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Prep cross country season begins

PB girls win Frankfort meet, EHS second; Smoak shines for Tigers

The Inter-Mountain file photo Junior Charlie Smoak, left, paced Elkins in its season-opening race in Saturday’s Frankfort Invitational. Smoak fell just short on claiming the individual title.

RIDGLEY – The Elkins High School girls cross country team placed second to open the season Saturday at the Frankfort Invitational.

The Lady Tigers tallied 107 points in placing behind first-place finisher Philip Barbour’s 58 points.

The EHS boys were fifth.

With COVID-19 protocols in place, the event was held in waves as races were staggered with five teams stepping off every five minutes

“It’s definitely a new thing for our meets this year, but all coaches and teams are happy to comply,” EHS coach Matt Lewis said. “It was nice to be able to see how it worked and it did. But our sport is unique where typically we are used to taking on 20 teams at a time, now we’re racing the clock.”

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Addie Berdine led the Lady Tigers with an eighth-place showing in a time of 23:33, followed by Samantha Sproul 13th (24:04), Natalie Sutton 14th (24:14), Kiley Edwards 40th (26:08), Holly Harper 42nd (26:29) and Kaia Miller 48th (27:00).

Hampshire placed third with 114 points, followed by Tucker County (122), Frankfort (129), Oak Glen (149), Martinsburg (155), Spring Mills (166), Musselman (200) and Keyser (209). Berkeley Springs, Pendleton County and Weir fielded incomplete teams.

“It was nice to earn the runner-up plaque, especially in race number one,” Lewis said.

Audrey Williams placed second in a time of 22:11 to lead the Lady Colts. Teammate Jaycee Everson was third (22:54).

Erin Chambers was sixth in a time of 23:10 to pace Tucker County.

Charlie Smoak turned in a runner-up finish for the EHS boys. The junior broke the course record by 23 seconds in a time of 17:20 and was just two tenths of a second behind champion Garrett Ferguson of Frankfort, who now holds the course record.

“Charlie has really put in the work, and if he had even one more meter, he would have walked away with the individual win,” Lewis said.

Other finishers for Elkins included Luke Anger 15th (19:23), Brandon Rossi 38th (21:25), Austin Whetsell 39th (21:27), Tyler McKisic 40th (21:30, Tyler Burda 42nd (21:35) and Hunter Shreve 53rd (22:48).

Chris Fry would finish 6th (22:46) in the JV race with Jasper Clark finishing 16th (28:11).

“The boys had a very good day,” Lewis said. “They were excited to get racing, and I see a hunger in their eyes that they want to keep getting stronger and faster.”

Host Frankfort captured the team title with 30 points, followed by Oak Glen (109), Spring Mills (111), Martinsburg (111), Elkins (116), Hampshire (130), Berkeley Springs (149), Musselman (164) and Tucker County (244).

Keyser, Philip Barbour, Weir, Pendleton County, Paw Paw and Madonna had incomplete squads.

Clay Poling paced the Mountain Lions with a 48th-place showing (22.25). Caden Hawkins (19th, 20:08.3) and Trevor Furby (20th, 20:08.9) led the Colts.

Elkins will compete in the Bearcat Invitational Saturday in Grafton.

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