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Rested Foxes ready for tests

The King George cross country team enjoyed this past weekend off.

Foxes coach Cathy Binder allowed her runners to enjoy a parade, floats and vendors at the county’s annual fall festival instead of trekking to an event out of town.

But this week, it’s back to business for the Foxes.

They’ll participate in a Battlefield District meet today at Pratt Park. The event involves every district team, and it serves as a preview for the official district meet, which takes place Oct. 26 at the same location.

“It’s a good chance to see where we stack up,” Binder said.

So far, the Foxes’ girls have stacked up near the top. They’ve placed in the top five in several meets this season. Binder acknowledged they’re probably the favorite to capture today’s meet as well as the official district meet.

“You have to enjoy it while you have it,” Binder said of success, “because you never know when you’re going to get it again.”

The Foxes’ girls have been successful in large part because of Haley Armentrout. The junior placed second in the Battlefield as a freshman and sophomore, but she has her eyes set on the top prize this season. Spotsylvania’s Emmie Schmitt, the 2010 champion, is still with the Knights, but Binder said Armentrout has surpassed her.

Binder said Armentrout has consistently run times lower than 20 minutes, and she looks for that to continue.

“She’s been No. 2 for two years,” Binder said of Armentrout’s motivation. “She doesn’t want to be No. 2 anymore.”

The Foxes have some depth behind Armentrout. They have their entire squad back from last season, including junior stalwart Anna Kniceley.

Binder said freshmen Nicole Brem and Kristen Hornbaker have provided a lift, as well.

—Taft Coghill Jr.

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