Asa Fletcher (left) and Jordan Vogltanz take one final photo on the cross country course at Green Hill Park in Salem. Fletcher finished ninth in the boys’ race while Vogltanz was 19th in the girls’ race.

“Outwork Others.” That was the phrase on the sweatshirts of Dan River freshman Asa Fletcher and senior Jordan Vogltanz postrace.

The Wildcat duo lived up to that mantra and more as they closed out their first season of cross country by finishing in the top 20 in the state at Class 2. Fletcher brought home a medal as he was ninth out of a field of 67 runners, becoming the first Wildcat to medal at states since Cameron Lee placed 12th back in November 2016.

Vogltanz became just the second Lady Wildcat to run at state in nearly a decade, with Meagan Collins last reaching states in 2013.

Asa Fletcher surged over the final stretch of the race, as the freshman harrier moved from 13th up to ninth place as he crossed the finish line in a personal best time of 17:50. The ninth place finish earned Fletcher Second Team All-State honors in Fletcher also was the top finisher in the freshman class for Group 2A.

Jordan Vogltanz, running in her first and only state meet, completed the 5K course in a time of 22:30, placing her 19th out of 63 runners. Vogltanz was the lone Dogwood District runner in the field and her 19th place finish put her sixth in the senior class at 2A.

Region 2C proved to be the dominant region in Class 2 as both individual and team state champions came from that area. Radford’s William Hartig was the boys’ individual champion, winning in a time of 16:27. Alleghany’s boys won their school first ever state championship, beating state runner-up Radford 42 to 55 after edging them via a tiebreak at regionals

 Glenvar junior Carly Wilkes took home the Class 2 girls state title, winning by 63 seconds and crossing the line with an incredible time of 18:13. Radford repeated as the girls’ state team champions, winning the title with 52 points while Alleghany’s girls scored 60 to finish as state runner-ups.

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