Tyler Consolidated High School's Cross Country team sent seven athletes to the regional event in New Martinsville on Oct. 20 to compete with area schools. Ten girls teams competed including: St. Marys, Magnolia, Wirt County, Weir, Oak Glen, Doddridge, Ritchie County and Morgantown Trinity. The St. Marys girls took the class A-AA meet, followed by Oak Glen and Williamstown. The Lady Knights did not fill a complete team, but individuals on the team performed very well against all competitors. As was the norm for the sport this year, the race was ran in rainy, cold and muddy conditions.
Seventy girls began the Regional event with St. Marys' stand out, junior Maggie Drazba setting the pace and taking the eventual win in 19:07. Freshman Marisa Gogan showed best for the Silver and Black Ladies with a 26th place, 23:14 finishing time. Coming in next for Consolidated was Kelly Rice (50th/26:10) followed by Stephanie Wright (67th/31:30) with Rei Yasunaga (69th/32:03) close behind.
Eleven complete boys teams competed at the Regional with the St. Marys team taking first, followed by Doddridge and Ritchie County. St. Marys senior, Charlie Drazba, was the first to cross the finish line in 16:59.57.
Silver Knight sophomore, Dylan Reynolds, placed first for the Knights and ninth overall of the 79 participants with a finishing time of 18:02. The top ten finish qualifies Reynolds for a slot at the state cross country meet on Oct. 29 at Cabell-Midland High School. The Knight sophomore was also named the "performer of the meet", for his outstanding performance at the Regional.
Sophomore Ryan Dalrymple was the next Tyler Consolidated finisher with a time of 20:43 in 44th position, followed closely by freshman Sean Camerlin (57th/22:06).
"We have had a good season," said head coach of the Knight harriers. "I am satisfied that everyone did as well as they could this year. Everyone ran their fastest times at the races we focused on. This season was good for us in that we definitely learned how to run through wet and muddy conditions."
"I am excited that we are sending sophmore Dylan Reynolds to state this year, and with the progress that our underclassmen and junior high runners have been making, I fully expect to be filling a few more roster spots as we progress."