Reynolds, Hizer and Watson take on state
Three local athletes made great strides in their sport last weekend as Tyler Consolidated’s Amanda Reynolds and Amber Watson, and Paden City’s Kayla Hizer, took part in the West Virginia State Cross Country Championship Meet at Cabell Midland High School on Nov. 1.
The three qualified for the state meet by placing in the top 20 at the Regional meet last week. At the state meet, Reynolds, a freshman at Consolidated, finished in 41st place overall with a time of 22:41.40. Lady Knight Watson, a junior, made her second appearance at the state CC meet, finishing this year in 42nd place overall in the Class A-AA division with a time of 22:45.90. Hizer, a senior representing Paden City High School, placed 46th overall at the state meet with a finishing time of 23:09.60.
“This was a great accomplishment for these two girls, just to make it,” said head cross country coach at Tyler Consolidated, Luke Reynolds. “And the send-off that their school gave them was very nice.
“With the weather conditions, which didn’t suit Amanda’s preference, she didn’t have a great race. That being said, getting there as a freshman is very good, but she knows that she has some unfinished business to take care of the next three years. Amber is just a good, solid athlete. She will show up and do her best every time, being her second trip, I think she was a little less nervous than last year.
“Now, we will take a couple weeks off, then start looking toward track and our next season of cross country. I enjoy every bit of taking these individuals down to the state meet, but I’m ready to take a team down. We have the talent, I just have to get them all to the races.
The overall winner in the class A-AA girls division was Grafton sophomore, Alicia Parsons, who paced the field with a finishing time of 20:09.40.
In the boys class A-AA division, Webster County senior, Brettley Harris took the state champion title with a finishing time of 16:30.66 for the 5K meet.