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Henry Stevens (inset) in competition this season for Galileo Magnet High School / November 12, 2017

Henry Stevens of Alton closed out a stellar career in high school cross country Saturday, taking fourth place in the VHSL state meet for Class 1 schools.

Stevens, senior leader of the cross country team at Galileo Magnet High School in Danville, ran the 3.1 mile championship course at The Plains in a time of 16:44. He led the Falcons to a third-place Class 1 finish in only the fifth year for the program, one of five sports offered at the City of Danville public high school.

Stevens, the son of Nelson and Catherine Stevens, is a two-time All-Metro honoree in cross country for Danville and Pittsylvania County high schools and captured the Region 1B championship this season. He also has placed in the top ten in state competition in all four years of high school since coming over from Halifax County Middle School.

Actively recruited by several colleges, he aims to run cross country competitively at the collegiate level.

“Henry has built a culture of winning at Galileo that, before his arrival, was non-existent among after-school activities,” said Galileo head coach Mark Bryant. “His leadership, work ethic, dedication, and passion for the team is unparalleled.

“He has led by example from day one. Henry has laid the foundation for the program to maintain a high level of achievement and remain a competitive threat at the state level after his career has ended,” Bryant added.

“Make no mistake about it, this was Henry’s team.”

Galileo had a record-setting day at The Plains, with the Falcon boys finishing third in a 12-team Class 1 field, behind only traditional powerhouse Auburn High School and George Wythe High School of Wytheville.

Placing in Saturday’s meet along with Stevens was Galileo sophomore runner Owen Wood of Danville, who finished 11th with a time of 17:24. Two other Galileo boys, Jaden Lamothe and William Jones, finished 40th and 50th with times of 18:36 and 18:51, respectively.

The Class 1 individual title was won by Nolan Harris of Auburn, with a time of 16:03 — the 16th best time among Virginia boys in all classifications.

Two members of the Galileo girls team also competed in the state finals, with Caroline Woods finishing 44th with a personal best time of 23:18, and Angel Lin finishing 68th with a time of 24:46.

Schools in all six VHSL classes competed in the two-day event.

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