Greenbrier runs away with cross country wins



Greenbrier’s cross country team came home to a familiar course and it showed Thursday night.

Playing host to 11 schools at Wildwood Park, Greenbrier’s boys and girls dominated in running away with both overall wins.

The Wolfpack got things started with junior Logan Hughes taking first place in the boys 5K race, winning with a time of 17:10. Hughes’ teammate Jon Townsend finished second (17:23) while Evans’ Justin Weegar was third (17:50). In all, the Wolfpack took five of the first six spots and seven of the top-10.

Junior Laura Shillings­burg paced the Lady Wolf­pack to victory, finishing in first at 21:48. Evans claimed the next two spots with Jackie Ramos (22:45) and Jasmine Stone (23:00) coming in second and third, respectively. The Lady Wolfpack also had five top-10 finishes.

With three top-10 finishes, the Lady Knights took second place.

“They ran good today, this is a surprisingly hard course,” said Greenbrier head coach Kati Smallwood of Hughes’ and Townsend’s performance.

Smallwood also thought Shillingsburg had a good race.

“She didn’t really have anyone to run with today,” Smallwood said. “It’s always easier to push yourself when there’s someone to shoot for.”

While most races are on Saturday, teams did not adjust their practice routines leading up to the race, coming in with less rest than normal.

“Overall it was a good race just because we’ve had our hardest week of practice and we’ve had a hard day almost everyday,” Hughes said. “So this is the part of the season where (coach) Smallwood is trying to break us down so that when we get to the big races in a couple of weeks, we’ll be right on that level we want to be at.”