DANVILLE — Galileo Magnet High School soared above the competition on Wednesday when the Danville school hosted the South Side Cross Country Preseason Preview, formerly known as the Greater Danville Jamboree.
There were 10 teams in competition.
The Lady Falcons started the evening off with a bang. They put seven runners in the top 20 including five in the top eight alone. Leading the way for the Falcons was senior Angel Lin, who was also the overall winner for the girls. The win marked Lin’s first ever as a Falcon.
Following Lin, was the contingency of Caroline Woods (third), Sydney Stone (fourth), Christa Zakhary (seventh), Morgan Whitley (eighth) and Kiki McLaughlin (12th). With these strong finishes, the girls dominated the team score winning by 36 points over the second-place Bassett Bengals. Rounding out the team scores were Dan River in third, Chatham in fourth, Tunstall in fift, and Halifax County in sixth.
Not to be outdone, the boys decided to put on a show of their own. The Falcons thrive on running as a pack during races, and did just that Wednesday night.
The aptly named “red storm” finished second, third, fourth and fifth to flex their muscles on the competition. Leading the way were sophomores Cole Harbodin (second) and Dylan Kirk (third) both beating their personal best times from the previous season. Rounding out the pack attack were seniors Blake Warren (fourth) in his first race as a Falcon, and captain Owen Wood (fifth). The Falcons placed two more runners inside the top 20 including sophomore Jamison Mantooth (15th) and senior captain Jackson Wiles (19th).
The Falcons also had a strong freshman in Jackson Herndon who cracked the Falcon’s top seven in his first ever race. The boys won by 37 points over Bassett. Bassett was followed by Chatham, Altavista, Tunstall, Halifax County, Dan River and GW respectively.
Other local runners made some noise for themselves as well. Chatham’s National 3000 meter champion Caleb Wright easily ran away from the field in the boys race with a finishing time of 17:19. Tunstall’s Ashton Weaver finished sixth overall, just behind the Galileo quartet. Chatham also placed two more runners in the top 15 of the boys race — Gabe Medlin and Carter Boone. On the girls side, sophomore standout Kathryn Saunders of Dan River finished runner up behind a strong sprint to the finish. Chatham’s Savannah Carlsen and Tunstall’s Sophie Hearp finished 10th and 11th respectively to open the season.
The Falcons will compete next in The Bengal Clash at the River Invitational on Thursday at the Smith River Sports Complex in Martinsville.
The Lady Falcons seven runners in the top 20 including five in the top eight alone at Wednesday’s outing.