The William Byrd girls were sixth and the boys were seventh in the annual Metro Cross Country meet at Blacksburg High School last week. Host Blacksburg swept both team championships.
In the girls’ division Erin Wienke led the Terriers with a 17th place finish among 159 girls competing. Erin ran a time of 21:37 and the winning time was 18:54 by Kaitlynn Wolfe of Blacksburg.
Second for Byrd, and 25th overall, was Morgan Fletchall in 21:56. Also scoring for Byrd were Brynn Tardy in 46th place, Kayland Bond in 47th place and Julia Burek in 54th.
Byrd’s girls finished just two points behind Salem, and that will be an interesting matchup when the Region 4D meet is held next Wednesday, November 1, at Randolph Park in Pulaski. The top three teams in the region advance to the state and Blacksburg is sure to make it. Byrd, Salem and Pulaski will be among the teams fighting for the other two spots and they were fifth(Salem), sixth(Byrd) and seventh(Pulaski) at the Metro.
In the boys’ race Will Miller of James River successfully defending his Metro individual title, running a time of 16:14. That broke the meet course record he set last year by one second.
Ashton Ashley was Byrd’s first finisher in 15th place among 215 runners. He had a time of 17:48.
Next for Byrd was Cameron Dalton in 26th place, and also scoring were Luke Johnston in 37th, Greyson Cornett in 56th and Jayden Glass in 90th place.
Blacksburg and Pulaski County, two Region 4D teams, finished one-two in the team standings.