On Saturday Tyler Consolidated's High School and Middle School cross country teams participated in the 24th Annual Autumn Classic Cross Country meet hosted by St. Marys High School and ran on the grounds at the Mid Ohio Valley Technical Institute.
Twenty complete high school girls teams participated at the meet with the top honors going to the ladies from Hampshire County. The overall individual winner of the girls race was St. Marys High School's Maggie Drazba who completed the course in 19:13. 127 girls finished the race.
Freshman Marisa Gogan finished first for the Lady Knights in 54th position with a time of 25:43; sophomore Kelly Rice finished 83rd in 28:29; junior Lauren Seckman, 114th in 33:25; and freshman Stephanie Wright, 122nd in 34:20.
In the high school boys competition, 23 teams competed with first place secured by the boys of Fairmont Senior. Nick Trefz was the overall winner turning in a performance of 16:55 of the 175 participants at the event.
Sophomore Ryan Dalrymple finished first for the Knights in 69th position with a time of 21:06; freshman Sean Camerlin placed 125th in 23:47; and junior Devon Thompson placed 158th with a time of 25:44.
"All things considered, it was a good showing for all our high school runners, with the veterans showing improvements on previous years times," said head coach of the cross country teams, Luke Reynolds.
In the full field of Middle School girls competing, the girls team from Tyler Consolidated showed well, placing sixth overall at the huge event of the 13 complete teams. Taylor County Middle School placed first with 18 points followed by Doddridge with 88, Mountaineer Middle, 103, Ohio County Middle, 120; Sherrard Middle, 126; Tyler, 146; Ritchie County Middle, 159; Pleasants County Middle, 190; and Cameron Middle, 227.
Of the 116 athletes participating, Amanda Reynolds finished first for the young Lady Knights and 12th place overall with a time of 13:33. Eighth grader Alexis Chambers finished 29th in 14:44; Amber Watson, 33rd in 14:55; Belle Camerlin, 45th in 15:14; Julianna Miller, 59th in 15:58; Kaylee Hulin, 63rd in 16:14; Becky Bolin, 74th in 16:49; Megan Sole, 80th, 17:01.5; Joralda Rice, 92nd, 18:13.7; Cosette Bantug, 104th, 19:24.8; Vanessa Templeton, 112th, 21:42.1; Kellsi Anderson, 113th, 21:54.6; and Mira Eller, 114th, 22:00.4.
Tyler Consolidated Middle School boys team also fielded a full team at the event . Ravenswood Middle School took the top spot among teams with 80 points followed by Ohio County Middle with 99; Doddridge, 103; Mountaineer Middle, 105; Ritchie County, 127; Pleasants County Middle, 131; Sherrard Middle, 132; Taylor County Middle, 177; Cameron Middle, 180; and Tyler Consolidated Middle School, 250.
109 boys completed the race along with the following Silver Knight finishers: Adam Cooper finished first for the young Knights with a time of 13:52 in 41st place overall; Evan Shreve, 50th, in 14:11; Creed Eller, 63rd, in 15:02; Josh Frum, 64th in 15:06; Zachary Judge, 76th in 16:08; Kamryn Milhoan, 88th in 17:34; Aaron Warner, 89th, 17:47; Eli Henthorn, 91st, 17:55.1; and Patrick Wright, 96th, 18:08.7.
The Knight cross country teams will host their own Invitational meet on Sept. 6 at the high/middle school. The "Stormin' the Castle" Invitational course will wind through the forest and woodlands around the school. The first race will begin at 4:30 p.m.
The team will also be competing in the annual Chik-Fil-A Invitational meet in Mineral Wells on Sept. 10.