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WHS Student Wins Cross Country District Championship, Moves on as an Individual to States

By: Peyton McNorton

The Waynesboro’s High School cross country team had their district meet on Tuesday, October 22, at Rockbridge High School. Out of the 5 teams WHS competed with, WHS boys cross country team placed 2nd overall and advanced to regionals. The girls team however only had one person advancing. 

Senior, Sam Sikora, was titled the Valley District Champion and headed to regionals with his teammates. 

“It was a dream come true,” Sikora said. “It was my big goal for this season.”

Not only was Sikora happy about being the district champion, the students and staff were happy for him too. 

“I’ve got so much positive feedback,” Sikora said. “I’m happy that WHS community and the Waynesboro community is proud of me.” 

This is Sikora’s fifth year participating in cross country and is excited to continue running when he goes to college. 

“I’m planning to run for Radford university or Longwood university,” Sikora said. “I haven’t decided yet which of those two I want to go,” 

Sikora decided to join cross country when his Kate Collins Middle School gym teacher, Julie Stevens, recommended it to him. 

“She’s the reason I’m in cross country,” Sikora said. “She got me into it.” 

When Sikora first started, he wasn’t as focused than what he is now.

“I think I have improved a lot throughout these years,” Sikora said. “I’m more focused on training than my first year.”

Sikora lives, breathes, and sleeps running. He loves racing with other opponents.

“My favorite thing about cross country is the feeling when you finish your race,” Sikora said. “When you’re done racing, all of your hard work on training is paid off.” 

Although Sikora loves his sport, there are some things he doesn’t enjoy about cross country.

“It can hurt at times,” Sikora said. “It’s a mental and physical sport, and can be pretty tough.” 

Sikora also has great love and respect for his coaches and teammates. 

“It’s been great. Especially this year,” Sikora said. “Coach Stevens has always been a great coach to me.”

“My teammates are great as well,” Sikora said. “They’ve made it so much more enjoyable.”

Although Sikora is going to run again in college soon, he is going to miss the WHS team. 

“Going to states has always been memorable,” Sikora said. “And being with my whole team.” 

The boys cross country team headed to Rockingham County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, November 6th to compete in the regional tournament. It was an incredibly competitive meet. Unfortunately, the WHS team lost in a tie breaker to Spotswood. Despite this, Sikora advanced individually to states and will be competing in the VHSL class 3A boys cross country championship on November 16th.

“I’m just excited for our team,” Sikora said. “I’m also excited for the younger kids to come and see what’s it all about when they advance to regionals in later years.” 

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