Trojans Prove Their Mettle At Walsingham Invitational

Last week, the Trojans kicked off their fall cross country season by hosting a large home meet with 15 schools including several Division 1 teams on William and Mary’s home cross country course at Eastern State.  

The varsity boys finished an impressive second in a competitive field. The Trojan boys were a mere eight points from the winning team, Catholic High School. This is a significant achievement because Catholic High School is a D1 team with almost five times the number of athletes on their boys team as Walsingham. The girls did not have a team score due to being one athlete short of a team on their roster this fall.  

Eastern State is one of the most challenging cross country courses on the Peninsula due to its hills. The Trojans’ cross country team started preparing for the fall season in mid-June. The team's gradual and consistent training over the past 14 weeks along with their determination enabled the Trojans to overcome the excessive heat, humidity, and the hills. All five of the Trojan boys scorers finished in the top 20 of the race. The first Trojan across the finish line was junior Jake Falcone, placing third out of 76 runners in a time of 19:07. This was Jake's fastest time ever on this course. Junior Parker Shonka, the varsity boys' team co-captain, raced to the finish in sixth place with a time of 19:31, with freshman Brody Cox hot on his heels in seventh place with a time of 19:33. 

The fourth Trojan to finish was sophomore Ayden Richardson in 14th place with a time of 20:30. The fifth and final scorer on the team was junior Jacob Thibeault in 17th place with a time of 21:02. 

On the girls' team, junior Kate Digges raced to a top-20 finish by placing 17th with a time of 26:11. 

Clay Carpenter ‘26 won the JV boys race for the Trojans in an exciting race to the finish line. His time of 21:46 was a personal best.  Clay's extraordinary performance of winning the JV race out of 111 runners resulted in Clay graduating to the varsity team for the next meet. Full results are available by clicking here.

With this being the Trojans’ lone home meet of the season, the team celebrated senior captain Emma Lobash at the conclusion of the meet. Unfortunately, Emma was unable to run in the meet due to a lingering injury that she suffered over the summer, but she is still a valuable contributor to the team as an outstanding leader and motivator for her teammates. Emma has been a part of the cross country program for seven years and has earned multiple all-conference and all-state honors as a runner for the Trojans. She was also a member of the 2017 TCIS and State Catholic championship teams.

Good luck to the Trojans as they travel to the Richmond Virginia Relays on Saturday, Sept. 25, for a huge meet at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville with 75 teams competing at night under the lights.