EARLYSVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle High School junior Ryann Helmers finished in second place in the girl's race at the 33rd Albemarle Invitational cross country meet at Panorama Farms in Earlysville on Saturday, and the Patriots won the overall team title for the first time in program history.

Helmers (18:25.8) crossed the finish line behind winner Jodi Tolarchyk (18:11.9) from Hickory High School.

"I'm really happy," says Helmers.  "I came out here to compete and try to win, but this year I really want to bring my time down a lot. I got under an 18:30, which was my goal, so I'm happy."

The Patriots had five runners among the first 32 finishers.

Western Albemarle finished in 4th place overall as a team, and senior Averi Witt (19:10.3) place 5th in the individual standings.

Cameron Ponder from Mount Tabor (NC) won the boys race with a time of 15:54.8.

"I hadn't even seen the course before today," says Ponder, "but I heard a lot about it. I knew a lot of big meets were run here, so I wanted to check it out, and I loved it. It was a great course."

Turner Ashby's Seth Dye was third at 16:05.1.

WAHS freshmen Stuart Terrill (16:50.5) and John Hawkes (16:51.3) finished in 17th and 18th place, and the Warriors were 4th overall as a team.

Mount Tabor was the overall boys champion, followed by Oakton and Glen Allen.

Albemarle High School placed 9th.