Knights ‘Storm the Castle’
With the coming of colder weather, the running season is quickly coming to an end, with more than one meet scheduled per week for cross country athletes. The cross country high school and middle school teams at Tyler Consolidated are no different, and find themselves participating in several area meets.
Last week, the Consolidated cross country program hosted the second annual “Stormin’ the Castle” meet on Sept. 28 on a trail which wound through the woodlands behind the school. Though the rainy weather caused a last minute change of the race course, 128 athletes from nine middle and high schools completed the tough track.
In the first race of the evening, three teams of 39 middle school girls competed with Cameron Middle School’s Kaitlyn McCurdy finishing first overall with a time of 14:32. Linsly’s Carleigh West placed a close second at 14:39. Three seconds, later, came the first Lady Knight finisher of the day, Amanda Reynolds, in 14:42, for a top three finish. The next five spots were Knight teammates: Alexis Chambers (4/15:03), McKenzie Bradfield (5/15:08), Amber Watson (6/15:23), Belle Camerlin (7/15:31), and Becky Bolin (8/15:32). Juliana Miller(11/15:52) was the next local arrival, followed closely by Kaylee Hulin (13/16:06) and Megan Sole (15/16:34).
Finishing off the Tyler Consolidated middle school girls participants were Joralda Rice( 30/19:10), Cosette Bantug (34/19:46), Kellsi Anderson (37/21:17), Vanessa Templeton (38/21:39), and Mira Eller (39/22:22). The young Lady Knights scored first place out of the three competing teams.
Thirty four middle school boys ran in the second race of the day, with the Consolidated team finishing second out of the four teams competiting. Winning the race was Cameron’s Ryan Clutter with a time of 12:39, with second taken by his brother Cole in 12:55.
Evan Shreve was the first Knight to cross the finish the race for the home team in fourth place with a 14:00 finish. Turning in good times, Shreve was followed across the finish line by Adam Cooper (7/14:19), Eli Henthorn( 15/15:20), Creed Eller (17/15:37), and Josh Frum (18/15:49).
Finishing the muddy course was a close group of remaining Knights, Zach Judge (19/16:14), Justin Brinkmeier (20/16:40), Kamron Milhoan (23/16:50), P.J. Wright (24/16:55), and Aaron Warner (26/17:25).
The high school girls were next up, with six teams supplying the 33 competitors. The Cameron High duo of Sarah Smith and Rena set a good pace and finished 1-2 in the times of 24:31 and 24:37 respectfully. Lady Knight Marisa Gogan (4/27:24) showed for Consolidated, with Kelly Rice (10/29:20) also running into the medaling group. Lauren Seckman (21/33:11) was next for the Silver and Black, followed by Stephanie Wright (25/36:22) and Rei Yasunaga (28/36:49).
The last runners of the evening were the 22 high school boys. Six schools were represented but only two fulls teams were present. The Knights’ own Dylan Reynolds led the race from the gun and finished with a 50 second lead over second place, Linsly’s Adam Uraco with a time of 20:29. Also medaling for the home team were Ryan Dalrymple (5/22:21), and Sean Camerlin (7/23:00), with Devon Thompson (18/26:08) turning in a good time for the Knights.
On Saturday the Silver Knight cross Coutry team made the trip to North Bend State Park in Harrisville to participate in the Ritchie County/WV Insurance Invitational.
The Tyler Consolidated middle school girls ran in a field of 70 runners, and pushed forward for an overall second place team finish of seven teams. Amber Watson (9/13:44), and Alexis Chambers (10/13:45) finished in the medal spots for the Silver at the meet. Kaylee Hulin(26/14:44), Amanda Reynolds (29/15:01), and McKenzie Bradfield(36/15:21) rounded out the second place scorers. Belle Camerlin (38/15:24), Juliana Miller (39/15:26), Becky Bolin (43/15:54), and Megan Sole (46/16:15) all finished close together. Joralda Rice (56/17:33), Cosette Bantug (60/18:19), Mira Eller (63/19:20), Vanessa Templeton (66/20:01), and Kellsi Anderson (67/20:30) finished out the visiting Knights performances.
Sixty three middle school boys toed the start, with the Silver Knight team finishing seventh out of seven teams. Evan Shreve (21/12:50) showed best for the Knights, followed shortly by Adam Cooper (40/14:03), Eli Henthorn (45/14:34), Creed Eller (47/14:42), Josh Frum (48/14:56). Coming in next for Consolidated were Aaron Warner (52/15:55), P.J. Wright (54/15:59), Justin Brinkmeier (55/16:06), Kamron Milhoan (60/17:13), and Zach Judge (61/17:17).
In the girls’ high school event, the Silver Lady harriers finished 12th of 13 total teams. Marisa Gogan (46/24:17) was the first Knight to cross the finish line followed by Kelly Rice (69/25:53), Lauren Seckman (99/30:53), Rei Yasunaga (107/33:19), and Stephanie Wright (108/34:46).
The final run for the Silver Knights was in the high school boys competition, as 109 competitors vied for the lead. Snagging a medal for the boys was sophomore Dylan Reynolds (13/18:18). Turning in their best times of the year for Consolidated was Ryan Dalrymple (56/20:28), Sean Camerlin (86/22:12), and Devon Thompson (92/22:46).
This week is a busy one again for the cross country teams. On Tuesday, the middle school traveled to Doddridge again to compete in the LKC Middle School Championships and then both schools travel to Meadowbrook High School to run in the OVAC Championships and the OH/WV Middle School Championship.
The middle school travels to Doddridge for an invitational race on Oct. 13.