Elkins’ Smoak wins Festival race
B-U boys and North Marion girls take team titles
ELKINS — Charlie Smoak crossed the finish line first to lead the Elkins High School boys to a second-place showing in the Mountain State Forest Festival Invitational held Saturday over the Davis & Elkins College course.
Smoak turned in a time of 18:15.89 among the approximate 80 runners and 10-team field.
Teammate Lucas Anger was just behind, placing third in a time of 18:57.51.
Other Tiger finishers included Isaac Anger (ninth, 20:54.97), Tyler Burda (11th, 21:06.82), Tyler McKisic (20th, 22:27.92), Brandon Rossi (22nd, 22:47.07), Gavin Brown (29th, 23:19.25), Noah Von Leben (37th, 24:22.20) and Andres Masten (44th, 24:57.70).
B-U won the event with a score of 38, followed by Elkins (44), North Marion (94), Trinity Christian (120), Lewis County (121), Roane County (166), Tucker County (199), Robert C. Byrd (203), Braxton County (209) and Lincoln (233).
The Bucs had three runners among the top 10 in Jordan Gillum (second, 18:49.48), Reis Leonard (fifth, 20:25.78) and Jack Waggy (sixth, 20:34.65).
Devin Whitemore was the first Tucker County runner to cross the finish line with a 21st-place effort in a time of 22:39.32.
The EHS girls placed fourth with 88 points. North Marion took top honors with 65 points, followed by B-U (72), defending Class AA state champion Fairmont Senior (84), Elkins, Braxton County (91), Tucker County (100) and Lincoln (174).
Samantha Sproul placed sixth to pace the Lady Tigers with a time of 23:42.63. Mallory Bennett was 12th (24:24.26), Katelynn Collins (23rd (26:02.96), Kiley Edwards 28th (26:41.33) and Holly Harper 37th (28:10.48).
Freshman Samantha Shreve led the Lady Bucs with a fourth-place showing in a time of 23:17.46. Teammate Mia Sappey was ninth (24:04.29).
Erin Chambers was eighth (23:54.99) and Katie Hicks 10th (24:17.01) for Tucker County.
Lydia Falkenstein, the 2020 state meet winner, placed first in a time of 21:51.59.
Elkins is scheduled to take part in the Doddridge County Invitational today.