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Tyler Middle Captures Second Place at Annual Autumn Classic

By Staff | Aug 24, 2016

SAINT MARYS Less than a second separated two rivals who beat back the hills to finish strong at Saturday’s Autumn Classic cross country meet at Saint Marys.

Tyler Consolidated Middle School’s Spencer Corley captured second place honors, but he made the top finisher bleed to do it to paraphrase distance legend Steve Prefontaine. Doddridge County Middle School’s Carter Lipscomb won the 1.5 mile race with a time of 10:53.7 seconds. Less than stride behind Lipscomb was Corley at 10:54 minutes about 300th of second separated the two boys.

“It was a challenging course,” Corley said. “I especially enjoyed running through the golf course.”

Don’t worry Corley, you’ll get a rematch against Lipscomb on Sept. 6 at home for Stormin’ the Castle Invitational.

The Silver Knights boys’ team finished strong second place at the season opener followed by Doddridge County. Ritchie County Middle School won the meet.

The girls’ team finished in ninth place.

“I was very proud of the middle school teams,” TCHS Coach Brenna Haggerty said. “The girl’s team is very young and all the girls ran hard and were competitive. The middle school boys team has more experience. We had everyone returning except one from last year. The boys’ second place finish was impressive, we have never placed in this meet as a team before.

This is a first for our school. We had Spencer Corley finish 2nd, Haygen Baker in 10th, James Streets in 12th, and Jackson Kibbey finished 20th. They finished with four in the top twenty at a highly competitive meet.”

With these kinds of results, the Silver Knights appear poised to establish dominance in the region. The top five boys were Haygen Baker at 10th place/12:32 minutes; James Streets at 12 place/12:45 minutes; Jackson Kibbey at 19th place/13:10 seconds; Hadyn Brown at 30th place/13:41 minutes; Austin VanCamp at 43rd place/14:25 minutes and Logan Smith at 47th place/14:50 minutes.

The top finishers for the girls’ team were Kelsi Vandruff at 19th place/14:48 minutes; Abi Thompson at 37th place/15:41 minutes; Abigail Ebert at 42nd place/15:57 minutes; Emily Ebert at 50th place/16:29 minutes; Trinity Kanz at 56th place/16:51 minutes; Kate Gorrell at 58th place/17:07 minutes; and Jordan Ebert at 60th place/17:14 minutes.

Honorable mention goes to Paden City’s sole runner (love the pun) Brandon Hizer who posted an 82nd place finish/17:22 seconds. Also to Wildcats Brandis Dalrymple at 55th place/16:49 minutes and Julianne Hood at 65th place/17:37 minutes.

The Silver Knights’ next meet will be Saturday at the Elizabeth Broughton Memorial Invitational in Marietta. Last year Corley placed 4th in Marietta. He hopes to move up in ranking this year and maybe set some more records.

“I am looking forward to running next weekend in Marietta,” he said. “I hope the course is the same as it was last year. The hill at the start of the race is my favorite part.”