Magnolia senior James Haught finished in the top-10 individual runners in the Region I-A-AA cross-country meet at Doddridge County Park Oct. 18, qualifying him to move on to the state championships Oct, 30 in Ona, W. Va. (Huntington).
Haught was the only Wetzel County individual to so qualify. No team from Wetzel or Tyler counties qualified for state competition.
The top-10 individual boy and girl runners qualify for the state competition and are, by default, named to the all-region team.
Missing a state trip but making the regional second team were: Christa Harshberger, who finished in 12th place; Ariel Hostuttler, 38th place; freshman Sofia Herrick, 43rd; Rachel Arbogast, 55th place; Shelby Sands, 64th; Katie Ensinger at 70th place; and Emily McIlvain, who finished in the number 86 slot.
Among Magnolia boys, Jacob Pancake claimed the 29th place; David McIlvain, 36th; Kenney Headley, 56th place; Kyle Lancaster, 78th; Oscar Celedon, 80th; and Mikal Raber in 86th place.
Magnolia boys scored 182 team points to finish in ninth place. Paden City didn't have a sufficient number of players to compete in the team division, but it had several first-timers run in the individual division, including Dean Frye, who took 45th place; Kayla Hizer, who placed 39th place in the girls contest; and Mallory Estel, who claimed the 43rd slot.
The Blue Eagles will lose Haught, Headley, Lancaster, and Raber, to graduation this year, while the girls will bid adieu to Harshberger and McIlvain.
Haught will compete at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, in the state championships at Cabell Midland High School. Awards will follow at 11:45 a.m.