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Volunteers Needed For Dogwood Meet May 1st and 2nd

The Dogwood Track Classic is bigger and better this year. On Friday evening May 1st, the SMR, DMR, and 2000mST will be run. Then on May 2nd, the main meet begins at 11:00 with teams coming from across the state. There will be a state of the art timing system with LIVE results shown on electronic boards.

This meet is put on by AHS, CHS, MHS and WAHS to raise funds for our track teams. We cannot do it without the support of parent and student volunteers. Please visit SignUp Genius for volunteer slots. Please consider giving a couple of hours to help make this event a success.

Foot Locker Nationals In San Diego

Dear Friends,

I’d like to take the time to thank everyone who generously volunteers their time, energy, and funding to make Friends such a supportive organization. Lindy and I were humbled by the generosity regarding funding of our trip to San Diego to support Gannon at Foot Locker Nationals. The trip was a blast and I’d like to share a bit about it for anyone who wishes to continue reading.

By finishing seventh in 15:01 at the Foot Locker South Regional Meet, Gannon became the fourth Warrior to qualify for the National Meet and the first to do it as a junior (Mark Smith, 1990, Kyle Satterwhite, 2008, Mattie Webb, 2010).  On Thursday, December 11th, we left the Charlottesville airport at 5:15, meaning we got to CHO at 4:00 in the morning. Yikes! When we arrived in San Diego, Gannon was promptly whisked away by the Foot Locker folks. I firmly believe he was treated like royalty from the moment we touched down until the moment he left on Sunday morning.

The meet headquarters was at the Hotel del Coronado. You might want to Google image search that name, dear readers, for my photos below surely won’t do it justice. Simply put, the hotel was majestic. When Gannon was off participating in official activities with the other athletes, the rest of us had a blast reading by the pool, exploring the beach, and meandering through the little shops in and around the Hotel del Coronado. We ate delicious Mexican food on a number of occasions in addition to attending a formal banquet hosted by meet management. Perhaps the best meal of the trip for me was at a small sushi joint on Saturday afternoon after Gannon’s race. Athletes, coaches, and parents alike were lucky to hear from elite athletes on multiple occasions, including Alan Webb, Adam Goucher, Deena Kastor, Meb Keflezighi, Kara Goucher, and many more.

Now let’s get down to business: running. We previewed the course on Friday morning and it was sloppy. An uncommonly persistent rainstorm lasted pretty much all day, which saturated the course thoroughly. The lush grass became extremely spongy in places and one steep downhill in particular became really slick and slippery. By Saturday the weather had cleared up, but the course was still a little more damp than desirable. I was really proud to see Gannon wearing his usual shoes, pants, and jacket in which to warmup on Saturday morning. Many of the other athletes were sporting their new Asics gear. The gifts were ample, but really, couldn’t those kids have waited until after the most competitive race of their season to try new out new gear? Come on, people; dance with the one that brung ya!

The race itself went well! Gannon managed to stay on his feet the whole time, which is more than some athletes were able to say. He made a big move sometime between 1.5 and 2 miles and gained a lot of ground on the pack. It was nice to see Gannon really competing and mixing it up with this national caliber field instead of being satisfied just to have qualified. He finished in 16:04 for 28th place. Despite finishing 7th at the South Regional, Gannon was the 4th finisher on the South squad at the National meet. In addition, he was the 7th junior the cross the finish line in San Diego. Apologies to those of you trying to watch the live webcast on Foot Locker’s website. I understand it was pretty choppy this year.

All in all, the trip was a great experience for everyone involved. Getting some experience with such a competitive field and seeing the course could pay dividends in the future for Gannon. Lindy and I feel privileged to coach such a dedicated and humble young man. Now it’s back to track season for the next 7 months!

Thanks again for all of the continued support and generosity!



Gannon and Chance at 5:00 in the morning, having been up for at least 2 hours already!


Cass, Chance, Gannon, and Lindy on the rear steps at the Hotel del Coronado.

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The view from the porch off Cass and Lindy’s room.

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Gannon showing his excitement at his race uniform!


Gannon with parents Kate and Brian after the race.


Gannon and Peter Seufer (EC Glass High School in Lynchburg) compare experiences after the race.

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Gannon with two time race winner Grant Fisher at the banquet.

Ragged Mountain Cup Recap

On Tuesday, September 3rd, the Western Albemarle cross country teams competed in the Ragged Mountain Cup at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, VA. This unique season-opening event features relay teams of four members, each running two miles. Both the boys and girls took home team titles. The winning boys team consisted of Gannon Willcutts, Nathaniel Hashisaki, Trevor Stutzman, and Andrew deJong. The winning girls team consisted of Annie Taylor, Averi Witt, Alice DuCharme, and Chance Masloff. The boys took 1st, 3rd, and 9th in the relays and the girls took 1st, 4th, and 14th. The following runners placed in the top 25:

Gannon Willcutts (2nd)

Andrew deJong (5th)

Chris Ferguson (9th)

Nathaniel Hashisaki (12th)

Trevor Stutzman (16th)

Henry Cohen (18th)

Cy Webb (19th)

Ethan Cole (20th)

Santi Campos-Lopez (25th)

Annie Taylor (1st)

Averi Witt (6th)

Chance Masloff (7th)

Sarah Grupp (11th)

Annie Lorenzoni (16th)

Alice DuCharme (17th)

Erica Grupp (19th)

Sophie Loman (22nd)

The relay races were only the start to a great day of racing. Soon after the relays ended, the open race took off. Western Albemarle runners, many in their first races ever, ran strong and competed well. It was a great way to open the season for both teams. More coverage can be found at The Daily Progress and Milestat, listed below. The Warriors next travel to Fork Union Academy for a more traditional three mile race on Saturday, September 7th. Good luck Warriors!

May 4th – Dogwood Track Classic

On May 4th, 2013 we co-host, along with the other area schools, a very large track meet at the UVa track. It is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We really need lots of volunteer help. Please see the link below to sign up for a duty and time slot. Thanks for your help!

Jefferson District Meet

WA Color Logo[1]Congratulations to both indoor track and field teams. Last night at Fork Union the girls brought home the team championship over a tough Fluvanna squad while the boys finished second to Louisa. All-District performers will advance to the Region II meet next Wednesday at Fork Union, along with any who have already qualified on time.

Winners and All-District scorers are listed below. Complete results can be found here.

Event winners:

Girls 4x800m Relay (Annie Lorenzoni, Chance Masloff, Caroline Outlaw, Kelsey Pittman)

Maggie Kooken (Shot Put)

Chance Masloff (1000m)

Annie Taylor (1600m, 3200m)

Boys 4x800m Relay (Kyle Mahoney, Devin Morris, Noah Oakland, Cy Webb)

Dave Taylor (1600m, 500m, 1000m)


Girls 4x200m Relay (Marina Clark, Ely Crisler, Tess Lohr, Nina Willms)

Girls 4x400m Relay (Ely Crisler, Chance Masloff, Kelsey Pittman, Nina Willms)

Katrina Barredo (Pole Vault, 55mH)

Jessika Brenin (Pole Vault)

Marina Clark (Triple Jump)

Ely Crisler (Long Jump, High Jump, 300m)

Alice DuCharme (3200m)

Maggie Kooken (High Jump, 55m)

Chandler Legard (Pole Vault)

Sophie Loman (3200m)

Annie Lorenzoni (1600m)

Caroline Outlaw (500m)

Kelsey Pittman (1000m)

Emily Rayle (Pole Vault)

Nina Willms (500m)

Boys 4x400m Relay (Nick Drapanas, Daniel Kuzjak, Noah Oakland, Gannon Wilcutts)

Santi Campos-Lopez (1000m)

Henry Cohen (3200m)

Ethan Cole (1000m)

Andrew DeJong (1600m)

Nathaniel Hashisaki (3200m)

Daniel Kuzjak (300m)

Kevin MacPherson (55mH)

Noah Oakland (1600m)

Caleb Rider (Pole Vault)

Trevor Stutzman (3200m)

Jake Thompson (Pole Vault)

Blake Tolman (Pole Vault)

Gannon Wilcutts (500m)

Polar Bear Meet at AHS

The Warriors competed last night (1/29) at Albemarle High School on a rare January day in the mid-sixties. A list of event winners and qualifying times met is posted below. Congratulations to all competitors on a slew of solid performances.  Next up is the mini-invitational at Woodberry Forest (1/31), the Virginia Tech Invitational (2/1, 2/2), and the Heritage JV Invitational (2/2).


Event Winners:

Katrina Barredo (55mH)

Ely Crisler (55m)

Maggie Kooken (Shot Put)

Sophie Loman (3200m)

Annie Taylor (1000m)

Girls 4x200m Relay

Girls 4x400m Relay

Daniel Kuzjak (300m)

Kevin MacPherson (55mH)

Cam Perry (Shot Put)

Jake Thompson (Pole Vault)

Boys 4x200m Relay


District Qualifiers:

Katrina Barredo (55mH)

Ely Crisler (55m)

Alice DuCharme (1000m)

Lydia Garner (High Jump)

Annie Lorenzoni (1600m)

Olivia Markopoulous (Triple Jump)

Madison Masloff (300m – 8th grade)

Santi Campos-Lopez (1000m)

Andrew DeJong (1000m)

Nick Drapanas (300m)

Kevin MacPherson (55mH)

Kyle Mahoney (1000m)

Noah Oakland (1600m)

Trevor Stutzman (1600m)

Dave Taylor (1600m, 1000m)

Cy Webb (1000m)


Regional Qualifiers:

Marina Clark (Triple Jump)

Ely Crisler (Long Jump)

Ashley Laubach (Pole Vault)

Sophie Loman (3200m)

Chance Masloff (3200m)

Kelsey Pittman (1000m)

Nina Wilms (500m)

Averi Witt (1600m – 8th grade)

Girls 4x400m Relay

Ethan Cole (1000m)

Daniel Kuzjak (300m)

Caleb Rider (Pole Vault)

Gannon Wilcutts (500m)

Boys 4x200m Relay

Boyx 4x400m Relay


State Qualifiers:

Katrina Barredo (Pole Vault)

Maggie Kooken (Shot Put)

Chandler Legard (Pole Vault)

Annie Taylor (1000m)

Jake Thompson (Pole Vault)

Blake Tolman (Pole Vault)

Fred Hardy Invitational Recap

Congratulations to all of our athletes who competed on Saturday. Highlights from the meet include scoring performances from the following:


Katrina Barredo – 6th, Pole Vault

Marina Clark – 5th, Triple Jump

Ely Crisler, Chance Masloff, Kelsey Pittman, Sachi Ragosta, – 4th, 4x400m Relay

Alice DuCharme, Chance Masloff, Caroline Outlaw, Kelsey Pittman – 4th, 4x800m Relay

Maggie Kooken – 2nd, Shot Put

Chandler Legard – 3rd, Pole Vault

Chance Masloff – 3rd, 1000m

Annie Taylor – 1st, 3200m


Nic Drapanas, Spencer Dunsmore, Daniel Kuzjak, Gannon Wilcutts, – 6th, 4x200m Relay

Trevor Stutzman – 4th, 3200m

Dave Taylor – 1st, 1600m

Jake Thompson – 4th, Pole Vault


Get ready for a busy couple of weeks, track fans! We have the Heritage JV Invitational (Saturday, 1/26), AHS Polar Bear (Tuesday or Wednesday, 1/29 or 1/30), Woodberry Forest (Thursday, 1/31), and the Virginia Tech Invitational (Friday and Saturday, 2/1 and 2/2) before heading into the championship season.