On Nov.1, Essex placed fourth in the Region A Cheer Competition and qualified for the Group A State Championship at Virginia Commonwealth University to be held on Nov. 10.
Rappahannock was shy of qualifying after the team placed fifth. Only four teams were allowed to advance.
At the Region A Competition, Essex finished with 214 points and Rappahannock 194. Both teams showed signs of improvement in comparison to the district invitation scored a week ago. Rappahannock scored 178 points and Essex had 196.
King William’s Jennifer Longest was named Region A’s Coach of the Year, followed by Windsor’s Mary Alice Blythe being named Region A’s MVP.
Essex’s Emily Broache (base) was the only member from the Northern Neck District named to the All-Region First Team.
Rappahannock’s Georgia Walker (base), Maria Bradshaw (base), and Essex’s Alexis Taylor (all around), Kashaila Veney (all around) and Viola Thompson (flyer) were named to the all-region second team.
The opening ceremony begins at 12:10 p.m. and competition is expected to last until 5 p.m. Essex is scheduled to begin at 12:35 p.m.
On Nov. 1, three teams and two individual runners from the Northern Neck District qualified for the Group A State Cross Country Championship at Great Meadows on Nov. 10. The teams that qualified include the girls’ team from Washington & Lee High School (W&L) and boys’ teams from Lancaster and W&L.
Northumberland’s Sarah Schindler, who placed fifth in the region with a time of 22:09.16, and Lancaster’s Elizabeth Flynn, placed sixth with a time of 22:10.28, both qualified for the state championship.
The top four teams from Region A and the top 15 finishers from both the boys and girls races are eligible to compete at the Great Meadows.
Mathews’s boys’ (43 points) and girls’ (37) teams, swept Region A, and will join the qualifying teams from the Northern Neck. In addition, the boys’ team from Middlesex (135), and the girls’ teams from West Point (80) and King William (90) will also make the trip.
The Group A Girls Championship begins at 10:30 a.m. and the boys will follow at 11:15 a.m.