The wolves did all the howling. The humans did all the huffing and puffing.
George Tolton, a 19-year-old from Abingdon, proved the alpha male of the race. He completed the grueling 7-mile trail course first overall with a 43:56.
“I took it out pretty hard. My plan was just to stay with the leaders. I just felt like I went a little harder at the beginning before that big hill,” said Tolton, who made the Virginia Tech cross country team practice squad as a freshman walk-on but got cut. He intends to try out again this year.
Tolton was like most of the hard-core runners who comprised Tuesday’s field in that he also competed in Saturday’s Crazy 8s. He finished that 8K road race with a highly respectable 32nd overall timed at 27:19.
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