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CROSS COUNTRY NOTEPAD: Foxes hoping early tests will pay off later

The King George girls cross country team is more concerned about preparing for the Conference 22 meet at the end of the month than in hitting its peak now.

So while the Foxes placed 13th out of 17 teams at the Maymont X–Country Festival on Saturday in Richmond, head coach Cathy Binder said the experience was well worth it.

The Foxes competed in the Invitational Division, the toughest of the meet’s nine classifications. They used the same tactic last year en route to a Battlefield District championship, a runner-up showing in Region I and their third trip to the Group AA state meet in four years.

Binder said her high school coach always told her that “to run your best, you have to run against the best.”

“Last year I put them in there and they really saw how running against the fast girls helped them later on,” Binder said. “Two of the teams we faced were ranked in the nation. They really learned how to run against fast girls and what it’s like facing that type of competition.”

The Foxes have several returnees from last year’s team. The Armentrout triplets, who were stalwarts for the program, all graduated. But King George replaced them with track and field standout Miranda Green and two transfers.

Green returned to the Foxes after she missed last cross country season with an injury. She participated in indoor and outdoor track and field. She won the Battlefield District 800 meters and 1,600 championships last spring. Green, who is King George’s top runner, placed 36th out of 118 runners at Maymont.

The Foxes have also received a boost from Fredericksburg Academy transfer Brooke West and Maddie Amos, a transfer from California.

King George will be back in action Wednesday with a home meet against Chancellor and Washington & Lee.