Stonewall Jackson’s Funkhouser finishes seventh in Shenandoah District meet
NEW MARKET — LuLu Funkhouser made sure the last race on her home course was a good one.
The Stonewall Jackson cross country senior finished seventh in the Shenandoah District meet at the 3-mile New Market Battlefield course.
“It was great,” Funkhouser said. “This is my last race here. And I don’t think I could have done any better. And I don’t think the team could have done any better.”
Funkhouser was seventh in a time of 22:31 and led the Generals to a third-place finish as a team.
She said things didn’t exactly get off on the right foot for her before the race.
“A bee was in my spike and I put it on,” Funkhouser said. “So it stung the bottom of my foot right before the race. Other than that it was perfect weather and I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Funkhouser had a battle all the way to the end with Riverheads’ Veronica Ferguson. The two went back and forth coming down the final hill and in the final straightaway. Funkhouser was able to beat Ferguson at the end for seventh place.
“(Stonewall Jackson) Coach (Mary Clanahan) always tells us to never regret anything at the end of the race,” Funkhouser said. “So just push yourself until you can’t push yourself any more. I knew I wasn’t going to let (Ferguson) beat me.”
Stonewall Jackson freshman Eli Dellinger placed 12th to make the All-Shenandoah District team. Dellinger ran the course in a time of 23:17.
“I felt pretty good,” Dellinger said. “I liked the conditions a lot. And I was pretty happy with my run, too.”
Dellinger said it helped that it was held on Stonewall Jackson’s home course.
“You really know the lines to take throughout the course,” Dellinger said. “You know when to speed or when to take short strides.”
Stonewall Jackson sophomore Tristan Williams led the boys team. He finished 33rd in a time of 19:39.
Williams said it wasn’t his best race. He was able to get stronger as the race went on and moved up a few spots in the last mile. Early in the race Williams ran alongside teammate Juan Arrocena-Jacuinde.
“I was really going with Juan (Arrocena-Jacuinde),” Williams said. “I knew it was his senior year and he was going to run as fast as he could. We had a really good finish.”
The Generals finished seventh as a team in the boys race.
“Even though the boys were down at seven in the district, when you have a district like the Shenandoah District what do you say?” Clanahan said. “And we have a very young team. …We couldn’t be happier going into the regional meet next week. Who knows, Nov. 11th could be a nice double team at the state meet. We’re hoping the girls do well again next week.”
Arrocena-Jacuinde finished 31st (19:58) in the boys race, while Riley Gonzalez placed 33rd (20:05) for the Generals. Stonewall Jackson’s Zach Wine was 36th (20:15) and Reilly Hughes was was 40th (20:38).
In the girls race, Stonewall Jackson’s Susannah Garber was 25th (25:01). Ella Hervo-Smith was 32nd (25:32) and Melissa Oczkowski was 35th (25:49) for the Generals.
Wilson Memorial’s Spencer Turtle won the girls race in a time of 21:06. Wilson Memorial won the girls team, title with 17 points, followed by Robert E. Lee (87) and Stonewall Jackson (111).
Robert E. Lee’s Oliver Wilson-Cook won the boys race in a time of 17:19, which is a Shenandoah District meet record. Wilson Memorial won the team title with 33 points, followed by Luray (52) and Robert E. Lee (83).
The Generals will run in the Region 1B meet next Tuesday at the Panorama Farms course in Earlysville. The girls race is at 3 p.m. and the boys race is at 4 p.m.
Funkhouser, who finished second in regionals last year, said she’s looking forward to next week’s meet.
“I want the team to do the best that they can, and hopefully we place,” Funkhouser said. “But if not, we tried our hardest. And of course we want to move on to states.”