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Mathews harriers capture district title

by Larry Chowning

The Mathews High School boys cross-country team dominated the Region A meet on Friday, November 2, at Eastern State in Williamsburg as the Blue Devils won the meet with just 19 points.

Lancaster was second with 68 points and Washington & Lee third with 85 points. The top three teams in the region automatically qualify for the state meet that will be run Friday, November 9, at Great Meadows Park near Warrenton.

Middlesex missed the team qualifying as the Chargers finished in fourth place with 106 points. Senior Bryan Graulich missed qualifying individually for state by just 4.37 seconds. The top five runners who are not on a winning team qualify for state. Graulich finished in 18th place (20:26.99). The fifth place finisher not on a state qualifying team was Andrew Choate of West Point who was 17th with a time of 20:22.63.

Both the girls and boys Region A meets were won by freshmen as Hailey Smith of Lancaster won the girls race 20:55.44 and Mathews’ Cameron Sterns won the boys race in a time of 17:07.36. Sterns beat defending Region A champ Dominique Veney of Lancaster who ran the 3.2 mile race in 17:54.13.

Veney’s second place finish was all that kept Mathews from scoring a perfect 15 points in the meet as Blue Devils runners finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth.

For the Chargers, freshman Wyatt Evans finished 20th (20:33.95); senior Clayton Ellis, 22nd (20:51.95); junior Ethan Marshall, 26th (21:08.80); junior Ryan Mahr, 37th (22.00.98); senior Noah Cannon, 42nd (22:23.47); and sophomore Troy Moncrieff, 43rd (22:26.79).

Other teams to compete in the Region A meet were Essex, 5th, 134 points; West Point, 6th, 135; Northampton, 7th, 170; Franklin, 8th, 256; and Surry, 9th, 268. 

posted 11.07.2018

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