AHS senior Ryan Thomas won the Albemarle Invitational boys varsity 5K cross country race Saturday at Panorama Farms in Earlysville with a time of 15:55.1.
"I knew I couldn't let everybody down, couldn't let everything I had worked for go to waste, so when I hit that straightaway, something just happened in my legs," says Thomas. "I don't know what it was, but something carried me through the finish."
Western Albemarle sophomore Gannon Willcutts came in second with a time of 16:04.6.
The Warriors finished second behind Blacksburg as a team, while Albemarle placed 5th.
WAHS junior Annie Taylor came in second in the girls race in a time of 18:47.5, while STAB sophomore Madison Hunter placed 7th at 19:26.2
Blacksburg had runners in four of the Top 6 positions, including race winner Bonnie Angermeier (18:39.5), and finished in first place.