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EHS squads set for regionals

Class AA-A championships to be held today at Camp Kidd

Submitted photo The Elkins High School cross teams will compete in the Class AA-A, Region II championships today at Camp Kidd outside of Parsons. Team members include front row, from left to right, Eva Summerfield, Kaleigh Edwards, Natalie Sutton, Addie Berdine, Samantha Sproul, Kaia Miller, Kiley Edwards and Holly Harper; second row, coach Matt Lewis, Hunter Shreve, Tyler Burda, Tyler McKisic, Charlie Smoak, Jasper Clark, Austin Whetsell, Luke Anger, Brandon Rossi, Chris Fry, Kevin Zhu and coach Amanda Carter.

ELKINS — With their COVID-19 tests complete, the Elkins High School cross country teams will compete in the Class AA-A, Region II championships today at Camp Kidd located outside of Parsons.

The meet was originally slated to be held at Doddridge County but moved due to the county being in the red.

With Randolph County being in the orange in this past Saturday’s DHHR coded-color map, the EHS squads were allowed to participate pending no positive tests.

Elkins will compete against Braxton County, Lewis County, Liberty-Harrison, Lincoln, Roane County and Robert C. Byrd in the AA race.

The girls race will start at 4 p.m., with the boys to follow at approximately 4:45.

The top two teams and top 10 individuals will advance to next weekend’s state meet.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to run and represent EHS and hopefully bring some hardware back home,” Elkins coach Matt Lewis said.

Currently, the Lady Tigers are ranked first in the region and are the clear favorite to win the meet. Senior Addison Berdine is favored to take the individual win, while teammate sophomore Samantha Sproul is ranked second in the region.

“Addie and Sammi have worked as a tandem all season working their way through meets together and I’d expect the same of them Thursday,” Lewis said.

Also competing for the Lady Tigers will be Natalie Sutton, Kaia Miller, Holly Harper and Kiley Edwards.

“The girls have been really focused this week in practice,” Lewis added. “They know what’s at stake and just because you’re favored to win, doesn’t mean you don’t have to earn it first.”

Taking to the course in the last race of the day will be the Elkins boys team.

Junior Charlie Smoak is currently ranked sixth in the state and is a heavy favorite to coast to an individual title, while fellow junior Luke Anger is favored to take the runner-up spot.

“Charlie and Luke have ran incredibly well all season and it’d be a nice to see them go one-two heading into the state meet,” Lewis said.

Chris Fry, Tyler McKisic, Brandon Rossi, Hunter Shreve and Tyler Burda will make up the rest of the Tiger squad.

The EHS boys are set to face a tough challenge from Lewis County for the team banner.

“I know our boys are quite capable of taking the team title, but they’re going to have to toughen up and really work for it,” Lewis said. “Currently there are only five points separating the two teams, so we gotta show up ready for a battle.”

​The state meet will be held Oct. 31st at Cabell Midland High School in Ona.

The single-A division girls will run at 9 a.m., followed by the boys at 9:45 a.m.

The Class AA division will run girls at 12:30 p.m., with the boys to follow at 1:15 p.m.

The final race of the day will the AAA division, which will see girls race at 4 p.m. and followed by the boys at 4:45 p.m.

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