Several cross-country runners impress at the Adidas XC Challenge

Powhatan’s cross country team traveled to Cary, NC for the highly anticipated Adidas XC Challenge.

The Adidas event, held at WakeMed Soccer Complex on September 17, saw the men’s team compete in the Boys Invitational with over 200 runners while the girls’ own invitational competed against over 180 athletes.

Powhatan’s women’s team finished with a team score of 468, good for 21st place among 26 teams. The boys placed 12th out of 27 schools with a score of 306.

In the girls’ invitational race, five runners from India took to the track, with Elizabeth Weimer and Ella Green leading with top-20 finishes. Weimer finished in 12th place, blazing across the track with a time of 20 minutes, 3.60 seconds. Green was not far behind, posting a time of 20:25.80, good for 17th place.

Rookie Sally Smartschan and senior Rebecca Stevens also raced and finished in under 25 minutes, with Smartschan finishing in 24:10.40 and Stevens in 24:32.70. Sophomore Shannon Seay also competed, finishing at 26:50.10.

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Additionally, rookie Sadie Edling competed in the Girls JV White competition, placing 68th out of 129 runners with a solid time of 28:41.10.

In the Boys Invitational, junior Sean Seibel had the best performance out of nine Indians competing in the competition, placing 38th with a time of 17:24.40. Freshman Dylan Mapes was not far behind his running mate, finishing in 17:33.40, which was good for 49th place.

The other seven Indians competing in the event all came close to the finish line in less than 20 minutes, with Eli Timmons, River Leynes, Ian Timmons, Thomas Menting, Tane Jeffs, Caleb Edling and Coleman Smith all having finished the race in a respectable manner.

Eighth Indians also competed in the JV White Boys competition. Giovanni Hernandez, Christian Rittner and Grant Johnson all came close with top-30 results, with Hernandez posting the best time of 20:28.40 in the 5,000 meters. Owen Kerns, Brayden Zaun, Jackson Davis, Torie Nash and Justin Myers also participated in the JV race.

The Powhatan cross country competes again Sept. 24 in the Oatlands Invitational held at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va.

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