Locals Run at Cross Country Meet
Teams and individuals hailing from high schools near and far competed in the WVSSAC State Cross Country Championship on Saturday at Cabell Midland High School.
In the class A-AA division, Tyler Consolidated High School and Magnolia sent a trio of runners to the compete against the best runners in the state.
Katie Pratt, a freshman from Tyler Consolidated High School, placed 33rd with a time of more than 21:27 minutes.
“That time is pretty close to her best time this season. She ran hard and had a strong finish,” said Brenna Haggerty, Tyler Consolidated coach. “She was excited about her finish and can’t wait for next season.”
Two girls from Magnolia High School – freshman Bre Barbera and senior Arial Hostuttler – competed for the first time at the state level. Barbera placed 42nd with a time of 21:48 minutes while Hostuttler placed 46th and finished in 22:04 minutes.
Coming off a fourth place finish in the A-AA regional meet last week, Wheeling Central Catholic’s girls team finished 11th overall with 245 points at the state championship.
In the AAA girls’ race, Nicole Ridgely, a sophomore and the sole runner from Wheeling Park High School, finished in 32nd place with a time of 20:34 minutes, according to Jacob Galik, the school’s cross country coach. Official results had not been posted as of press time.
Galik described the Cabell Midland 5k course as very challenging – “more so than you think.” He said it starts out fast when runners speed along a flat field for about a half a mile before climbing hill that gets progressively steeper. But in the end, Ridgely was up to the challenge.
The individual boys’ AAA finalist from the area was Clay Thorn from John Marshall High School who finished in 29th place with a time of 17:05 minutes. The individual A-AA finalists were Conner Calmbacher, a junior, who was the sole Wheeling Central Catholic boy to compete, who finished with in 67th place with a time of 18:29 minutes and Cole Clutter, a senior from Cameron High School, placed 71st with a time of 18:36 minutes.
Galik said the AAA Region 1 is the most competitive in the state because it boasts schools from Monongalia County – University and Morgantown High School – and schools from Preston and Parkersburg, all of which have considerable success at the state level for many years.
Cabell Midland’s boys won the meet with 37 points, followed by University with 47 points, Morgantown with 78 points, Winfield with 138 points and Parkersburg in fifth place with 149 pionts, according to milesplit.com
University’s girls captured the top spot with 47 points, followed by Morgantown with 66 points, Hurricane with 88 points, Cabell Midland with 127 points and Hampshire in fifth place with 134 points, according to milesplit.com
In AA-A action, the top boys’ team was Berkeley Springs with 77 points, Bridgepoint Senior with 79 points, Ritchie County with 82 points, Nicholas County with 155 points and in fifth place, Keyser with 167 points, according to runwv.com
In AA-A girls’ race, Berkeley Springs won with 69 points, Frankfort with 92 points, Philip Barbour with 95 points, Nicholas County with 110 points and in fifth place, East Fairmont with 135 points, according to runwv.com