Ireton girls, John Paul the Great boys win state cross country championships

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The Bishop Ireton girls’ varsity cross country team won its first Virginia State Catholic championship in 19 years. The meet was held Oct. 23 at the Eastern State Hospital course in Williamsburg.

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The girls varsity cross team from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria won its first state title in 19 years. COURTESY

 On the boys’ side, the team from St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries successfully defended its title by repeating as champions.  The girls finished as runner-up for the second time in the past three years.

The Wolves collected six individual medals by placing four in the top 15 in the boys’ race and two in the top 15 in the girls’ race. 

Ireton’s top two finishers were senior Lauren Fisher and senior co-captain Kate Donnelly.

“Wednesday’s race was the culmination of many weeks of hard work and preparation,” said head coach Brad Byrnes. “As their coach, I’m so happy for them to win as they've come so close over the past few years. This victory was well earned and our ladies deserve it.”

 

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018