The Trojans competed in the TCIS Championship on Oct. 31 at Bells Mills Park in Chesapeake. The boys placed sixth of 11 teams with 157 points and the girls placed eighth out of nine teams with 188 points.
The varsity boys' determination and season of hard work paid huge dividends with the top four athletes achieving personal records in the meet and an improved team performance from the State Catholic Championship.
The Trojan boys were led by senior Ethan Ricker. Going into the TCIS, Ethan's season-best time ranked him at 30th for TCIS. Ethan ran his best race of the season and crossed the finish line in eighth place out of 91 runners. Ethan ran the race in 18:05, 33 seconds faster than he had ever run a 5K before. Ethan was followed by junior Michael Dye in 22nd place in 19:14, eleven seconds faster than he has ever run before. Freshman Parker Shonka was the third finisher for the team in 33rd place, breaking into the 19s for the first time in his racing career with a 19:55, a 17 second personal record. Eighth grader, Sebastian Vishton was fourth for the team in 20:49 in 45th place with a time of 20:49, a 15 second personal record. Junior David Carter rounded out the Trojan scoring in 49th place with a 21:15.
The girls were led by sophomore Emma Lobash in 20th place out of 70 runners with a time of 23:52. She was followed by senior Khatiana Perez in 30th place (24:51) and freshman Kate Digges in 42nd place (26:23). Eighth grader Maxine Horne was the fourth girl across the finish line in 47th place with a time of 27:31. Senior Alex Haggerty rounded out the Trojans in 49th place in 28:34.
Complete meet results are available at: https://va.milesplit.com/meets/371396/results/679584/formatted#.XcAMPS2ZNBwThe Trojans travel to Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville on Nov. 7 November for the VISAA meet.