Silver Knights Ready, Rested For Regional Meet in Grafton
SISTERSVILLE – The Silver Knights’ cross country team is peaking at the right time for the Regional 1 meet on Thursday in Grafton.
Last week, the boys’ and girls’ teams showed their stamina and skill at the LKC Championship in Ritchie County. That day was tough because rainy weather conditions made the 5k course a bit harder to handle, so the times were slower across the board. Realistically, each runner should subtract about a minute give or take from these times due to the difficulty of the terrain. Josh Frum was the only runner to crack the 20-minute barrier with a 37th place finish and a time of 19:50. Creed Ammons finished in 44th place (20:12) followed closely by Trey Keys at 46th place (20:17). Nathan Barker captured 56th place (21:21) a good number for Blackjack. Gavin Corley finished in 58th place (21:29). Each of these runners has recently broken the 20-minute barrier, so they should be in great shape to tackle the Regional meet.
On the girls’ side of the ledger, Jahnvi Duncan impressed with a 6th place finish (22:03). Katie Pratt was close behind with a ninth place finish (22:31); Emma Paden at 37th place (25:54); Taylor Ebert at 62nd place (36:17).
Many area teams from Magnolia to Paden City will be competing Thursday in the sleepy little train town known as Grafton. The course, that is known to have a hill or two, was chosen to better accommodate teams from “that” end of the state who still have a brutal beat-down drive ahead, just not as bad as it could be. Fortunately, the leaves are changing and Grafton offers many scenic views as you pass through the area. Like crossing the state line into West Virginia after a long absence, Grafton has a tendency to baptize a runner’s soul so as to prepare that athlete for the next race – the state meet.
Per the course – instead of having to descend from some weird grave-mound hill or race through some icy creek 150 yards prior to the last straightaway, the path to the finish line is flat and offers visibility on your opponents – unless the course has changed. Per the food after the race, it’s on the outskirts of town, not the downtown core.