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Trio to states

Three Cumberland County High School cross country runners will be competing in the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 1 State Championships after their outstanding performances in the VHSL Region 1B Championships held at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park on Tuesday.

The Cumberland varsity boys team placed fifth out of seven teams, and the Dukes were led by senior Justin Stimpson, who placed third individually, and junior Tanner Cochran, who placed ninth. Both were named to the all-region team and advanced to states.

The Cumberland varsity girls squad did not generate a team score, but it had an individual standout in the form of freshman Shamoni Bartee.

For both boys and girls, the top three teams and the top five individuals not on those teams advance to the state championships. Bartee was among those top five individuals for the girls, finishing sixth and garnering all-region status.

Cumberland Track and Field Head Coach Kenneth Jasey said Bartee is the “first-ever female in school history from Cumberland to qualify for cross country states. She’s a sprinter/hurdler and not a distance runner. (She) will play winter basketball, (a) special athlete, I feel.”

The VHSL Class 1 State Championships will be held Nov. 9-10 at the Great Meadow Foundation in The Plains. The girls are slated to run at 10:30 a.m. followed by the boys at 11:15 a.m.