Elkins Tigers cross country teams battle the heat

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Elkins will compete in the Big 10 Championships Oct. 12 in Fairmont.

Submitted photo Elkins will compete in the Big 10 Championships Oct. 12 in Fairmont.

FAIRMONT — The Elkins High cross country teams battled the heat Tuesday evening on the course at White Day Golf Course.

Mason Clark led the attack for the boys, crossing the finish in 18:25 to place seventh. Read Schumacher finished 15th in 19:30, Adam Yokum 25th in 19:51, Jacob Lewis 30th in 20:50, and James Smoak 34th in 21:16 to round out the Tigers’ score.

Antony Dong finished 47th in 23:28, Tyler Chewning 53rd in 24:31, Kyle Murphy 65th in 25:32, Jasper Clark 68th in 25:52, Austin Whetsell 69th 26:52, Anson Simms 76th in 29:57, and Travis Jones 78th in 29:57.

“I saw a few things I really saw us do well on the boys side, but we’re still letting up on other facets of the race,” coach Matt Lewis said. “They have a complete race in them, we just haven’t put it together yet.”

Preston took the team title with 34 points, followed by East Fairmont with 52, Fairmont Senior 56, Elkins 110, North Marion 136, Lewis County 152, and Buckhannon 160. Riles Ward of Preston was the individual winner in 17:12.

Lexie Morici battled the entire race for the top position, coming up just short as she claimed the runner-up spot in 21:09. Senior Taylor Maynard finished 10th in 24:38, and Addie Berdine was 24th in 26:25.

“The girls ran quite well today and I was quite impressed with their work on the hills,” Lewis added. “We’ll finally have our complete team for the Big Ten Championships,” Lewis added.

Erykah Christopher of East Fairmont claimed the individual title in 20:57. East Fairmont earned the team title with 42 points, followed by Preston 42, Fairmont Senior 45, Buckhannon 108, Liberty 136.

Elkins will travel back to White Day on Oct. 12 for the Big 10 Championships.

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GRAFTON — The Tigers competed in their second meet in five days on the course in Grafton Saturday to test their mid-season skills.

Mason Clark was the first of three boys to make the podium on the day, traversing the relatively flat course in 17:26 to earn a sixth-place showing, while Read Schumacher came home 20th in 18:21, and Jacob Lewis 22nd in 18:30 to earn podium honors.

Adam Yokum conquered the course in 19:17 to finish 37th, James Smoak 39th in 19:18, Antony Dong 75th in 21:32, Tyler Chewning 83rd in 22:06, Kyle Murphy 84th in 22:13, Austin Whetsell 95th in 23:02, Travis Jones 99th in 24:10, Jasper Clark 102nd in 25:37, and Anson Simms 107th in 27:51.

Mark Duez of Bridgeport claimed the individual title, crossing the finish line in 16:23. Fairmont Senior took the team title with 57 points, followed by Bridgeport with 63, Philip Barbour 72, Doddridge 97, Elkins 107, RCB 133, Clay-Battelle 196, Grafton 250, and Gilmer 254.

“We had a few good performances on the boys side today that I’m very positive about, and some that are going to require a little conversation Monday at practice,” coach Matt Lewis said. “I’m pleased with the gains we’ve made, but it hasn’t met my expectations just yet, but I know these guys can and will get there when it counts.”

Lexie Morici tamed the course in 21:02 to finish ninth, while Taylor Maynard finished 17th in 22:29, and Addie Berdine 21st in 22:58 to earn podium honors. Kaeli Ricottilli finished 30th in 23:37 to round out the Lady Tigers.

Jessica Melvin of Philip Barbour set a new course record in 19:18 to claim the individual title.

Bridgeport earned the team title with 47 points, followed by Philip Barbour with 48, Fairmont Senior 56, RCB 86, Liberty 137, and Grafton 140.

“Our girls were just solid today and incredibly consistent,” Lewis said. “This crew just really clicks together and improves each and every race.

“Once we get past Tuesday’s meet, our championship preparation can commence, and we’re going to have some gruesome practices to get us prepared,” Lewis said.

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