Fortner makes statement with runaway win in Metro X-Country

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Cave Spring's Katie Fortner breaks the tape with a time of 18:36.48 to win her second consecutive Metro Championship cross-country meet at Green Hill Park.
Cave Spring’s Katie Fortner breaks the tape with a time of 18:36.48 to win her second consecutive Metro Championship cross-country meet at Green Hill Park.

Cave Spring’s Katie Fortner gave notice in last week’s Metro Championship cross-country meet.

    The Knight junior toured the 5K course at Green Hill Park in Salem with a time of 18:36.48 to capture her second straight girls Metro title.

    Fortner broke the tape over 43 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Bonnie Angermeier of Blacksburg. Patrick Henry’s Alina Woodford took third with a time of 19:24.40, with Darby McPhail of William Byrd finishing fifth.

    In the girls team top-5, Cave Spring took third, with Patrick Henry fourth and Byrd fifth.

    In the boys team top-5 results, Patrick Henry took second. Cave Spring came in third, with William Byrd finishing fourth.

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