Corley Strong In Return From Injury
With the weather wet and cool the Tyler Consolidated and Paden City cross country teams made their way south for the annual Chik-Fil-A Classic in Mineral Wells, W.Va. on Saturday, Sept. 8. The Knights got a boost when star sophomore distant runner Spencer Corley, who suffered a nasty ankle and foot injury a few weeks back, made a dramatic return in the event which features by far many of the finest runners in the state. With more than 200 runners from all over the state, Corley showed he is near the top of the elite.
Some supposed he would be lost for the season; others speculated he would not be back for several weeks. Just as he has made a believer out of this writer, I believe he more importantly believes in himself. That is something that separates the best from the rest. Confidence in what you can do, even under adverse circumstances. The will to do it sets you apart from many others.
Cross country running requires vast amounts of physical training. Distance running is one of the toughest sports in the world. Missing just a few days can be a major setback. Missing a few weeks can be a disaster to your success. That is why I am saying Tyler Consolidated has a real athlete in Spencer Corley. One who has trained, not only his body, but his mind as well. He has set goals, and I believe from everything I’ve seen, he is going to accomplish them.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, in his first event since his injury, he finished in the top 16 of all runners in various school classes with a sparkling time of 17:34.
Once Corley is completely healthy and gains what he may have lost during his time off of training, he may be at or near the top during each meet. At least he will be pushing the lead person.
One old time runner told me the other day, “You can be the best you want to be, but you can only win when you want to win.” I asked what happens when you do both! He replied, “You become a champion.”
Looks like that’s where Corley’s headed. Keep your eyes open, you might miss him, literally.
Knights Storm The Castle
Tyler Consolidated hosted its 2018 Stormin’ the Castle cross country run on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Silver Knights field. With the temperature hovering around 95 and the heat index over 100, nine teams and more than 150 middle and high school runners braved the course.
There was plenty of water available for the athletes, and the course even had a sprinkler set up to cool down the runners at the top of the hill. Running in high temps can easily cause heat-related problems, but according to meet officials, there were only a couple small incidents.
Doddridge County won the high school boys portion of the meet, and Ritchie County won the girls. Placing for Tyler Consolidated’s boys was sophomore James Streets with a ninth place 21:37.91 time, followed by teammate Trey Keys with a tenth spot, 21:41.58. Freshman Haygen Baker was the next Silver Knight across the line with a 19th place 23:11.97. Junior runner Creed Ammons came in 23rd for the Knights with a 23:24 effort, and sophomore Hadyn Brown was 34th with a 25:37.33. The Silver Knights finished in third place behind Doddridge and Ritchie.
Paden City had five runners place with senior Kyle Carpenter crossing the line in 28:01.24 for 43rd place overall. Freshman Tobin McEldowney came in at 28:57.17; Jacob Amos, a junior, finished with a 31:39.52. Freshman Brandon Hizer ended with a 34:00.96, and junior Paxton Pierce finished 37:18.04. The Wildcats finished in sixth place.
In the girls division, the Silver Knights used eight runners to pick up the third place finish. Emma Paden was the first Knight to cross the finish line as the junior ran a 31:58.04 for 19th place. She was followed by freshman Kate Gorrell, who ran a 33:29.03 for 21st and sophomore Abigail Ebert with a 33:31.69 for 21st.
MaKayla Haught, another freshman runner for the young Knights, crossed in 34:58.68 for 26th place; right behind her in 27th place was sophomore MacKensie Perine with a 35:10.56. Sophomore Hayley Cremora finished 31st with a time of 36:08.14. Senior Taylor Ebert got 34th with a 38:16.16, and sophomore Sydney Smith came in at 44:46.44.
Paden City had three senior girls running. Arissa Kline edged out Paige Leonard with a 43:00. 23, while Leanord got a 43:00.64. Hannah Loy got the next spot as they all came in together. Loy’s time was 43:01.09.