By: Breanna Post/Co-Sports Editor
The Blue Ridge Raiders cross country team headed to compete in districts on October 23rd at Lakeland High School. With 80 runners in the Class A Boys race and 88 in the class A Girls, two of our seniors medaled; seniors Jack Condon and Giavonna Fiore.
Jack Condon, who’s been running since his sophomore year at Blue Ridge, placed 11th with a time of 18:21 for a distance of 3.1 miles. Condon said that he was not nervous, and although he did not make it to states, he plans to continue working hard and to hopefully compete in college. Leading up to the event, they practice running extended distances and work on cutting their mileages in half towards districts, in order to make faster times year after year, race after race. When asked about the Raiders’ coach, Matthew Nebzydoski, Condon says, “Mr. Nebz is an awesome runner. He runs with us every day.” Having his support is beneficial, however, “running is individual and only you can better yourself,” says Condon.
Giavonna Fiore, who’s ran for two years of cross country and also six years of track, placed 15th with a time of 22:04. “It was really exciting, but I didn’t know how fast I was going, or my place until the very end. It was a very emotional last race,” she says, as she improved her time by three minutes and 14 places from last year’s districts. Fiore also appreciates the support of her coaches Mr. Nebz and Kathy Dibble, saying she wouldn’t be running today without their motivation.
Brandon Gentile followed Condon with a time of 20:14, placing 34th. Fiore lead the girls to a 5th place team finish in the Class A Girls race, with Cameron Robinson close behind finishing 18th in 22:46.
Additional boy’s statistics:
Duncan Geyer- 40th place, 20:30.
Zachary Randall- 56th place, 22:00.
Ryan Stallings- 65th place, 22:44.
Griffin Whitehead- 74th place, 23:56.
Additional girl’s statistics:
Lillian Bleck- 34th place, 24:25.
Holly Geyer- 41st place, 25:19.
KayLeen Conklin- 57th place, 27:30.
Ashley Tomasacci- 74th place, 30:43.