In spite of the rain which fell last Wednesday morning, the weather was perfect for a cross country meet by mid-afternoon, with blue skies and temperatures cool but not cold for the runners. Wolf Branch Farm in Forest—providing a beautiful early autumnal panorama of rolling Virginia countryside—was the site of the Jim Whorley Memorial 7 Cs Cross Country meet, hosted by Jefferson Forest High School.
The meet includes schools from seven County and City school districts (hence the name 7 Cs), including Bedford, Campbell, Appomattox, Amherst, Nelson, and Pittsylvania Counties and Lynchburg City. Each district runs as a team, wearing the same colored t-shirts, so the Colonels and Red Devils joined forces with each other and with the Brookville Bees and William Campbell Generals. Campbell County wore yellow in the race.
Campbell County runners finishing in the top 15 in the varsity girls’ race (in a field of 56 girls) included 8th place Haley Earsing of Rustburg and 10th place Casey Allen of Altavista.
In the boys’ varsity race of 99 runners, Altavista’s Kristopher Schultz finished fourth behind a trio of Jefferson Forest runners (the host Cavaliers swept the top three spots in both the girls’ and boys’ varsity races). Brookville’s Kyle Sennet also made it to the podium with a 12th place finish. Altavista’s Shane Stevens medaled as well, coming in 15th in the JV boys’ race.
For more on this story, see this week's Altavista Journal.