For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Edwards
Coordinator of Policy and Communications
February 6, 2020
Release #686 540-662-3888 x88235
James Wood High School Names New Cross Country Coach
James Wood High School has named Matt Lofton its new cross country coach. Lofton, who is a 1997 graduate of James Wood, succeeds Mike Onda who resigned in January after coaching the Colonels for 16 seasons.
Lofton has a great deal of experience coaching both cross country and track at the middle and high school levels. From 2010-2019, he served as the assistant cross country and assistant indoor track coach at Millbrook High School. In addition, he served as the co-head
track coach at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School from 2011-2019.
Lofton says, “I’m excited about the opportunity to return to my alma mater and lead the cross country program. I’m looking forward to building upon the success the boys’ and girls’ teams enjoyed this past season as both advanced to the 4A State Championship. Coach Onda set a high standard of excellence during his tenure and I plan to build upon the program’s strong foundation as I assume the role of head coach.”
James Wood High School Coordinator of Student Activities Craig Woshner says, "Matt has been a well-known part of the local running community for many years. He has experienced a great deal of success as a runner himself while coaching elite high school distance runners and developing middle school runners. I am confident he will develop an excellent rapport with our runners and bring the right balance of intensity, challenge and knowledge in order to continue building James Wood’s cross country program into one of the top programs in the state."
POSTED OCTOBER 21
The boys' and girls' Varsity cross country teams competed on Saturday in the 3rd Battle Invitational. The girls were 3rd out of 34 teams arnd were the top finishing team from Region 4C, and the boys were 9th out of 39 teams as the #2 team from Region 4C. Both teams beat Millbrook; for the girls, this was the first time they had beat Millbrook in an Invitational since 2016.
Top finishers for the girls were Lauren Beatty in 7th and Kenzie Konyar in 12th. Top finishers for the boys were Nathaniel Woshner in 25th and Liam McDonald in 40th.
For the JVs, the boys' JV Upperclassmen boys (11th/12th grade) were 2nd out of 32 teams. Top finishers were Colin Staneart in 4th and Jimmy Burdock in 13th. The girls' JV Underclassmen (9th/10th grade) were 4th of 29 teams. Top finishers were Natalie Huntley in 17th and Lillian Lovelace in 22nd.
The Colonels will compete in the Northwestern District Championships on Tuesday, October 29 in Woodstock. Races begin at 3:00 PM.
POSTED OCTOBER 10
The boys' and girls' cross country teams competed in the City/County Meet on Wednesday at the Kernstown Battlefield. Both teams won their respective races.
The girls' team was led by Lauren Beatty, who won the girls' race. She was followed by Kenzie Konyar in 6th, Quetzali Angel-Perez in 8th, & Elena Farinholt in 9th.
The boys' team was led by Nathaniel Woshner in 4th. He was followed by Liam McDonald in 5th, Nathan Shade in 7th, Caleb Kemer in 8th, and Ethan Bowman in 10th.
The final regular season race for the teams will be Saturday, October 19 at Millbrook's 3rd Battle Invitational. The Northwestern District Championships will be October 29 at Woodstock.
POSTED OCTOBER 7
On Saturday, the boys' and girls' cross country teams competed in the Buffalo Wild Wings Invitational at Hampshire High School in Romney, WV. Both teams won the respective team titles.
The boys' team had 5 athletes finish in the top 15, earning all-meet honors. They were led by Nathaniel Woshner in 3rd, Nathan Shade in 7th, Chris White in 9th, Liam McDonald in 10th, and Ethan Bowman in 11th.
The girls' team had 4 athletes finish in the top 15. They were led by Elena Farinholt in 3rd, Quetzali Angel-Perez in 5th, Audrey Sandy in 12th, and Isabella Newman in 13th.
In other news, Kenzie Konyar & Lauren Beatty traveled to Cary, NC, to compete at the Great American Cross Country Festival. Lauren finished 56th and Kenzie finished 61st in the Race of Champions, the race division that had 183 of the top athletes and teams in the entire southeast competing.
The teams compete in the City-County meet on Wednesday at Kernstown Battlefield with races starting at 5:30 PM.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 25
The boys' and girls' cross country teams competed against Culpeper, Fauquier, and Sherando on Tuesday evening. James Wood hosted the meet. Both the boys' and girls' teams won their meets.
Top finishers for the boys were Nathaniel Woshner (1st), Chris White (2nd), Liam McDonald (3rd), Nathan Shade (5th), Luke Matthews (7th), Caleb Kemer (8th), and Ethan Bowman (9th).
Top finishers for the girls were Lauren Beatty (1st), Quetzali Angel-Perez (5th), Elena Farinholt (6th), Brooke Sandy (8th), and Audrey Sandy (10th).
The next meet for the team will be next Wednesday at Kettle Run. The Colonels host the Apple Harvest Invitational Middle School Invitational this Saturday with races starting at 9:15 AM.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 23
The boys' and girls' cross country teams competed this past Saturday at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Invitational in Hershey, PA. Both teams went up against the top teams in Pennsylvania, as this was their state championship preview meet.
The girls placed 9th of 47 teams. Kenzie Konyar was the top-placed finisher for the team with a 26th place finish. The boys placed 18th of 51 teams. Nathaniel Woshner was the top-placed finisher for the team with a 49th place finish.
The teams host a district quad match vs. Sherando, Fauquier, and Culpeper on Tuesday with races starting at 5:30 PM.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 19
The boys' and girls' cross country teams competed in a quad meet against Clarke County, Jefferson, and Hampshire High Schools in Berryville, VA. The girls finished 1st in their race, and the boys finished 2nd.
Top 10 finishers for the girls were Lauren Beatty (2nd), Kenzie Konyar (3rd), Elena Farinholt (4th), Quetzali Angel-Perez (5th), Brooke Sandy (9th), and Audrey Sandy (10th). Top 10 finishers for the boys were Nathaniel Woshner (2nd), and Caleb Kemer (10th).
POSTED SEPTEMBER 16
The boys' and girls' cross country teams both competed at the Hood College High School Invitational on Saturday and had impressive team and individual performances.
The girls' varsity team finished 1st of 12 teams. They had 4 athletes finish in the top 15: Kenzie Konyar in 2nd, Lauren Beatty in 3rd, Quetzali Angel-Perez in 7th, and Elena Farinholt in 10th. The girls' JV team also finished 1st of 8 teams. They had 6 athletes finish in the top 15: Faith Stover in 2nd, Kailee Knisley in 6th, Abby Gillum in 10th, Hannah Nelson in 11th, Theresa Davet in 12th, and Kendall Pierce in 13th.
The boys' varsity team finished 2nd of 15 teams. Nathaniel Woshner was the only boy athlete to finish in the top 15, finishing 3rd overall. The boys' JV team also finished 2nd and had 3 athletes finish in the top 15: Nathan Arce in 1st, David Newman in 5th, and Jake Oliver in 9th.
The teams travel to Clarke County for a quad-meet along with Jefferson, WV and Hampshire, WV on Wednesday.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 11
Today's district quad meet at Kettle Run has been postponed due to the projected heat index and has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 2.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 9
The boys' and girls' cross country teams competed on Saturday at the Judges Classic Invitational at the Kernstown Battlefield. The girls took second in both their varsity and JV races, while the boys took fourth in both their varsity and JV races. Notable performances: Kenzie Konyar was 5th and Lauren Beatty was 14th in the girls varsity race. Nathaniel Woshner was 8th in the boys varsity race. Dalton Krossman was 1st in the boys JV race, and Natalie Huntley was 3rd in the girls JV race.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 2
The boys' and girls' cross country teams competed on Saturday in the Central High School Invitational. Both teams finished 2nd out of 24 teams. Notable performances:
In the girls' varsity race, Kenzie Konyar finished 6th, and Lauren Beatty finished 7th.
In the boys' varsity race, Nathaniel Woshner finished 8th.
In the JV girls' race, Natalie Huntley finished 5th, Bianca Linares finished 7th, and Lillian Lovelace finished 10th.
In the JV boys' race, Dalton Krossman finished 1st, Jimmy Burdock finished 3rd, Nathan Arce finished 5th, and David Newman finished 15th.
The Colonels will compete in the Judges Classic at Kernstown Battlefield on Saturday, September 7 with races starting at 9:00 AM.