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October 14, 2016 Published in Other News, Sports

Titans Sweep Alexandria Cross Country Championships

By Katie Smythe

T. C. Williams High School clinched the team title in each of the four races at the 2016 Joe Halm Memorial Alexandria City Cross Country Championships on Oct. 13. Titans also claimed the individual trophy for boys’ varsity and junior varsity champions. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes produced the girls’ varsity and junior varsity champions.

Jack Mackey - Boys Varsity Champ (Photo: Katie Smythe)

Jack Mackey – Boys Varsity Champion (Photo: Katie Smythe)

The annual competition among the four Alexandria high schools – Bishop Ireton, Episcopal High School, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes and T. C. Williams – was renamed in honor of Joe Halm, the long-time head coach of Episcopal’s cross country team who passed away unexpectedly in 2014. Joe’s wife Joey and son Mac presented the awards at the end of the event, which was held at EHS.

In the boys’ varsity race, T. C. senior Jack Mackey established an early lead with a handful of runners in tow before pulling away in the later part of the race to capture top honors as the 2016 champion. Mackey, who was selected for the pre-season All-Virginia RunWashington Cross Country Team, finished the 5K course in 16:09, nearly one minute faster than his time last year when he was runner-up. Another Titan, senior Sam Lally, took second place with a time of 16:49, beating EHS senior Oliver Randon in third in 16:53. EHS freshman Tre Simmons finished fourth followed by T. C. sophomore Kostia Howard in fifth and teammate Natnael Fantaye in sixth. EHS senior Philip Brossy took seventh place, SSSAS senior Sam Dubke was eighth, T. C. senior Sam Schneider placed ninth and T. C. sophomore Marcus Keum finished tenth to round out the top ten finishers for All-City honors.

Audrey Androus - Girls Varsity Champ (Photo: Katie Smythe)

Audrey Androus – Girls Varsity Champion (Photo: Katie Smythe)

In the girls’ varsity race, SSSAS junior Audrey Androus captured first place with a time of 20:29, improving on last year’s fourth-place finish. The 2016 runner-up was Bishop Ireton freshman Lauren Thompson in 20:51. T. C. Williams freshman Eliza Medearis placed third in 21:05. EHS senior Brooks Buyck finished fourth followed by T. C. senior Sophia Vassallo in fifth, BI sophomore Kate Donnelly in sixth, T. C. senior Lucy Brinkman in seventh and sophomore Lena Cromley in eighth. SSSAS senior Campbell Sheperdson placed ninth and T. C. senior Stephanie Kaiser finished tenth for the top ten All-City athletes.

In the boys’ JV race, T. C. Williams sophomore Liam Davis-Wallace claimed the individual title in dominant fashion, winning in 18:28, one minute ahead of T. C. freshman Victor Vassallo (19:28). EHS junior Rohan Candadai placed third in 19:50 followed by teammate Robert Clark in fourth. T. C. sophomore Mark Bailey took fifth place, EHS senior Hayne Ainslie finished sixth barely edging out T. C. eighth grader Eyasu Belaye. BI sophomore Warren Payne placed eighth, SSSAS senior Nathan Pugh finished ninth and EHS senior Brandon Williams took tenth place in the field of 76 runners.

The girls’ JV race was won by SSSAS freshman Nyia Cummings in 22:33. T. C. freshman Emma Waldhoff was the JV runner-up with a time of 22:50 followed by T. C. eighth grader Corinna Keum in 23:13. Ireton freshman Noelle Brokamp took fourth place, T. C. sophomore Sophie Rust finished fifth and teammate Mariama Seydi took sixth. The next three finishers were Ireton Cardinals: junior Caitlin McGuckin, freshman Siobhan Chawk and senior Ann Johnson. T. C. freshman Janelle Krupicka took tenth place.

The complete results of each race in the 2016 Alexandria City Cross Country Championship can be found on the RunWashington website.

T.C. Williams Team Sweep (Photo: Katie Smythe)

T.C. Williams Team Sweep (Photo: Katie Smythe)

This event is all about team titles and the bragging rights that go along with the annual competition between cross-town rivals. At the end of the day when the scores were tallied, T. C. Williams finished on top (lowest score) in all four races. The team standings follow for each race in the 2016 championship.

Boys Varsity:  TCW (23 points), EHS (43 pts), SSSAS (82 pts), BI (87 pts)
Girls Varsity:  TCW (33 pts), BI (58 pts), EHS (63 pts), SSSAS (76 pts)
Boys JV:  TCW (28 pts), EHS (35 pts), BI (74 pts), SSSAS (101 pts)
Girls JV:  TCW (26 pts), BI (39 pts), SSSAS (83 pts), EHS (98 pts)

This makes the sixth consecutive year for the T. C. varsity boys’ team to claim the title (2011-2016). In 2014, the Titans swept all four races. According to T. C. Williams head coach Michael Hughes, in the 23-year history of this meet, the Titans have now won across-the-board team titles for boys and girls on five occasions – in 2016, 2014, 2013 plus 2011 and previously in 1995.

The teams from each of the four schools will be competing in several more invitational meets and other competitions before their respective league championships later this month. Check the school websites for schedules.

2016 Alexandria City Cross Country Championship


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