Westminster High School hosted the 2021 Westminster Cross Country Invitational at Wakefield Valley Park on Saturday, Sept. 25. There were 13 different schools that attended the meet, and athletes were met with ideal running weather.
(Aiden Neal finishes as the first-place winner of the boys varsity race)
For the boys varsity race, Manchester Valley's Aiden Neal stood out from the pack. He finished first with a time of 16:48.80, granting him an impressive lead of almost a minute. Second place finisher, junior Peyton Dill, followed after with a time of 17:40.90. Closely behind was sophomore Henry Hopper with a time of 17:49.50. The fourth-place finisher was senior Wyatt Vanlandingham (18:06.70). Fifth was senior Davis Trump (18:16.20) who helped lead his team to victory with Liberty scoring a total of 42 points. The runner-ups were Century (60 points) and Manchester Valley (69 points).
(Lukas Michael finishes as the first-place winner of the boys junior varsity race)
The boys junior varsity race produced different results. Westminster's Lukas Michael was the first-place finisher with a time of 18:54.80, with a staggering lead of a minute and a half. Behind Michael was a Century 2-3 duo. Junior Louis Losoya finished second with a time of 20:24.80, while his freshman teammate Salvatore Lavelle finished third with a time of 20:46.00. Michael ending up leading his team to the victory as Westminster scored a total of 34 points. The second-place team was Century (42 points) and third was Manchester Valley (90 points).
(Rubie Goffena finishes as the first-place winner of the girls varsity race)
Similar to the boys varsity race, another Manchester Valley athlete snagged first place. For the girls varsity race, senior Rubie Goffena finished first with a time of 20:23.30, and she separated herself from her competition with a blistering lead of over a minute and a half. Following behind was sophomore Molly Senisi with a time of 21:50.90. Junior Hannah Toth finished third with a time of 21:55.80. The fourth-place finisher was senior Taylor Shank (22:11.80). Fifth was senior Hope Callaway (22:13.80) who helped lead her team to victory with Century scoring a low of 49 points. The runner-ups were Westminster (56) and Liberty (62 points).
(A Century girl finishes strong in the girls junior varsity race)
In the girls junior varsity race, the Century girls dominated by going 1-2-3-4. Freshman Jillian Airola was the first-place finisher with a time of 25:42.40. Junior Maggie Grosh came in second with a time of 27:26.90, while her senior teammate Ella Aguis finished third with a time of 27:47.40. The last Century girl to break the top five was freshman Molly Hieatzman in fourth place with a time of 28:04.40. The fifth-place finisher was freshman Maddy Gassman from Westminster who broke apart the potential 1-2-3-4-5 sweep by the Century girls. Ultimately, the Century girls took home the team title by scoring a mere 15 points.