg (109), 5. Clarke County (117),6. Warren County (119), 7. Madison County (152), 8. Rappahannock County(162).
Local individual results:
Central-1. Mason Lucy-Speidel 16:32, 2. Sawyer Lucy-Speidel 16:46.48, 3.Chase Rimel (17:19), 4. Jonathan Baker (17:57), 5. Thomas Gilmore (18:27.25), 6.Colin Bradley-Connolly (18:28).
Strasburg-1. Ryan Davis (17:12), 2. Logan Smalls (17:23), 3. KyleTiemeyer (17:53), 4. Tyler Zimbro (18:04), 4. Anthony Cadle (18:42), 5. MasonCarter (19:02).
Warren County-1. Bailey Grant (16:54), 2. D.J. Stanton (17:01), 3. NateBrown (17:58), 4. Kyler Johnson (18:44), 5. William Anderson(18:58.79).
Bull Run District meet
at North Street course, W oodstock
Team scores-1. George Mason (44), 2. Warren County (63), 3. William Monroe (74), 4. Clarke County (83), 5. Strasburg (98), 6. Rappahannock County (129), 7. Central (165), 8. Madison County(234).
Local individual results:
Warren County-1. Jacqui Ris (20:00), 2. Kiersten Tanner (20:35.10), 3. Carlene Viers (20:41), 4. Victoria Partin (21:25), 5. Kyra Treutlein (21:42)
Strasburg-1. Grace Dellinger (20:37), 2. Rachel Palmer (20:38), 3. Hannah Dellinger (21:22), 4. Abby Davis (22:54), 5. Debra Dillman (22:58)
Central-1. Olivia Wightman (22:53), 2. Cameron Baker (22:56), 3. Sasha Hoover (23:03), 4. Lander Barbour (23:09), 5. Shennan Waldron (24:07).