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Silver Knights Conquer Cross Country Foes

By Staff | Aug 31, 2016

Silver Knights’ Gavin Corley (left) and Josh Frum (center) keep stride with Kyle Burns (right) of Warren High School. Photo by Lyle Barker

WHEELING – The Silver Knights’ cross country team took a tour down the river on Saturday when they competed at the Elizabeth Broughton Memorial Invitational.

Fourteen teams and nearly 600 high school and middle school athletes took on the course at the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Area near Marietta. For a related story about the meet, see page 11.

“The kids ran well against tough competition under humid conditions,” TCHS Coach Brenna Haggerty said. “I think they were able to adjust to the weather because we train in weather like we had on Saturday.”

TCHS boys finished with almost within eyeshot of another on the 3.1 mile course: Gavin Corley at 47th place (20:50 minutes); Josh Frum at 49th place (20:51); Trey Keys at 60th place (21:31); and Creed Ammons at 62nd place (21:37).

On girls’ side of the ledger, Jahnvi Duncan at 21at place (23:36); Katie Pratt at 51st place (26:44); Emma Paden at 58th place (27:26); and Hannah Jackson 103rd place (32:02).

TCMS boys team and girls teams finished in sixth place.

Spencer Corley led team with a second place finish and time of 11:41 minutes on 3,200 meter course with James Streets at 11th place (13:05); Haygen Baker at 13th place (13:18); Jackson Kibbey at 56th place (14:50); Hadyn Brown at 57th place (14:51); Austin VanCamp at 76th place (15:37); Logan Smith at 88th place (16:20); Connor Bailey at 124th place (19:07); James Cline at 147th place (22:54); Garrett Ammons at 149th place (23:03); David Grimes at 151st place (23:37); and Clinton Conrad at 155th place (26:02).

TCMS girls’ team was led by Abi Thompson at 43rd place (16:28); Emily Ebert at 60th place (16:43); Kelsi Vandruff at 58th place (17:10); Trinity Kanz at 59th place (17:10); Abigail Ebert at 86th place (18:43); Kate Gorrell at 90th place (19:05); Mallory Westbrook at 106th place (20:22); Kashia Brown at 112th place (21:02); Jordan Ebert at 114th place (21:04); MaKayla Haught at 119th place (21:32); Sydney Smith at 122nd place (21:55); and Mackenzie Perine at 136th place (24:06).

The Silver Knights next meet will be Sept. 6 at home Stormin’ the Castle.

On last note, track star Nathan Barker has joined the cross country team. Now a Silver Knights’ sophomore, Barker competed at the state track meet in the 4×110-meter relay hurdles. In June, Barker finished second in his age group with a time of 21:47 at the Paden City Foundation 5K. Also, Barker sharpened his skills during the summer at the Silver Knights’ cross country camp.

The TCHS team is getting stronger. And when looking at the depth of the middle school boys and girls teams, perhaps a powerhouse regional team is in the making in the years ahead.