On Saturday, Oct. 9, the Trojans traveled to the Atlantic Coast Invitational at Bells Mill Park in Chesapeake. The varsity boys competed against 118 athletes from 25 schools. The Trojans' boys team enjoyed unprecedented success in this meet with all eight varsity Trojans running their fastest time this season; seven of them ran the fastest race of their cross country careers. The team’s average race time of 18:44 was a 1:15 improvement from their previous race for an impressive sixth place finish. Although there were athletes from 25 schools in the meet, only 14 teams had enough athletes to score as a team. This was a very competitive field of VHSL 3A and VISAA D1 teams that are all much larger schools than Walsingham.
Junior Jake Falcone was the first Trojan across the finish line in 22nd place with a time of 18:01. Team co-captain Parker Shonka and freshman Brody Cox were very close to Jake as the second and third runners for the team. They ran a very commanding race working together as teammates passing numerous runners in the last mile and a half of the race. Parker was 23rd with a time of 18:03 and Brody was close behind at 18:08 in 26th place. Junior Brendan Bouchard was the next Trojan across the finish line accomplishing a huge milestone by breaking into the 19s by running a 19:43 for 63rd place. Sophomore Ayden Richardson rounded out the team score in 66th place with a time of 19:47.
Although the varsity girls do not have enough athletes to compete as a team, Kate Digges had her best performance of the season finishing in 48th place out of 95 runners with a time of 23:24.
Full results are available at: http://milesplit.live/meets/437201/events/1/F/M
Good luck to the Trojans as they travel to Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville on Saturday, Oct. 16 for the MileStat race to compete against 150 teams from four different states.