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Tyler Consolidated Cross Country teams compete in two CC meets

By Staff | Oct 21, 2009

Tyler Consolidated’s Cross Country teams are going big places and doing big things this season. Last week the teams competed at two meets, consistently lowering their times as the season has continued.

The Little Kanawha Conference High School Cross County meet was held on Oct. 15 at the Doddridge County Park with both girls and boys teams competing.

Sixty boys competed in the boys varsity 5K run with Consolidated senior, Aaron Estep, placing fifth overall in 18:38. The high placement gave Estep a well-deserved spot on the First Team LKC.

Ravenswood junior, Matt Knowlton, finished first in the race with a time of 17:40.97.

Silver Knight junior , B.J. Eastham, finished strong with a very respectable time of 22:56 in 43rd place. Freshman Devon Thompson shaved almost two minutes off his previous time on this course coming in at 25:35.

With 59 competitors in the girls race, Lady Knight Jennifer Yost finished in 29th place with a time of 25:13, knocking off over two minutes from her previous time on this same course.

Senior Chelsea Wells was the second Knight to cross the line in 42nd place with a time of 27:07. She also took over one-and-a-half minutes off her previous time. Freshman Lauren Seckman came over the line in 44th position with her time of 27:44. Junior Emily Wells took more than two minutes off her time coming in at 30:31, andJunior Ashley Pfohl shaved over three-and-a-half minutes from her previous time at Doddridge County coming in at 31:05.

The Consolidated Middle School and High School Cross Country teams traveled to Cameron on Saturday to compete in the popular Wild and Wet Invitational.

The Wild and Wet meet is so named because of the four water crossings and several log jumps across the course as well as the old logging road the course goes along. There are about two miles of flat area with a grass surface and another mile or so through the woods.

It is a popular course with cross country fans as it is very spectator friendly with at least two miles of the race visible from one standing point.

“With the temperature in the 30’s, the athletes had to make their way through numerous creek crossings, with one being almost chest deep,” said head coach Jan Wells.

The middle school boys race had 77 participants. Dylan Reynolds was the first Knight swimming to the finish with a time of 12:25 finishing in sixth place overall. Ryan Dalrymple survived the crossing and came in at 14:52 in 35th place. Austin VanDine finished in 69th place with his time of 17:38.

With 47 competitors in the girls high school race, Jennifer Yost ended up going completely under in the deep water, but still managed to be the first Knight to finish in 20th place with a time of 28:12; Chelsea Wellswas ableto cross the water and finish in 24th place with a time of 29:35. Emily Wells stopped the clock at 33:31 in 32nd place and Ashley Pfohl was in 45th place coming in at 36:50.

Fifty-four athletes participated in the boys high school race at Cameron, Devon Thompson was the lone Knight in the starting box and finished the course in 27:48 in 34th place.

The high school teams will travel to Doddridge County Park on Thursday to compete in the Regional competition with hopes of making the state meet.