Wardrobe malfunction hinders Kettle Run at Great Meadow cross country invite
Andy Page helped Fauquier place 10th in the varsity 'A' boys race of the Great Meadow Invitational on Saturday. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Running a cross country race with one bare foot seems like a tenacious and courageous act.
Nathan Moravitz did that Saturday, but he lost the wrong shoe.
Less than 1 kilometer into a 5 kilometer race, an opponent stepped on the back of Morzvitz’s shoe, removing it from the Kettle Run junior’s foot. He didn’t look back though. Moravitz continued running the varsity ‘A’ boys race of the Great Meadow Invitational in The Plains with one bare foot and one shoed-foot.
Unfortunately, the shoe he left behind had attached to it the chip that registers a runner’s time at the finish line.
“I saw him at the finish line with one shoe on and one bare foot. I couldn’t believe it,” Kettle Run Cougars coach Jeff Wheaton said. “Bouncing back and forth between gravel and grass – it must have been torture.”
Without his chip-studded shoe, Morzvitz got disqualified from the race, which also made Kettle Run ineligible for a team score. His four remaining teammates needed a fifth runner’s time compose a full team.
Said Wheaton:“He crossed the finish line, but it never registered.”
That mis-happenstance won’t have a lasting effect on Kettle Run, though. The Great Meadow Invitational was the Cougars’ first competition of 2013 and Wheaton expects them to contend for a region bid as a team by the end of the season.
“I’m pretty confident in that,” Wheaton said. “I’m expecting a little bit more out of them now that they’re upperclassmen. And it’s nice to know I’ll have them one more year after this.”
Kettle Run has six returning starters in Morzvitz, junior Connery Ryon, junior Dylan Cooke, senior Stephen Rhodes, sophomore Daniel Lafever and junior Marshall Adzima, who did not run Saturday. The Cougars placed third in the Evergreen District last season and then Ryon, Cooke and Rhodes all qualified for the Region II meet last season, finishing 64th, 72nd and 80th, respectively.
Kettle Run will presumably compete in an easier region this season after the VHSL reclassification. The Cougars were assigned to the Class 3A East Region, while fellow Evergreen teams Fauquier and Liberty will compete in the 4A North Region.
“The attempt is to make it more competitive amongst same-sized schools, but I don’t think Fauquier is out of reach for us,” Wheaton said. “I don’t think we’re too far off from them. It just takes time to build your program.”
Rather than qualify for region meets via district championship meets as in seasons past, teams will advance to 2013 regionals via conference championship meets. Kettle Run is in Conference 27 with James Monroe, Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Manassas Park and Brentsville, also an Evergreen team.
“I don’t know a whole lot about Spotsylvania, Culpeper, James Monroe and Manassas Park just because we haven’t run against them,” Wheaton said. “I know what Brentsville has on the table. They’re always solid.”
Brentsville placed ninth (292 points) Saturday in the varsity ‘A’ boys race.
Wheaton said Morzvitz ran that race in an unofficial time of 19 minutes, 8 seconds, which would have slotted him in 213th-place. Factoring in that unofficial time, Kettle Run would have finished 29th as a team with a score of 728.
Oakton won the varsity ‘A’ boys race with a 135, while the Fauquier Falcons placed 10th with a 306. Senior Dustin Constantino led Fauquier with an 18th-place finish (16:34), while senior Andy Page took 44th (17:14), senior Scott Gilb placed 56th (17:25), junior Colin Cummins finished 86th (17:46) and sophomore Raul Chavez took 102nd (17:55).
For Kettle Run, Ryon placed 56th (17:21), while Cooke finished 131st (18:13), Lafever took 138th (18:17) and Rhodes placed 190th (18:56).
Elsewhere, Kettle Run finished 11th in the varsity ‘B’ girls race. Cougars freshman Grace Stone placed 16th (23:12), while sophomore Julia Roda took 56th (25:05), junior Tori Spratt finished 66th (26:54), senior Ashley Morris placed 67th (26:55) and senior Mackenzie Morris took 68th (27:02).
“I was happy with a couple individuals, but as a team we need improvement for sure,” Wheaton said.
Stone has helped fill a void left by Rachel Wingo, who was Kettle Run’s No. 1 runner last season but chose not to return in 2013.
“She’s been one of my better runners in practice. She definitely proved herself,” Wheaton said of Stone. “I’m hoping Julia Roda will be right up there with her too.”
Roda was the Cougars’ No. 2 runner in 2012. Wheaton expects her and Stone to qualify for the region meet this season. The Kettle Run girls placed fourth in the Evergreen last season.
In the junior varsity upperclassmen race Saturday, Fauquier placed fourth with a 135 as Cindy Cox finished 6th (22:58), Bethany Cales placed 27th (24:22), Diana Martinez took 31st (24:32), Erin Conolly finished 35th (24:49) and Emma Spector placed 57th (25:41).
Neither Fauquier nor Kettle Run posted a team score in the junior varsity upperclassmen boys race, but the Falcons’ Joseph Yeager took 18th (19:35) and Justin Strawser finished 32nd (20:04), while the Cougars’ William Overman placed 127th (22:18), Jack Scherer took 145th (22:49) and Asa Radigan finished 199th (28:06).
Fauquier also did not post a score in the junior varsity underclassmen girls race, but sophomore Jordyn O’Saben placed 12th (21:49), sophomore Shayne Halligan finished 27th (22:55), freshman Sarah Schultz took 121st (25:48) and sophomore Annaliese L’Etoile placed 142nd (26:29). Fauquier also placed fourth in the junior varsity underclassmen boys race with 175 points. Freshman Henry Delavergne finished seventh (18:19), sophomore Madison Curry took 25th (19:07), sophomore Brock Curry placed 28th (19:11), sophomore Ian Dunton finished 53rd (19:48) and freshman James McAvoy took 62nd (19:56).
Kettle Run finished 15th in the junior varsity underclassmen boys race with 429 points. Freshman Reece Cooke placed 18th (18:50), sophomore Cullen Turney took 73rd (20:10), sophomore Marshall Braun finished 76th (20:13), sophomore Ricky Schraf placed 97th (20:35) and freshman Jake Hamilton took 165th (21:53).
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