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William & Mary Invitational Recap
By: Dave Brandt

Local teams and runners fared well this past weekend at the 49th annual running of the William & Mary Invitational. On a hot and humid day, Johns Ross of the Potomac School and Moira Ryan of Georgetown Visitation performed extremely well individually while both of Good Counsel’s squads had good team performances. The girls’ teams from Georgetown Visitation and St. Andrew’s also did well finishing in the top third of their respective races.

Johns Ross had perhaps the best performance of the day as he edged out Andrew Colley of Jamestown High School for a two second 15:22 victory over the 2.85 mile course. While Colley led his team to the A Race team title, Ross, who is coming off a second place finish at the Great Meadows Invite a couple of weeks ago, won his first major invitational title. Ross’s teammates also did well in the B Race where they finished fourth overall behind stellar outings from Stephen Serene (2nd – 16:27) and freshmen phenom Campbell Ross (3rd – 16:48). As long as Potomac stays healthy, they are easily poised to win the Mid-Atlantic Conference independent school title in late October.

The Good Counsel boys’ easily had the best team performance of the day as they had three sub 17:00 races from Drew Collins, Ian McDermott, and Sam Rainard to take 6th place overall out of 27 teams running. Only 18 seconds separated the Falcon trio. Collins (22nd - 16:30), McDermott (24th – 16:34), and Rainard (30th – 16:48) ran extremely well to lead their team. Good Counsel was just edged out for fifth place overall by their WCAC rivals DeMatha. DeMatha was led by the duo of Corey Puffet and Robert Patterson who both ran sub 17:00 on Saturday. Both DeMatha and Good Counsel look to be in the running for the WCAC title this season.

Moira Ryan ran a very poised race to take a fourth place medal in a race that featured 161 runners to lead Georgetown Visitation to a very solid ninth place team finish in the girls’ A Race. Visitation was just ahead of Good Counsel who took tenth place of 24 teams behind the sub 21:00 performances of Steph Bardon (19th – 20:04) and Beth Conlon (35th – 20:34).

The St. Andrew’s girls, moving up from the C division to the B division, ran to a 5th place finish of 19 teams. Lisa Nash just missed medal honors as she took 17th overall in 20:44. St. Andrew’s was also helped by solid efforts from Megan Nash (25th – 21:23) and Yaa Addison (30th – 21:43). The Stone Ridge School team finished 18th in the race.

In the boys’ B Race, St. Andrew’s finished 15th of 20 teams behind Dylan Thayer (50th – 18:25) and Pablo Galicia (61st – 18:34).


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