Cross country teams ‘storm the castle’
The local high and middle school cross country teams have kept their paces solid thus far in the season, getting in at least one meet per week. This past week, the Tyler Consolidated and Paden City High School and Middle School teams participated in two meets.
Tyler Consolidated’s varsity and middle school cross country program hosted their annual “Stormin’ the Castle” Invitational meet on Sept. 2. The meet was very well attended by several local schools and more than 125 athletes.
The course offers everything from hills to flat land running and winds over and through the grounds at Tyler Consolidated.
The Lady Knights did very well at their own meet, placing two runners in the top 10 with freshman Amanda Reynolds taking second overall and junior Amber Watson placing fourth of the 51 participants.
Individually, Liberty’s Hannah Ramirez took first place at the competition in 23:08.46 with Reynolds placing a close second in 23:46.36 and Watson securing fourth place with a time of 25:23.22.
Senior Lady Knight, Marisa Gogan completed the 5K in 28:37.90 in 26th place, followed by team mates Kaylee Hulin, 36th, 31:50.75 and Megan Sole, 37th, in 31:50.99.
The Lady Wildcats representing Paden City High School also fared very well at the meet, though they were just one member short of a complete team.
Senior Kayla Hizer finished first for the ‘Cats and third place overall at the event with a finishing time of 25:03.64; Tori Anderson crossed the finish line in 28:08.93 in 21st position; Shelby Gatian finished 43rd in 34:54.08; and Chelsea Dennis finished 48th in 40:22.51.
The Lady Bulldogs of Doddridge High School took first place overall as a team of the seven complete teams there, finishing with 55 points. The Lady Knights performed very well, placing second overall with 87 points, followed closely by Magnolia with 88. Ritchie County placed fourth overall, scoring 91 points; Liberty had 98 points; Linsly, 109; and John Marshall, 131.
In the high school boys division, the Ritchie County Rebels placed first overall of the seven complete teams competing, scoring 30 points. John Marshall placed second with 93 points; Doddridge, 103; Liberty, 106; Linsly, 107; Paden City, 109; and Cameron, 132 points.
Ritchie County’s Daniel Cooper took first in this event with a time of 18:59.79.
Paden City senior Dean Frye placed in the top 10, finishing ninth overall in 20:53.41. Also earning team points for the Wildcats were: junior Tyler Kiger, who placed 22nd overall in 22:44.12; Wesley Smith, 26th, 22:52.57; Hayden Hizer, 27th, 23:05.83; Kris Byers, 24:46.81; and Marcus Allen, 58th in 29:37.60.
For Tyler Consolidated, freshman Luke Daugherty broke into the top 20 with a 17th place finish in 22:28.86 of the 66 participants. Freshman Eli Henthorn finished 35th in 24:13.37; Kamron Milhoan, 40th, 25:05.80; and Josh Frum finished in 49th place with a time of 27:00.17.
The middle school division was very well attended with six area schools participating. The young runners of Doddridge County placed first overall in the girls’ division at the 3K meet, finishing with 38 team points to lead the way. Ritchie County placed second with 67 points; Tyler Consolidated’s young Lady Knights took third place with a score of 70; Ravenswood, 78 points; Sherrard, 126 points; and Moundsville Middle school, 141 points.
Eighth grader Katie Pratt finished first for Consolidated and third overall in 14:10.66. Hannah Jackson placed 10th overall and second for the team with a time of 15:09.79; Abigail Thompson, 12th, 15:30.06; Abigail Ebert, 16:44.71; Emma Paden, 29th, 17:14.43; Kelsi Vandruff, 31st, 17:22.62; Megan Vandruff, 38th, 18:04.14; Victoria Hood, 58th, 21:57.49; and Jordyn Henthorn placed 61st in 22:18.74.
Representing Paden City, eighth grader Arissa Kline placed 39th overall in 18:09.17; and Paige Leonard finished 56th in 21:37.43.
Seventy-three runners took part in the middle school boys division, with the Ravenwood team placing first overall with 30 points. Ritchie County placed second with 42, followed by Doddridge, 94; Tyler Consolidated in fourth with 99 points; Clay-Battelle, 137; Cameron, 147; Moundsville, 152; and Sherrard, 217 points.
Sixth grader Spencer Corley led the way for the young Silver Knights at the meet, placing sixth overall and first for his team with a time of 12:44.50. Creed Ammons finished in 13:39.30 in 13th place; Destry Nelson, 14:08.45, 16th; Hadyn Brown, 15:04.67, 32nd; Jackson Kibbey, 15:37.54, 37th; Michael Suter, 18:35.59, 62nd; and Logan Jackson, 23:40.14, 71st.
Paden City eighth grader, Nathan Barker, finished 22nd overall and first for the Wildcats in 14:32.36 and Jacob Amos placed 39th in 16:00.98.
The local cross country teams also participated in the large “Chick-Fil-A” Invitational held in Mineral Wells on Sept. 6, with some of the top athletes and teams in the tri-state area.
In the girls class A-AA division, Tyler Consolidated’s Amanda Reynolds placed first for the Lady Knights in 21:10.2 and in seventh place overall among the 141 finishers. Watson placed 18th overall in 22:30; with teammates Marisa Gogan placing 60th in 25:04; Kaylee Hulin, 107th in 29:07; and Sole in 110th in 29:18.
The Lady Knights placed eighth overall as a team among the 18 complete teams participating. Reed Eastern High School took top team honors at the meet with 63 overall points. Caldwell’s Katie Salings finished first with a time of 19:56.5.
The Lady Wildcats were paced by Kayla Hizer in 22:45, finishing 24th overall. Tori Anderson placed 70th in 26:05; Shelby Gatain, 124th, 31:59; and Chelsea Dennis, 135th place in 34:47.
In the boys’ division in the class A-AA competition, Hayden Harrison of Buffalo finished the 5K race in 16:22.8 of the 179 athletes competing.
Locally, Paden City’s Dean Frye finished first and in 32nd place overall with a time of 18:45. Tyler Kiger placed 80th overall in 20:31; Cade Crislip, 96th, 20:50; Hayden Hizer, 101st, 21:00; Kristopher Byers, 112th, 21:26; Wesley Smith, 122nd, 21:46; and Travis Leonard, 143rd in 23:19.
Twenty-one complete boys teams competed on the day with Webster County taking first place overall with 119 points. Paden City’s team finished 15th.
For Tyler Consolidated, Daugherty finished 81st overall in 20:31; followed by Eli Henthorn, 127th, 21:53; Josh Frum, 139th, 22:57; and Kamron Milhoan, 141st in 23:11.
At the middle school level, Tyler Consolidated’s ladies finished 13th of the 25 complete teams competing. Katie Pratt finished first for Silver and Black in 21st position overall of the 201 runners in the race with a time of 11:57. Also finishing competition for the Lady Knights were: Abigail Thompson, 78th, 13:33; Mercedes Florez, 104th, 14:11; Hannah Jackson, 110th, 14:18; Abigail Ebert, 112th, 14:21; Kelsi Vandruff, 115th, 14:27; and Emma Paden, 124th, 14:34.
Paden City Middle School’s Arissa Kline finished 152nd overall in 15:31 for the young Lady ‘Cats and Paige Leonard completed the 3K in 184th position in 17:56.
Twenty-two complete teams competed in the middle school boys division at the meet with the Tyler Consolidated lads turning in a good performance and placing 12th overall.
Sixth grader Spencer Corley paced the Knights on the day, finishing first for the team and 42nd overall in 11:21 of the 178 competitors at the meet. Creed Ammons placed second for the team and 55th overall in 11:35; Destry Nelson, 76th, in 12:01; Michael Suter, 113th, 12:49; Hadyn Brown, 123rd in 13:13; Jackson Kibbey, 145th, 14:00; and Logan Jackson, 177th in 21:07.
Paden City’s Nathan Barker placed 102nd overall with a time of 12:28 followed by teammate, Jacob Amos in 109th at 12:37.
Paden City’s cross country teams are scheduled to participate at the Magnolia Mudhole Invitational on Sept. 13 in New Martinsville and at the Doddridge Invitational on Sept. 16.
Tyler Consolidated’s cross country teams will compete at the Wheeling Park Fall Classic on Sept. 13 and at the Doddridge County Invitational on Sept. 16.