Knights Outpace Competition
By MILES LAYTON
And CODY TOMER
WHEELING – The Silver Knights paced themselves to a solid fifth place finish Saturday at the Wheeling Park Fall Classic Cross Country meet.
TCHS runners finished almost together like a wolf pack racing across the glen. Gavin Corley finished in 43rd place with a time of 20:31 minutes, followed by teammate Josh Frum in 46th place (20:46); Creed Ammons in 48th place (20:51); Nathan Barker at 55th place (21:14); and Trey Keys in 60th place (21:31).
“Everybody on our team had a great race Saturday,” Frum said. “We all finished within almost exactly a minute of one another, all of our runners pushing each other.”
Frum offered high praise to Barker, a formidable runner who recently joined this legion of racers.
“I saw huge improvement from Nate,” he said. “After rejoining the team late, he’s definitely starting to get back in last years form.”
A distance runner for the Silver Knights’ track team, this is Corley’s first year running cross country.
“I’ve put in a lot of quality miles this season and I feel they are paying off,” he said. “Each time I compete, I feel stronger and stronger. Cross county is a tough sport, but I’m up to the challenge.”
On the girls’ side of the ledger, Jahnvi Duncan finished in 19th place (23:37); Katie Pratt at 29th place (25:11); Emma Paden at 36th place (26:17); and Taylor Ebert at 67th place (40:05).
“I thought we as a team did really good girls and boys both High school and Middle school going against triple A schools was a challenge, but I liked the change and the course was pretty fast I liked it a lot it had a lot of the terrain that we used to and we took that to our advantage,” Duncan said.
Wheeling Park’s Corbin Rutan and Beighley Ayers each delivered individual wins in they boys’ and girls’ competitions.
Rutan finished the course in 17:33 to lead the pack of 132 runners, two seconds ahead of runner-up John Gullion of Morgantown.
The Park boys earned runner-up honors as a team with 57 points with Morgantown taking the top spot with a score of 22.
Morgantown had three top-five finishes by Gullion, Kevin Donnelly in a time of 17:38 and Andrew Christy at a pace of 17:52. Ward Ries earned the fifth spot from Preston High with a time of 17:53.
The Patriots top-five finishers on their home course were Ronnie Saunders (18:08) with an eight-place result, while Zack Klimas (18:44), William Sellers (18:47) and Jarred Beihl (18:52) collected positions 15-17.
Preston came in third-place with 83 points, Linsly finished fourth with a 144 count and Tyler Consolidated finished fifth with 181 points.
Linsly’s Andrew Weiss (18:40) finished 12th, John Marshall’s Anthony Siler (18:42) earned 13th, Matthew Harvey (19:24) of Brooke secured 20th and Wheeling Central’s Quintin Thomas (19:24) delivered a 21st-place performance.
The Park girls also produced a solid performance led by junior speedster Ayers, who completed the course in 20:49, well-ahead of runner-up Avigail Radabaugh (21:10) of Morgantown.
Park’s Isabella DiSaia (21:16) turned in a third-place finish to help the Patriots earn a third-place team finish in the girls’ contest.
The Mohigans picked up the win in the girls’ event as well with 25 points, making it a clean sweep of the day. Preston delivered a runner-up performance with 56 points and Park rounding out the top-three by garnering 61 points. Linsly finished fourth with 118 tallies and Oak Glen was fifth with 125 marks.
The Patriots also had a 20th-place finish from Nicole Ridgely (23:48) and a 22nd spot from Kerrigan Wagner (24:05).
Linsly’s Maddie Campsey paced the Cadets with 12th-place result, while teammate Mackenzie Courtney (24:05) placed 23rd.
In Middle School cross country action, Silver Knights’ claimed second place honors among a crowded field. TCHS star pacer for the 3K dash, Spencer Corley, finished in second place (11:47); James Streets at fifth place (13:02); Haygen Baker at ninth place (13:24); Haydn Brown at 14th place (13:50); Kibbey Jackson at 27th place (14:31) to round out the top five runners.
TCMS girls’ team captured fourth place with Abbi Thompson at 20th place (15:51); Emily Ebert at 29th place (16:24); Abigail Ebert at 34th place (16:34); Jordan Ebert at 45th place (17:07); Kashia Brown at 54th place (17:44) to round out the top five.