Story and Photos by Brennan Waldorf
Broadwater Academy Cross-Country hosted its first and only home meet of the year last Saturday, Sept. 28. Coach Hack and his assistant coach Andrew Cunningham put a lot of effort into the event and hope to expand the meet in the future. In the past, the team attempted to do a two-day event with teams as far as Delaware attending but travel and lodging became an issue.
The event is one of a kind, hosting two different races followed by an ultimate Frisbee tournament. The meet started with a Middle School Development race where participants from the fifth to eighth grade ran a 2-mile portion of the Viking 5K course. Broadwater’s own Meredith Hill was able to win the girls 2-mile division after sprinting past runners in the final leg of the race.
The second portion of the day would resemble a typical cross-country meet with varsity runners enduring 80 degree weather with just enough wind to keep the heat at bay. Norfolk Collegiate, Bishop Sullivan Catholic, and Atlantic Shores all participated in the event, but only a couple teams stayed for the Frisbee portion.
Eric Hack, who coordinates the event, was very enthusiastic and vibrant on the day, stating “it’s a fun day of cross-country, just a good day of friendship across schools.” Hack, who was hosting the event for the fourth time, credited a dedicated cast of great volunteers for its success. “Teams love the event and enjoy running the course,” said Hack.
Typical cross-country meets don’t end as the Vikings meet did last weekend. The Vikings handed out team awards that were handcrafted by team manager Kinsey Rayfield. Bishop Sullivan would win both boys and girls divisions with Norfolk Collegiate taking second. The meet also handed out individual awards to the top 15 runners, the awards in the form of a customized disc that featured a green T.rex along with the event logo and date.
The Broadwater team will travel this Saturday to Norfolk for a meet against Norfolk Academy at 10 a.m.
Boys Individual Results:
1. Hunter Quigley (BS) 2. Riley Dillon (BS) 3.Jack DeVito (BS) 4. Adam Howard (AS) 5. Ian Dooley (BS) 6. Lawrence Maclin (BS) 7. Trey Vaughn (NC) 8. Ronnie Boone (NC) 9. Jack Hemelt (BS) 10. Evan Dooley (BS) 11. Ture Gustafson (BA)
Girls Individual Results:
1. Bridget Young (BS) 2. Sophia Pedroza (BS) 3. Kira Fisher (BS) 4. Mary Bradley Howlett (NC) 5. Gina Leanzo (NC) 6. Mahika Patel (BA) 7. Brianna Allison (AS) 8. Guinevere Pomeroy (BS) 9. Jessica Magee (NC) 10. Allison Walpert (NC) 11. Nash Claywell (NC)