The perennially strong Chambersburg girls likely will need a stronger performance at next weekend's District 3-AAA meet to earn their 11th straight team berth at states. The top five teams at districts advance.
"We're just not healthy at all. I don't know what to do," Chambersburg girls coach Chris Monheim said. "The girls are trying their best.
"But we have a week and a half off, and I think we'll go into districts a little healthier. We definitely have a chance (to qualify for states). We were fourth last year at the conference meet and finished fifth at districts."
West Virginia Region II
The West Virginia Region II championships are today - Class AA-A at Berkeley Springs and Class AAA at Elkins.
Berkeley Springs senior Rachel Buser will be gunning for her fourth straight region title in girls AA-A, while Jefferson junior Cory Hampshire will be racing for his third straight in boys AAA.
Probably the most intriguing race is in boys AA-A - Doddridge's Levi Grandt, last year's region and state champ, vs. Berkeley Springs' Lenny Roach, last year's region runner-up.
Roach and Grandt are 1-1 against each other this fall. Roach beat Grandt by 11 seconds at the GEICO Classic on Sept. 8, and Grandt beat Roach by 10 seconds at the Berkeley Springs Invitational on Sept. 22.
The MVAL championships will be held Friday at Liberty High School in Sykesville, Md.
It will be a long day of racing - Blue Ridge boys at 9 a.m., Blue Ridge girls at 9:30, Chesapeake boys at 10:10, Chesapeake girls at 10:40, all JV boys at 11:15, all JV girls at 11:50, Antietam boys at 12:45 p.m., Antietam girls at 1:15, Piedmont boys at 2:05 and Piedmont girls at 2:35.
All of Washington County's varsity teams will be competing in the afternoon - Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Smithsburg and Williamsport in the Antietam races, and North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown in the Piedmont.
The Williamsport girls have won the last four Antietam team titles, while the Clear Spring boys have won the last two.