TENNERTON - Buckhannon-Upshur hosted its annual cross country invitational Tuesday afternoon. Preston rolled to victories in both divisions, capturing narrow wins in each event.
The races were contested on a soft course brought on by rain earlier in the day. The high school runners competed over a 5000-meter layout.
Brody Born of Preston High School won the boys' division, running away with the individual title in 18:15.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Elkins High School’s Austin Hamrick races through the terrain during the Tigers’ third-place finish Tuesday at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.
The talented senior is currently ranked fourth among individuals in the RunWV.com runner rankings.
Preston won with a team score of 55 points on the boys' side. They defeated runner-up Philip Barbour, who tallied 60, and an improving Elkins squad that scored 61. There were a total of seven schools represented in the race.
Elkins was led by Austin Hamrick, who powered to a fourth place finish in 18:55. He was followed closely by teammate Matt Wallace in fifth at 19:35.
Remington Knight placed tenth for the Tigers with a time of 20:21, while Nate Simons gave Elkins' pack a fourth runner in the top 15, placing 14th in 21:29.
Philip Barbour was led by Trey Furby in seventh at 19:42.
Furby was followed in the top 10 by teammate Trevor Matko (9th, 20:16).
Preston defeated runner-up Buckhannon-Upshur on the girls' side, 30-41.
Nicholas County placed third overall with 61 points and Lewis County was fourth with 105.
Preston's girls are ranked sixth as a team in the latest RunWV.com team rankings.
Elkins High School's Hannah Gongola raced to the individual title in the race, plowing through the course with a time of 23:22.
Gongola was followed by Buckhannon-Upshur's Laura Dean as the runner-up in 23:32.
Dean was joined in the top 15 by teammates Gillian Ross (fifth, 24:15), Casey Thorpe (11th, 26:18) and Megan Russell (14th, 26:47).
Gongola was joined on the awards stand by teammate Kathleen Simmons, who placed 13th in 26:42.
Most of the teams in attendance will now gear up for next weeks' Big 10 Conference Championships.
The races are scheduled for Oct. 13 with Philip Barbour serving as the host for the 2012 event.
Regional meets are set for Oct. 18 and the West Virginia state meet is slated for Oct. 27 at Cabell Midland High School.