Lady Tigers place sixth
Both Elkins squads finish among the top 10 in Class AA field
ONA – The Elkins High School girls cross country team posted a sixth-place finish in the Class AA-A state meet held Saturday at Cabell Midland High School, while the Tiger boys turned in a 12th-place showing.
The Lady Tigers tallied 176 points — just one point shy of fifth-place finisher St. Marys (175). Fairmont Senior took the team title with 78 points, while single-A Williamstown (87) was second, Winfield (106) third and Bridgeport (134) fourth.
Tucker County (285) was 13th among the 17 teams competing.
Junior Addie Berdine placed 19th in a time of 21:00 to lead the Lady Tigers. Freshman Samantha Sproul used a late kick to place 21st in a time of 21:11, while Kiley Edwards was 30th (21:23), Natalie Sutton 68th (23:07), Kaleigh Edwards 82nd (23:40), Kaia Miller 86th (23:49) and Holly Harper 122nd (27:01).
“Our girls were exactly what they have been all season, and that’s consistent,” Elkins coach Matt Lewis said. “They ran the race that we talked the night before about, and to be (fourth in AA, sixth in AA-A) in all the state of West Virginia has set the expectations high for next year.”
Erykah Christopher of East Fairmont claimed the individual title in a time of 18:53.
Philip Barbour’s Jaycee Everson and Olivia Frye finished 22nd (21:12) and 41st (21:48), respectively. Kate Falls placed 39th with an effort of 21:45 to lead Tucker County. She was followed by Erin Chambers (44th, 21:50), Karlee Smith (89th, 24:02), Hannah Hardy (84th, 23:46), Kristen Hicks (96th, 24:20), Alaira Hudson (112th, 25:21) and Addison Buckley (114th, 25:36),
“To finish in the top five (AA) at the state championships is huge,” EHS coach Melissa Carr added. “The girls, their families, their school and their town should be so proud of them.”
The EHS boys, ninth among the double-A field, finished with 329 points. A total of 22 teams and 170 runners competed in the AA-A race.
Sophomore Charlie Smoak used a late charge over the last mile to lead the Tigers with a 28th-place showing, crossing the stripe in 17:42 for a personal best.
Luke Anger followed in 39th (17:57), Chris Henry Fry 104th (19:25), Austin Whetsell 109th (19:31), Tyler McKisic 111th (19:39), Hunter Shreve 150th (20:54) and lone senior Antony Dong 163rd (22:27).
“The boys today all had one common goal and that was they wanted to prove to the state they were a top 10 team (in AA),” Lewis said. “They ran a balanced race for being such a young team.
“I couldn’t be more proud of them for achieving their goal.”
Fairmont Senior took the team title with 48 points, followed by Bridgeport (58), Frankfort (90), Ritchie County (136), Doddridge County (153), Winfield (158), Nicholas County (279), East Fairmont (290), Tyler Consolidated (291) and PikeView (313) to comprise the top 10.
Ritchie County was first among the Class A teams.
Fairmont Senior’s Ethan Kincell won the AA-A race with a time of 16:20.
Philip Barbour’s Noah Ward placed among the top 10 by finishing ninth in a time of 16:54.
“I honestly was surprised by the boys today. I knew they had that race in them, and they showed up today,” Carr said. “They’re so young, but to earn a (double-A) top 10-ranking from both teams from Elkins, is just so rewarding.”
In the girls Class AAA race, Morgantown Lea Hatcher was the individual winner in a time of 17:24 as the Lady Mohigans took the team title with 39 points.
Freshman Cadence Vincent finished 20th for Buckhannon-Upshur in a time of 20:34.
University had the top overall finisher in Josh Edwards (15;49) and also took the team championship with 66 points.
“It’s been such a great season, and I know Melissa and I just want to say thank you to all of our supporters,” Lewis added.
“Cross country is a great sport, and I would encourage every young athlete to lace up some shoes and to give it a try.”