Freedom XC Takes on the Biggest Meet in the State

Hundreds of runners lineup , nervously awaiting the gunshot to announce the start of the race. Pic Creds: https://va.milesplit.com/meets/361337/photos#.XYkRcXpKjBI

After the unfortunate weather circumstances robbed Freedom Cross Country of five meets, including the Oatlands Invitational, the team is back and ready to take on the 2019 Cross Country season. The first meet took place on Aug. 31, at Great Meadows Plantation, followed by the first Wednesday meet on Sept. 11.

As the first two meets give athletes a look into this Cross Country season, athletes prepared to take on the home course, Oatlands Plantation. With it’s creek crossings, thick grass, more uphills than downs and THE hill that can’t be seen over the top, it is no wonder that Oatlands is one of the hardest courses in the state. Fortunately, Freedom’s runners had the ability to practice at Oatlands every Monday, giving them a familiarity of the course.

With 92 teams attending, the Oatlands Invitational is one of the biggest meets in the nation. The two year wait for the next Oatlands Invitational was worth it as teams from across the state came to compete. Freedom had a successful meet as the Varsity Boys finished 8th overall, Varsity Girls 33rd overall, JV Boys Upperclass 5th overall, JV Boys Underclass , and JV Girls Underclass with 13th overall. Congratulations to all cross country athletes that competed!

Girls Varsity Race
Pic Credit:https://va.milesplit.com/meets/361337/photos#.XYkRcXpKjBI

About the Author

BAILEY ELLIOTT
Bailey Elliott is a junior at Freedom High School and the sports editor for the News/Magazine, Uncaged. Bailey runs varsity cross country, indoor and outdoor track for FHS as well as participating in Model United Nations and actively volunteering around the community.
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