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Eagles shine amid area cross country stars

Prince Edward County High School’s varsity boys and girls cross country teams both qualified for states with outstanding showings at the recent Region 2A Championship, while Cumberland County High School sent multiple individuals to the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 1 State Championship.

Both the Eagles and Lady Eagles cross country squads placed third in the region.

The Prince Edward boys were led, individually, by junior Saad Khan, who placed first, junior Hayat Khan, who placed second, and sophomore Tim Slater, who placed third.

For the Prince Edward girls, junior Josephine Hemmer placed third.

“We run at states on Nov. (16) in Salem,” Prince Edward Cross Country Head Coach Aaron Barber said.

At the Region 1B Championship, the Cumberland varsity girls cross country team placed fourth, while the Cumberland varsity boys placed fifth.

Individually, Dukes runners placed as high as fifth, and Lady Dukes runners placed as high as seventh.

Cumberland runners making the all-region first team were senior Tanner Cochran and sophomore Shamoni Bartee. Qualifying for states were Cochran, Bartee and junior Jeremy Johnson.

The state meet is set for Saturday, Nov. 16, at Green Hill Park in Salem.