Fishburne Military School Hosts XC Invitational

Four Fishburne Military School Runners Set Personal Bests

Waynesboro, VA recap from Coach Tankard – It was a beautiful day to run and the Caisson runners took full advantage of the cool weather to

Fishburne Military School (Waynesboro, VA) Cross Country

photo courtesy of Fishburne Military School Yearbook Staff

continue improving as Fishburne Military School hosted their annual Caisson Challenge Cross Country Invitational at Coyner Springs Park.

The Caissons finished fourth in the field of nine teams, besting VIC rivals Miller School, Blue Ridge School and Eastern Mennonite, but falling short of VIC teams North Cross (2nd) and Hargrave (3rd). Regents School of Charlottesville was the winner.
Junior Garrett Rose (Columbus, IN) lead the effort with a time of 18:53, complete with an impressive final stretch sprint to medal in sixth place. Junior Austin Hanger (Middlebrook, VA) medalled in 11th place with a time of 19:43. 9th grader Justin Hill (St. Augustine, FL) finished 22nd overall with a time of 21:00. The next finisher for the Caissons was Sophomore Harlan Earhart (Fairfax Station, VA) who earned a new PR (21:08) by shaving 1 minute 14 seconds off his previous time. Also shaving off nearly a minute from his PR, eighth grader Aiden Smith (Arlington, VA) finished 5th (22:40) for the squad. He was followed closely by junior William Terry (Charlottesville, VA) who shaved close to 2 minutes off his previous PR, finishing at (22:44). The biggest PR earner of the day was 9th grader Seth Leinonen (San Antonio, TX) with a time of 24:12, which blew away his old PR of 27:04. 8th grader Ian Clardy (Orange, VA) rounded out the eight finishers with a time of 27:17, good enough for 73rd of 96 runners.
We are a young team that continues to show improvement well into the season. Next up is a new race for the Caissons, Running with the Wolves, hosted by Jefferson Forest High School. There are 42 teams registered. It will be a great experience to run in a big meet similar in size to the VISAA State Meet.
Great photos here courtesy of the Fishburne Military School Yearbook Staff:

Fishburne Military School is the oldest and smallest of all military schools for boys in Virginia. Its college-prep curriculum is built on the structure of an Army JROTC program. FMS has been designated as a JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction and may nominate qualified candidates to the United States Service Academies. Fishburne hosts one of only four Summer JROTC programs in the nation that is accredited by US Army Cadet Command.