Runners thankful for Shenandoah XC league

WINCHESTER — In an ideal world, Kenzie Konyar would be living in Washington, D.C., right now and would have a couple of meets under her belt as a freshman member of the George Washington University women’s cross country team.

However, the world hasn’t been remotely close to ideal for nearly seven months. So while the 2020 James Wood High School graduate found her run on Friday to be a challenge, she savored every second of it.

The Shenandoah Valley Cross Country League kicked off its inaugural five-race series on Friday with 200 people completing 5K (3.1 miles) at Kernstown Battlefield.

It was the competitive fix for which people like Konyar had been hungering. A four-time all-state cross country performer, Konyar had her high school senior outdoor track & field season wiped out by COVID-19 concerns, and George Washington is not allowing the majority of its students on campus right now for the same reason. No sports are taking place at George Washington this fall.

“This is my first actual race since indoor states [for track on March 3 The next race in the series is scheduled for Oct. 9.

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