The Chesapeake cross country program excelled at the region championship meet at Oak Ridge Park in La Plata on October 31, and both the boys and girls teams qualified to compete at the state championship meet at Hereford High School on November 9. Representing the Chesapeake boys are Hayden Healey, Liam Rhodes, Brennan Penafiel, Malachi Newsome, Jaden St. Pierre, Grayson McMeen and Connor Wolfe. The boys alternates are Jack Truett, Shawn Kopp, Colin Parker, Dylan Leonard and Alex Nave. Healy was Chesapeake’s top finisher at the region meet, placing 11th out of 74 runners. Truett raced in place of the injured Wolfe at regions to help Chesapeake qualify. The girls team of Nia Quinn, Bailey Healy, Bridgette Van Valkenburgh, Holly Boggs, Rachel Snyder, Lainie Mikeska, Lindsey Weisgerber also ran at regions to qualify for states. Quinn was the top Cougar finisher at regions, placing seventh in the 61-runner field. Holly Freeman, Rebecca Parker, Chloe Klein, Darby Trout and Katie Newsome are Chesapeake’s alternates for states.