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Randolph-Henry cross country update

Randolph-Henry High School’s varsity boys and girls cross country teams built on their success this season with their performances at Cumberland County High School last week.

The Statesmen placed second out of four teams at the Cumberland meet Oct. 18, and the Lady Statesmen placed first, running uncontested as the other competing schools did not have enough runners to produce a team score.

For the boys, Cumberland won with a team score of 20, Randolph-Henry’s 51 was good for runner-up status, Bluestone High School was third with a 111 and Prince Edward County High School placed fourth with a 114.

Randolph-Henry Head Cross Country Coach Ian Woodley has been pleased with the performances of the Statesmen.

“They continue to improve their times in preparation for the postseason,” he said.

He noted he has been particularly impressed lately with Statesmen runners Noah Walker, McCullen Overton and John Wendelin.

“They continue to improve on a daily basis through hard work and determination,” Woodley said.

The Lady Statesmen produced a team score of 15 on Oct. 18, and they placed second with an 81 out of two eligible teams on Oct. 11 at Nottoway High School.

“Nottoway has a challenging course,” Woodley said. “It takes a great deal of physical and mental fortitude to complete. They have a great attitude, and it was nice to see many of them improve their times.”

He praised Sarah Grissom and Lindy Newcomb for continuing to lead the girls team and highlighted a recent run by Callie Tharpe as excellent.

The Statesmen (5-3) and Lady Statesmen (3-5) will participate in the James River District Championships on Wednesday at Occoneechee State Park. The boys are set to start at 3 p.m. while the girls will start at 4 p.m.