Knight and Wildcat CC teams compete
The Tyler Consolidated and Paden City high and middle school cross country teams both competed at meets last week.
The Silver Knight teams competed at the Wheeling Park Fall Classic in Wheeling on Sept. 13. The high school boys division was first to complete the course with Knight freshman Luke Daugherty finishing first for the Silver Knights and 29th overall in 21:15.54. Kamron Milhoan was next for the Silver, placing 48th in 22:12.39; Eli Henthorn, 58th, 23:35.09; Josh Frum, 71st, 24:20.51; and P.J. Wright finished 77th in 24:49.79.
It was discovered during the boys’ race that a hornets nest was causing problems for the runners, so the race course was changed for the girls competition. The girls race measured 2.5 miles instead of the regular, 5K.
Tyler Consolidated freshman Amanda Reynolds placed second overall at the meet with a time of 15:25.26. Junior Amber Watson placed second for the Lady Knights, and 7th overall in 16:57.13; Marisa Gogan, 29th, 18:36.22; Kaylee Hulin, 50th, 20:31.58; and Megan Sole finished 62nd with a time of 21:58.33.
In the middle school girls division, the young Lady Knights placed fifth overall as a team with the following runners turning in times: Katie Pratt finished first in third place overall with a time of 12:51.24; Abigail Ebert, 21st, 14:52.03; Abigail Thompson, 22nd, 14:46.07; Kelsi Vandruff, 34th in 15:41.27; Emma Paden, 43rd, 16:05.91; Mercedes Florez, 47th, 16:22.06; Megan Vandruff, 48th, 16:27.95; Victoria Hood, 57th, 18:02.07; Jordyn Henthorn, 66th, 20:33.94; and Sylvia Judge, 71st, 22:23.68.
The Tyler Consolidated middle school boys team did very well indeed, bringing home the 2nd place finish with 56 points, just behind Ohio County Middle School with 34 points.
Sixth grader Spencer Corley placed 5th overall with a time of 12:11.93; Creed Ammons, 8th, 12:39.66; Destry Nelson, 10th, 12:50.52; Hadyn Brown, 27th, 14:12.49; Jackson Kibbey, 30th, 14:17.71; and Jason Stanaland, 31st, 14:17.97.
At the Mudhole Invitational in New Martinsville, Paden City’s high school girls team did not have enough team members present to collect team points. Senior Kayla Hizer, however, placed in the top five of the competitors, finishing fourth overall in 21:29.72 of the 42 competitors. Tori Anderson placed 24th overall for the Lady ‘Cats with a time of 24:20.75; Shelby Gatian finished 40th in 28:37.48.
The Lady Bulldogs of Doddridge County took first place in the team competition with a total of 31 overall points. Williamstown placed second with 38; Wirt County had 77 points; and host Magnolia scored 87 on the day.
In the high school boys division, it was Paden City senior Dean Frye placing first for the Wildcats and 14th overall in 18:13.51. Junior Tyler Kiger finished in the 20th slot in 19:14.36; Cade Crislip finished in 20:00.55 in 25th place overall; Wesley Smith, 26th, 20:01.02; Kristopher Byers, 35th, 21:42.61; Travis Leonard, 44th, 24:11.65; Marcus Allen, 46th, 24:36.55.
The Ritchie County boys team took first place in the team race for points with 38. Wirt County placed second with 50 points; Williamstown, 67; Doddridge, 73; Paden City placed fifth overall with 118 points; and host team, Magnolia, placed sixth with 161 points.
In the Middle School girls’ division of the race, Paden City’s Arissa Kline placed 32nd overall in 16:29.39; Paige Leonard placed 41st in 21:00.95.
Paden City’s Middle School boys were paced by Nathan Barker who placed 11th overall in 13:25.56; Jacob Amos finished in 27th place with a time of 14:58.32.
Paden City and Tyler Consolidated’s cross country teams competed at the Doddridge Invitational on Sept. 16 and are scheduled to participate at the John Marshall Invitational on Sept. 27.