Special to the Register & Bee

Galileo Magnet High School’s cross country teams competed in the Knight’s Crossing Invitational hosted by Cave Spring High School on Saturday at Green Hill Park in Salem.

Competing in the high school events were more than 85 high schools comprised of 860 boys and 594 girls.

The schedule was broken into three races per gender: red, top-10 runners from larger schools and out of state schools; black, top 10 runners from smaller schools and private schools; and white, runners outside of their team’s top-10 runners.

Coach Mark Bryant decided to enter the Galileo boys into the red race to gauge the strength of the team against the larger schools. The boys stepped up to the challenge and placed 17th out of 47 schools.

The Falcons were paced by the trio of Owen Wood (17:36), Cole Harbodin (17:39) and Dylan Kirk (17:49). With their strong performance, this trio of boys currently ranks sixth, seventh and ninth in the Virginia High School League Class 1 individual rankings. Meanwhile, the Falcons’ boys team moved up to a second-place ranking in the state behind Parry McCluer of Buena Vista.

Competing in the black race for smaller schools and private schools for the girls team, medalists Morgan Whitley (21:54) and Caroline Woods (22:15) placed seventh and 13th overall to lead the Falcons. Whitley and Woods currently rank fifth and ninth respectively in the VHSL Class 1 individual rankings.

The Falcons scorecard was rounded out by Angel Lin (23:18), Sydney Stone (23:43) and Christa Zakhary (24:14).

The overall team performance now ranks the Lady Falcons as the No. 1 team in VHSL Class 1.

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