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Cross-country undefeated in district races

by Larry S. Chowning

The Middlesex boys and girls cross-country teams ran in a tri-meet at West Point on October 7 and in the Albemarle Invitational last Saturday.

The Lady Chargers raised their record to 6-0 in Tidewater District action and 8-1 overall in a meet at West Point against the Lady Pointers and King William.

West Point’s Megan Darcy upset MHS standout Missy Hall by 10 seconds to take top honors. Darcy ran the 2.4-mile course in 23:27 and Hall clocked in at 23:37. Hall led the race until the last 200 yards.

Middlesex’s Olivia Cloud finished in third place with a time of 24:13. Rebecca Walker was fifth with a time of 25:03; Lindsay Harrow, 8th, 26:35; and Stephanie Hutton, 9th, 27:22.

Others to finish were Kayla Jackson, 14th, 34:24; Mercedes Vargo, 16th, 38:12; Drachelle Jackson, 17th, 39: 47; Sabine Helbrcht, 20th, 42:20; and Cydney Fisher, 21st, 42:42.

Junior varsity runner Quinlan Moore finished third overall with a 24:10 clocking.

The Middlesex girls won the meet with 20 points, King William had 35 and West Point did not have enough runners to field a team.

In boys competition, Kevin Walsh won his second consecutive tri-meet with a time of 19:53, and John Walsh was third in 21:13. 

Others to race for MHS were Shane Bristow, 6th, 21:58; Brandon Jessup, 12th, 23:37; Terrance Burse, 14th, 23:39; Jeremiah Morris, 15th, 23:53; Dylan Kellar, 25th, 28:52; and Nathaniel Francis, 30th, 35:20.

MHS won the tri-meet with 37 points, King William had 39, and West Point had 65.

The Middlesex boys are 6-0 in the Tidewater District and 7-2 overall.

In the Albemarle Invitational meet, Hall posted a time of 21:29 to finish 64th in a field of 238 runners. Walker finished 120th in 21:29, her best time of the season, and Cloud was 125th in 22:10. No other MHS girls ran in the race.

The top boy finisher for Middlesex was Bristow, who finished 269th with a personal best time of 20:43; Morris, 282th, 22:26; and Burse, 285th, 25:26.

posted 10.14.2009

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