Corley Second At JM Invite
With 21 high schools – mostly Class AAA, and 134 total runners, Tyler Consolidated sophomore Spencer Corley led the pack and finished in second place at the John Marshall Invitational, just behind Shadyside, Ohio senior distance runner Chase Stewart. Corley led the race but Stewart edged ahead and held on to get the win with a time of 17:29.14. Corley got his highest finish of the year with a time of 17:53 and is getting better with each outing.
His motivation seems to be similar to that of nine-time New York Marathon Winner Grete Waitz, who once said, “For every finish line tape a runner breaks – complete with the cheers of the crowd and the clicking of hundreds of cameras – there are the hours of hard and often lonely work that rarely gets talked about.”
Coming off an injury to his ankle and foot in his first meet of the season – which kept him sidelined for three weeks, the determined sophomore is now running with the state’s elite and will soon break out as the one to beat; he is already one of the feared runners in the state in all divisions.
The next Silver Knight finisher was James Streets, also a sophomore who finished in eighth place with a time of 18:58. As a team, the Knights ended in fourth place overall behind East Fairmont, Parkersburg South, and Martins Ferry. Haygen Baker, a freshman for the Knights, got 22nd with a time of 19:51. Junior Creed Ammons finished 29th, coming in at 20:41, and sophomore Hayden Brown got 48th with a 21:39. With all underclassmen the Silver Knights have a good chance at qualifying as a team for the state title.
Teams they beat at the John Marshall Invitational included Wheeling Park, Union Local, John Marshall, Brooke, Cameron, Hundred, Linsly, and Wheeling Central. Other teams included Weirton, Steubenville, Shadyside, Paden City, Madonna, Magnolia, Oak Glen, Steubenville Central and St. John Central.
Paden City senior Kyle Carpenter finished 111th in 25:27.49. Wildcat freshman Tobin McEldowney came in at 120 with a 27:25.24, and teammate Brandon Hizer finished in the 123 spot with a 27:33.32.