DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Woodlawn varsity boys cross country team continued its dominant ways, as they captured the SPAA Conference Championship at Fisher Farm Park on a beautiful autumn afternoon. The boys came in as the race favorites and they did not disappoint, recording four personal records as they cruised to a seven-point victory over second place University Christian. The Woodlawn girls entered the race as slight underdogs, and they could not quite pull off the upset as University Christian managed to edge the Trailblazers by three points in the team standings.
The race started out well for the Woodlawn boys, with senior Tripp Berini, still recovering from a summer injury, charging to the front. Tripp would lead wire-to-wire and finish with a personal record time of 18:17, #6 on the all-time Woodlawn boys 5K list. Freshman Jackson McGeough had a breakout race, smashing the 19-minute barrier for the first time as he finished in second place with a time of 18:46 (moving him to #8 on the all-time list). Sophomore Ethan Mason closed out the scoring for the 'Blazers with a season best performance of 20:28.
The girls race looked like a runaway at the halfway point, with two University Christian runners well ahead of Woodlawn's leader, 7th grader Adina Jacobson. But Adina unleashed a ferocious kick over the last mile, passing both University girls and taking third place to make it a much more interesting competition. Adina's finishing time was a remarkable 22:59, more than a minute below her previous personal best and #6 on the all-time Woodlawn girls 5K list. Senior Zoe Milburn ran to a personal record 24:42, with junior Ally Fleming right behind her with a season best 24:46, as the Trailblazers captured the runner-up trophy.
Tripp and Ally were honored with their third SPAA All-Conference selection, with Jackson taking his second, and Ethan, Adina, and Zoe their first.
Woodlawn is an independent school founded in 2002 and located just north of Davidson, North Carolina. Enrolling students in grades K through 12, Woodlawn is accredited by both the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and offers a challenging, project-based academic experience.