Tiger runners find success on course

ELKINS — The Elkins High cross country team traversed their home course at the Davis & Elkins Athletic Fields Saturday morning, hosting the annual Forest Festival Invitational.

Leading the charge for the Tigers was senior Mason Clark, who would lead the race early on and bring home a third-place finish to earn podium honors in 19:29.

Read Schumacher finished 28th in 20:53, Jacob Lewis 33rd in 21:06, James Smoak 42nd in 21:33, and Chris Fry 88th in 24:17 to make up the Tigers score.

Additional finishers for the Tigers included Kyle Murphy at 101st in 24:57, Tyler Chewning 106th in 25:14, Austin Whetsell 108th in 25:18, Antony Dong 111th in 25:42, Elijah Jones 124th in 27:05, Jasper Clark 138th in 27:58, Travis Jones 144th in 28:54 and Anson Simms in 144th in 29:34.

“Overall we had a good day on the boys side,” said coach Matt Lewis. “We still have yet to get our full team together to know exactly where we stand, but I think everyone is starting to see their role on our team.”

Carter Lipscomb of Doddridge County took the individual title in 18:39.

Frankfort would claim the team title with 60 points, followed by Doddridge 88, Allegany, Maryland, 98, Greenbrier East 120, North Marion 155, Elkins 158, Tucker County 165, Buckhannon-Upshur 178, Charleston Catholic 215, Lewis County 217, Clay-Battelle 283, Berekley Springs 329, Gilmer County 373 and Liberty-Raleigh 425, while Braxton County, Mountain Ridge, Maryland, Paw Paw and Roane were incomplete.

Lexie Morici led the Lady Tigers in competition, taming the course in 23:14 to finish fifth on the podium.

Taylor Maynard would finish 26th in 25:42, and Kaeli Ricottilli finished 32nd in 26:39 to round out the day.

“Our girls are running incredibly well and I couldn’t be more proud of their performances today,” Lewis said.

Desirae Schoonover of Doddridge County took the individual title in 22:15, while Berkeley Springs earned the team title with 69 points. Doddridge would follow with 77, North Marion 79, Charleston Catholic 89, Frankfort 118, Greenbrier East 168, Tucker County 174, Buckhannon-Upshur 181, Allegany Maryland, 209, Mountain Ridge 261 and Gilmer County 292.

“Overall it was great day for racing, and good preparation for when we host the fegional meet a few weeks from now,” Lewis said.

The Tigers will be idle this week as they host the Bill Proudfoot 5K Race/2 Mile Run at Riverbend Saturday morning, and will return to action Sept. 19 in the Buccaneer Invitational at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.