The Fauquier Falcons placed third out of 18 teams Saturday in the boys varsity 'A' race at the William & Mary Cross Country Invitational in Williamsburg.
A ninth-place finish individually by Dustin Constantino helped the Falcons post a score of 123 behind winner Deep Run's 97. Fauquier placed 13th in the girls varsity 'A' race with a 301, while Maggie Walker won with a 74.
Constantino finished in 16 minutes, 47.10 seconds, while teammate Andy Page placed 21st (17:11.20), Raul Chavez took 26th (17:17.80), Scott Gilb finished 28th (17:29.60) and Connor Dorman placed 39th (17:49.80).
For the Fauquier girls, Shayne Halligan took 33rd (21:48.50), Jordyn O'Saben finished 61st (22:41.60), Cindy Cox placed 67th (23:02.60), Bethany Cales took 84th (23:57.20) and Diana Martinez finished 89th (24:39.80).
Liberty runs at Oatlands cross country invite
The Liberty Eagles had two top-75 finishes in the varsity ‘A’ races at the Oatlands cross country invitational Saturday in Leesburg.
Danny Collins placed 43rd in the boys race (16 minutes, 42 seconds), while Taylor Brown took 71st (20:39) in the girls race.
In the boys varsity ‘B’ race, Adam Walker finished 28th (18:15), while Michael Fairfax placed 47th (18:37).
Highland goes 2-1 at boys soccer tournament
The Highland Hawks advanced Saturday to the championship game of the Eastern Mennonite Invitational tournament in Harrisonburg, but fell to St. Christopher’s in the final, 7-0.
They qualified for the title match by beating Denbigh Baptist, 1-0, on penalty kicks after opening the tournament with a 2-0 win over Benedictine High.
Highland, a VISAA Division II team, improved its record to 4-2 (1-0 Delaney Athletic Conference) despite the loss to St. Christopher.
“In a tournament where we played three games in 24 hours, we unfortunately lost some players due to injury,” Hawks coach Reynolds Oare said. “And were up against a very strong and deep Division I team” in St. Christopher.
Against Denbigh Baptist, Highland played without senior Evan Finley, and regulation ended in a scoreless tie.
“The type of game where we possessed a lot but had more trouble generating scoring opportunities,” Oare said. “Overall, though, it was a really competitive game – back and forth. In fact, it was one of the best games I’ve been a part of.”
The Hawks began the tournament Friday by beating Benedictine with goals by junior Ward Van de Water and senior Eddie Campell. Juniors Manolo Cortes and Phillip von Feilitzsch provided the assists.
“The first two games, I was pleased. We out-possessed our opponents, which was crucial. We were very solid defensively,” Oare said. “We should have scored six or seven more goals in the Benedictine game, though. In all facets, we dominated that game.”
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