Western Albemarle XC/TRACK

Districts and Regionals in one Week!

The Western girls seem to be peaking on time.  The team used Districts to get as many people as possible to make it to the next level.   Jordan Henderson did more than just qualify on to regional, she secured her spot at the state meet in the 55 hurdles by running a personal best 9.33, which is the third best time in Western Albemarle history.  AJ Torrence also ran a personal best in the 55 hurdles at Districts and placed 5th.  Her time puts her on the WAHS ALL-Time top ten.  

Pole Vaulters Continue to Dominate

The district meet was another opportunity for our vaulters to show their depth.  Raina Fitzwater, Evie Woodrow, Caroline Pearson, and Helen Moak took four of the top six places.  Raina went on to set a new personal best in the pole vault at regionals, vaulting 12-8, a Virginia #1 height.  

Maddie Hill Qualifies for State!

Maddie Hill has had an amazing week in her jumps.  She set a personal record in the long jump by a foot, jumping 16-8.5 then came back to improve her triple jump by three feet!  She qualified for the State Meet with both those marks. 

Carter Places Second at Regionals in 55m

Carter Torrence ran a personal best time of 7.45 in the 55 m dash at regionals.  That time puts her second in Western's History.  She is one-tenth of a second off of Reese Mattern's record from three year's ago.  

Western Runners Shine in the 500

Emmy Battista and Camille Love had a great week in the 500.  Camille was the district champion running an impressive time on the FUMA track.  Emmy came back in the regional meet to win the event and qualify by place for the state meet.  

Sara Jane Broadbent Qualifies in 500

Sara Jane, better known as SJ, ran a brave race from the second fastest section in the 500.  She pushed the pace and managed to get a third place and a spot in the 500 at states and she's just a freshman!

Julia Hill & Emmy Williams

Julia Hill and Emmy Williams finished 6th and 7th at Districts, running personal best times.  They came back at Regionals to qualify for states running third and second.  So exciting to have these two freshman runners headed to the state meet in an individual event.

Three 3200 m runners qualified for Regionals

Hazel Johnson, Logan Juhl, and Sarina He all qualified to run in the region meet.  Hazel ran a season-best at districts and came back to place third at the region meet and will get a chance to compete in the state meet.  

Emmy Battista Region 500 Champion

Emmy Battista put it all together at Regions, running a personal best in the 55 m, 7.73 then coming back to win the 500.  We have five girls now qualified for the 500 at the state meet.

Louise Foster & SJ Broadbent

Louise and SJ finished 6th and 8th in the district meet, running huge personal best times.  Liv Blakey also ran a personal best time and the three qualified on to the region meet where Louise and Liv finished 4th and 6th.  Louise even managed to run a personal best time on the oval at Heritage.  Not an easy feat.

Grace Cook & Hailey finish in Photo Finish

At regionals, Grace and Hailey finished third and fourth in the 1600, running within three one hundreds of a second of each other.  They are both qualified in multiple events at states and are long-time training partners.  At Districts, both Juliet Kielbasa and Willa Gerlach ran personal bests in the 1600 and qualified to run at Regionals.  

Raina continues to rank #1 in the State

Raina Fitzwater placed first in the Woodberry Forest Meet and continues to be ranked tied for first in the state out of all divisions.  Evie Woodrow was second and is ranked 4th in the State.  Caroline Pearson was third with a 10-0 vault and newcomer, Harper Stone,  finished 4th with an amazing first jump of 7-6.  Amelia Hodson also vaulted 6-0 to finish 6th.  

Harper Stone

Harper Stone vaulted onto the scend this past week at WFS vaulting an impressive 7-6 on her debut in that event.  Harper splits her time with diving on the swim team.

Julia Hill

Julia Hill had a busy day finishing 3rd in the Triple Jump, 4th in the 55 dash, and 5th in the 300.  She was also a part of the 4 x 200 team which finished 1st.  

Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson finished second in the 300 m 3rd in the 55 hurdles, and 4th in the long jump.  She was also on the 1st place 4 x 200 team with teammates Julia Hill, Maddie Hill, Emmy Williams, and Jordan Henderson.

Camille Love Lowers Time

Camille lowered her state QT in the 500 by another 1.5 seconds to win the event at Woodberry.  She also ran a great second leg on the winning 4 x 400 team after participating in 3 field events.

4 x400 Lowers it's State QT

The team of Camille Love, Emmy Battista, Carter & AJ Torrence dropped another second off of the state time.  

Western places 3 in top 4 of 1000

Carter Torrence had the opportunity to run the 1000 for the first time behind one of the best 1000 runners in the state.  Carter, Hailey Hodson, and Grace Cook, all went under the state QT en route to placing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. 

Hazel & Logan go 1-2 in the 3200

Hazel Johnson has been racing herself into shape.  After placing 4th in the 1600, she came back to win the 3200 running just off of her season best.  Logan Juhl ran a strong second place, running a district QT in her first time in that event

Grace, Hailey, and Hazel go 1, 2, and 4 in the 1600

Western placed three runners in the top four in the 1600.  Grace and Hailey ran state qualifying times and Hazel was using it for a speed workout for her 3200.  

Big Week of Meets and Lots of Great Performances!

4 x 800 Team gets State QT

Sara Jane Broadbent

Hailey Hodson

Grace Cook

Carter Torrence

The second Polar Bear Meet at Louisa started with the 4 x 800 team putting together their best team of the season so far to get a solid time of 10:07.81 which should secure them a good spot in the fast heat at the state meet.

Eleanor Shin Tries High Jump

Eleanor Shin had a busy day.  She got to do high jump for the first time and placed 5th with a jump of 4-4, she placed 7th in the long jump, she was part of the 3rd place 4 x 200 team, and placed 6th in the 300 with a time of 48.83.  While she is just getting started in track, she has the potential to help out in many areas.  

Bailey Brethren

Bailey placed 4th in the 300 with a time of 48.36, she ran on the 3rd place 4 x 200, and also competed in the 55 dash.   Other members of the 4 x 200 were Ada Buer, Beatrice Campbell and Eleanor Shin.

AJ places 3rd

AJ Torrence has been working on  hurdles this season with a focus on becoming an intermediate.  She had a best time and placed third at Louisa.

Juliet Kielbasa

Juliet ran an indoor best on the 1600 to place 5th with a 6:08.38.   She came back in the 1000 to place 8th.

Liv & Louise

Freshman runners Liv Blakey and Louise Foster ran PR's in the 1000.  Louise placed 7th with a time of 3:37.74 with a strong finish.  

Anja drops down to the 500

Anja Lehmensiek dropped down to try the sprints, competing in both the 500 and 300.  She placed 4th in the 500 with a 1:31.20 and a short time later ran a 49.62 in the 300 to work on her speed.

Look for more track coverage of WFS later in the week.

Western Finishes 5th out of 120 teams at Bulldog in Lynchburg

Western had a day of strong performances to finish 5th out of schools from all over Virginia and some from out of state.  The Pole Vaulters placed four in the top 5 with Evie Woodrow having another personal best, vaulting 11-6.  Raina Fitzwater won the event with a 12-0 Vault, Helen Moak was 4th and Caroline Pearson was 5th.  

Jordan Henderson had strong performances in the 55 Hurdles, 4 x 200 and the 300 meters where she ran a personal best of 43.76, a regional qualifying time.  The 4x200 team of Julia Hill, Camille Love, Emmy Williams and Jordan Henderson ran their second best time of the season with clean hand-offs.  Their time of 1:51.56 is a state qualifying time.  

Emmy Battista PR's in 500 m

Emmy ran a personal best 1:24.02, just missing the state standard, but her fastest time by over a second.

AJ Torrence Qualifies for State on First Attempt in that Event

AJ Torrence also ran a personal best time in the 500, finishing in 1:22.32.  Her time was a state-qualifying time.

Carter Torrence places 2nd in 500 m 

Carter dropped another two seconds off of her season best to run a 1:16.37.  She placed 2nd out of 173 girls in that event.  Later she came back to place 13th in the 300 in 42.31 placing 13th out of over 300 girls.  Jordan Henderson, Camille Love and Emmy Williams all ran personal bests in that event.  Camille and Emmy Battista also placed tied for 9th in the high jump. Emmy Battista and Julia Hill both ran personal best times in the 55 dash earlier in the day.  

Grace Cook Places 7th in 3200

Grace Cook got her state qualifying time in the 3200, running 11:43.10.  She placed 7th in that event.  Here she is with Kiera Lowman, the 2023 3A XC State Champion.

Hailey Hodson Drops another Second

Hailey dropped another second off of her 1000 time, running in a crowded field.  Her time of 2:08.83 is a state QT.  Emerson Ritter managed to get in another race between swim meets.  She was also in a very crowded heat and got some good experience which will help her at the state meet.

New Stars Emerge at Louisa Polar Bear

We had many impressive performances at The Polar Bear Meet this past Friday at Louisa.  The team was treated to temperatures in the 70's for most of the meet.  The girls took full advantage and managed to get some qualifying times.  Lilly Jamison, in her first time competing, in the high jump, jumped 4-6 to qualify for districts and place 5th in that event.  

In the 55 hurdles, Bella Saucerman placed second running 11.24.  She also ran a leg on the 4 x 200 which placed 6th, with team members Beatrice Campbell, Kelly Cummings, and Lilly Jamison.  

The 8th graders ran well in the 500.  Finleigh Broadbent ran an impressive time of 1:36.  Cameron Huhyn and Dorothy Streit are more suited to longer races, but they gained valuable experience racing in the sprint event.  

In the shot put, we had three throwers compete.  Elisabeth Shin led the group with a throw of 28-5.0.  This is her best throw by two and a half feet!  She placed 7th with that throw.  Also competing was Liya Knabe and Miriam Walcott.

S.J. Broadbent Qualifies for Regionals

SJ ran a five-second personal best in the 500, running 1:26.24 to finish 5th and ensure her spot in the region meet.  Earlier in the meet, she ran an 11-second personal best in the 4 x 800 to split 2:35.  The relay team placed second with Cora Matzke, Peyton Haium, and Anja Lemensiek.  Anja knocked off nine seconds from her personal best to run a 2:43.  

Anja Lehmensiek places 5th in 1000

Anja also knocked off seven seconds in the 1000.  Her time of 3:38.94 placed 4th in the meet.

Big personal bests in the 3200

Juliet Kielbasa and Sarina He placed second and third in the 3200, running personal best times.  Juliet knocked off seven seconds and Sarina knocked off twenty-two seconds, running 13:25 and 13:50 respectively.  In the 300 Lilly Jamison, Miriam Walcott, and Kelly Cummings ran personal best times.  Sara Price ran a personal best time in the 1600 placing 9th.  

Pole Vaulters Impress at 

Fred Hardy

The Pole Vaulters had a historic day at Fred Hardy.  The boys had two vaulters go 14-0 to take first and second.  Nathan Peterson and Ollie Woodrow took things to the next level taking first and second, both clearing 14 feet for the first time.  Raina Fitzwater and Evie Woodrow also went one-two with Evie Clearing 11-0 for the first time.  

Jordan Henderson finishes 5th

Jordan Henderson showed remarkable consistency in the 55 hurdles, running 9.57 in both the trials and finals.  While it is just off her best time, it was good that she is getting more consistent with her races.  

Logan Juhl finishes 6th

Logan Juhl placed 6th in the 1600, running a good novice time of 6:15.06.   In the middle school 1600, Sophia cook took 3rd place.  

Another teammate placing high was Maddie Hill with 6th place in the long jump with a 15-09.25.  Finleight Broadbent placed 5th in the middle school 500.  Emmy Williams had a personal best by over a half-second in the 300, running 47.62.  For complete results, click here.

Six New State Qualifiers at Walt Cormack!

Western Albemarle finished fourth out of 23 teams in the Walt Cormack meet which drew teams from all over Virginia and DC, but the big news was the number of state qualifiers we had in this meet.  We had several individuals who were racing for the first time this season and they did not waste any time getting themselves qualified.  In the 500, Carter Torrence won the event in an impressive time of 1:16.73, 5 seconds faster than her time last week, which ranks her first in 3A in that event.  Camille Love placed 5th in a time of 1:22.66 which qualifies her to the state meet and was a 5-second personal best.  

Hailey Hodson Qualifies in First Race of the Season

Hailey shook off the rust after taking a 2-month break from racing to run a state qualifying time of 3:09.51.  That placed her 5th in that event and ranks her 4th in 3A.  Emerson Ritter, who swims in the winter while training 3 days a week for track, also qualified for the state meet, running 3:13.36.

Grace Cook 3rd in the 1600 & State Qualified!

Grace was another athlete who has been focusing on training for the past two months.   She has been supplementing her training with some elliptical as she prepares to move to the next level next year at Utah Valley University.   She qualified for the state meet, placing 3rd in the 1600, with a time of 5:25.75.   

2 Relay Teams Qualify

The 4 x 200 and the 4 x 400 Qualified for the state meet.  In the 4 x 200, Carter led off in 25.8 seconds to give the team a sizeable lead.  The team kept the lead the entire way winning their heat and placing 4th.  Other 4 x 200 members were Jordan Henderson, Julia Hill, and Maddie Hill. The 4 x 400 team, pictured above, also easily won their heat.  Hailey Hodson led off and put the team in first place.  Camille Love ran a strong leg, handing off to AJ Torrence.  AJ handed off to sister Carter who proceeded to calmly run to the finish.  Both teams are currently ranked 4th in 3A and will only get better once pushed.

Maddie Hill has PR Kind of Day!

Maddie Hill had an awesome day, starting off the day running a personal best in the 55m  dash running a 7.77.  In the long jump, she jumped a personal best 15-8 to qualify for regionals.  She completed her treo of PBs by jumping a personal best in The Triple Jump with a 32-11.  She placed 11th in both the long and triple jump.  She also anchored the state qualifying 4 x 200.  Congrats to Maddie on a full day of successful events.

Pole Vaulters Continue to Dominate

The Pole Vaulters placed two in the top four.  Raina Fitzwater won the event in 11-6 and Helen Moak placed fourth in 9-6.   Both Raina and Helen had previously qualified for states and continue to put up solid marks.

Other impressive times were turned in by AJ Torrence and Jordan Henderson who ran regional qualifying times in the 300, running 44.27.  AJ dropped over a half second on her 300 time from last week.  Jordan ran a season-best 44. 66  and her second fastest time of all time.  

Carter Torrence Wins 3 Events at East Coast Elite Meet

Carter Torrence put on a show winning the 55 dash, the 300 and the 500.  In the 55, she ran the second fastest time in Western Albemarle History.  She also qualified for the state meet in all three events.  AJ Torrence got 6th in the 55 dash and the 300, running a regional qualifying time in the 300.  Lots of young runners got great experience running on a nice track at Roanoke College.  Sarina He dropped 8 seconds from her 1600 time and Liv Blakey dropped 4 seconds from her 500 time.  SJ Broadbent also got some good experience participating in the 500 and 1000 double.  

8th Graders get a chance to compete in a big meet at Roanoke College

Finleigh Broadbent

Finleigh placed 5th in the middle school 500 and 8th in the 300, running a solid middle school time of 1:37.91.

Cameron Huynh

Cameron ran the 1600 and the 1000, placing 7th in both events.  It was a tough double as there was not much time between events.

Western Pole Vaulters Top in The State

Raina Fitzwater

Raina cleared 12-6 at The FUMA Mini Meet on December 13th which ranks her tied for first in all divisions in the state of Virginia.  

Evie Woodrow

Evie Woodrow became the fourth Western pole vaulter to qualify for the state meet, after vaulting  10-6 which puts her tied for 5th in all divisions of the state.

Julia Hill, Amelia Hodson, Emmy Williams and Maddie Hill Place 2nd in the 4 x 400

Amelia & Julia

Amelia also ran a leg on the 4 x 200.


Emmy also ran a leg on the 4 x 200.


Maddie also placed 3rd in the triple jump.

Camille Love

Camille got 3rd in the 500 dash.

Jordan Henderson

Jordan placed 3rd in the 300 with a regional qualifying time of 45.14.  She also competed in long jump for the first time.  

Pole Vault Qualifies 3 to States in First Meet

In the very first indoor meet of the season, the pole vaulters wasted no time in qualifying team members for the state meet.  Raina Fitzwater led the way, clearing 12 feet to place first.  Helen Moak set a big personal best to place second with 10 feet.  Caroline Pearson placed third with a 9-foot vault.  Raina's vault ranks her 2nd in the state of Virginia out of all divisions of schools.  Caroline Pearson also placed 5th in the 55 hurdles.

4 x 400 with the Win

Izzie Park, Camille Love, Jordan Henderson, and Emmy Battista teamed up for the win in the last event of the day.  Jordan Henderson earlier won the 55 hurdles.  Camille Love placed second in the 300, placed 6th in long jump and ran a leg on the third place 4 x 200.  Izzie also placed 5th in the 500.  

Emmy Battista

Emmy had a great day leading off the winning 4 x 400, winning the 500 and placing 6th in high jump.  

Maddie Hill

Maddie Hill placed second in triple jump, 4th in long jump and ran a leg on the 4 x 200.  

Julia Hill placed third in triple jump, 8th in long jump and ran a leg on the 3rd place 4 x 200.

Emmy Wiliams placed 4th in the 300 and ran a leg on the 3rd place 4 x 200.

Anja Lehmensiek and Louise Foster ran on the winning 4 x 800 and placed 6th and 7th in the 1000.  Other members of the 4 x 800 were SJ Broadbent and Logan Juhl.  SJ also placed 6th in the 500.

Sophia Cook ran a strong race in the middle school 1600, running a huge personal best time of 6:43.60.  

Other athletes placing high in events were Maura King who got a 5th in the 300, 8th in the 55 dash, and a 6th in the triple jump.  Elisabeth Shin placed 6th in the shot put.  Chloe Sachno and Hanna Kim took 4th and 5th in the 3200, both running personal best times.  Cora Matzke got 8th in the 1000.  Sarina He and Sara Price placed 7th and 8th in the 1600.  The Warriors will head back to FUMA on the 13th before heading into the holidays.

Take a Look at Our Top Returning Athletes as

Indoor Track Meets Start this week

Western Albemarle enters this season, in a new division.  The team will compete in the 3A division versus the 4A division they've been competing in.  The Warriors bring back many high-placing athletes from last year's team.   Starting from the top left we have Carter Torrence who won the 500 last year in Indoors and placed fourth in the 300.  She also anchored our record-setting 4 x 400 team, placing 2nd indoors and outdoors at the state meet.  Carter has the school record in the 200, 400 and 500 and is hoping to add another record this season.  Raina Fitzwater returns as one of the top pole vaulters in the state.  She was second in the last indoor season and came back to win the pole vault in the outdoor season.  Also pictured above, is Hailey Hodson who placed third in the 1000 and was a part of the 4 x 800 team which was second this past indoor season and first during outdoor.  She was also a part of the second-place 4 x 400 team.   Hailey also ran a leg on the 4 x mile team at Nationals which set a school record.  

Evie Woodrow comes back after placing 5th this past indoor state meet and 3rd in outdoors in the pole vault.

Caroline Pearson is another top pole vaulter returning.  She placed 6th at the outdoor state meet after coming back from being injured during the indoor season.

Grace Cook returns after placing 9th at last year's state meet in the 3200.  She was also on the winning 4 x 800 team at Regionals and 3rd at the indoor regionals in the 1000.  

Julia Hill returns after triple jumping over 33 feet last year as an 8th grader.  She has a great shot at making it to the state meet this season. 

Other members coming back from last year who have a good chance of contributing are 

Emerson Ritter Competes at Footlocker Regionals

Emerson Runs her 2nd Fastest Time In Crowded Field in Charlotte, NC

Emerson was the lone runner to compete this season from Western Albemarle.  She traveled to Charlotte to compete among the best at Footlocker South.  She broke 19:00 for the second time in her career and got to experience running with some of the top runners in a crowded field.  The race is known for going out fast and it is hard not to get caught up in the excitement.  

Team Virginia won in the team division, which included lots of familiar names:  Allie Zealand in 3rd, Maddie Gardiner in 5th, Reese Dalton in 8th, Zoie Lamanna in 9th, Sadie Adams in 11th, Aidan MacGrath in 21st, &  Madeline Gypson, 31st from Albemarle.  So 4 of the top 7 were from Central Virginia.  This has really been an amazing year for Central Virginia with all the local teams placing high at states and doing well in the postseason.  Click for Complete Results.

Hailey Hodson Signs with 

The Naval Academy

This past Tuesday, Hailey signed with The Naval Academy.  Her family and friends were there to support her.  We all are so proud of her as this accomplishment came after much hard work, dedication, and fearless determination.  We know she has a bright future as she represents The Navy next year in Track.  During Hailey's time at Western, we have only lost the state 4 x 800 one time when we placed second to Blacksburg last indoor season.  We came back this past spring and won it again, the 5th time in 3 years.  Hailey was also a member of the 4 x 400 team which placed second in the state meet and set the school record at both Penn Relays and then again at The Dogwood Track Classic.  She was a part of the 4 x Mile Indoor Team which set the school record this past indoor season at New Balance Nationals in Boston.   Hailey was a part of two State Championship XC teams, the last of which just occurred earlier this month.  While Hailey is known for her ability to pump up the relay team and set the tone by running a brassy first leg, she has also placed individually and earned all-state honors in the 1000 and 800.  We look forward to seeing her cap off her career at Western this winter and spring.