By Katie Smythe

T.C. Williams – 2018 Alexandria City Cross Country Champs (courtesy photo)

T. C. Williams High School produced three of the four individual champions and clinched the team title in each of the four races to sweep the 2018 Joe Halm Memorial Alexandria City Cross Country Championships on Oct. 3. This is the third consecutive year the Titans have won across-the-board team titles for boys and girls. 

The annual competition among the four Alexandria high schools – Bishop Ireton, Episcopal, 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.

Tre Simmons – Boys Varsity Champion (Photo: Katie Smythe)

The boys’ varsity race was won by Episcopal junior and defending champion Tre Simmons with a time of 17:41. T. C. Williams sophomore Yeabsera Shire finished in 18:09 for second place with classmate Eyasu Belaye close behind in third and T. C. freshman Yoyo Damte in fourth place. Bishop Ireton sophomore Colin Baird placed fifth, T. C. senior Liam Davis-Wallace took sixth, Ireton senior Luciano Mateo placed seventh, T. C. sophomore Sebastian Ballestero finished eighth and teammate Victor Vassallo took ninth place. Ireton junior Peter Schulman rounded out the top ten Varsity finishers.

Lena Cromley – Girls Varsity Champion (Photo: Katie Smythe)

In the girls’ varsity race, T. C. senior Lena Cromley defended her 2017 title finishing in 20:29, followed by SSSAS freshman Morgan Lewis as runner-up in 21:21. T. C. freshman Grace Glade took third place edging out teammate Emma Waldhoff in fourth and junior Eliza Medearis in fifth. SSSAS sophomore Katie Whalen finished sixth followed by three seniors from Bishop Ireton: Lauren Fisher in seventh, Kate Donnelly in eighth and Anna Segar in ninth place. T. C. sophomore Kirin Mackey finished tenth.

The T. C. Titans dominated the boys’ JV race, making a clean sweep of the first five places for a perfect team score of 15 points. T. C. Williams freshman Owen Sample captured the JV championship title with a time of 19:21 followed by classmate Cameron Riccio as runner-up in 19:47 and senior Mark Bailey on his heels for third place. T. C. senior Titus Ward finished fourth and freshman Jason Dresen placed fifth. Four Bishop Ireton runners crossed the finish line in quick succession – junior Peter Gaietto in sixth place, senior Logan Murphy-Redd in seventh, freshman George Pacious in eighth, and sophomore David Burdick in ninth – followed by EHS senior James Dixon in tenth to round out the top ten JV finishers.

The girls’ JV race was won by T. C. Williams freshman Cassidy Calhoon in 23:44 followed by classmate Esme Damico-Lassman in 24:05 for second place and T. C. sophomore Michaela Mannel in third place. SSSAS sophomore Catherine Seale finished in fourth place just ahead of T. C. senior Lilly Clausen in fifth. Bishop Ireton sophomore Maria Mateo took sixth, T. C. junior Nora Gentry finished seventh, EHS senior Gabin Lee placed eighth, T. C. freshman Kira Argust took ninth and T. C. senior Ana Humphrey finished tenth to round out the top ten JV finishers.

The complete results of each race in the 2018 Alexandria City Cross Country Championships can be found on the RunWashington website.

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 to three-repeat as team champions. The Titans also swept all four races in 2017 and 2016. The team standings follow for each race in the 2018 championship.

Boys Varsity: TCW (23 points), BI (50 pts), EHS (74 pts), SSSAS (95 pts)
Girls Varsity: TCW (23 pts), BI (51 pts), SSSAS (53 pts), EHS (106 pts)
Boys JV: TCW (15 pts), BI (42 pts), EHS (82 pts), SSSAS (112 pts)
Girls JV: TCW (16 pts), BI (56 pts), EHS (65 pts)

This makes the eighth consecutive year for the T. C. varsity boys’ team to claim the title (2011-2018). According to T. C. Williams head coach Michael Hughes, in the 25-year history of this meet, the Titans have now won across-the-board team titles for boys and girls on seven occasions – in 2018, 2017, 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.

See more photos of the races and also on the TCW Titan Facebook page.

2018 Alexandria City Cross Country Championships