Ellis wins 2nd straight district title; MHS team is 2nd
|Two-time Tidewater District champion Ridge Ellis crosses the finish line. Ellis will race for his second Region A title on Thursday, November 1.|
by Larry S. Chowning
Middlesex High School sophomore Ridge Ellis won his second straight Tidewater District cross-country championship with a time of 17:46 over the 3.2-mile course at Eastern State in Williamsburg on October 25.
The next closest runner to Ellis was Kyle Slaughter of Mathews, who was 50 seconds behind him in 18:36.
The Mathews boys won the district team title with 20 points. The Middlesex boys captured the second place trophy with 71 points. King William was third with 72 points, and West Point was fourth with 82 points.
Patrick Perry ran an outstanding race to finish as the Chargers’ second top runner and finish 11th overall. Perry ran an outstanding time of 19:58.
Others to place for Middlesex were Jacob Self, 14th overall (20:42); Kyle Forst, 22nd (22:08); Bobby Nazrini, 23rd (22:48); Anthony Green, 24th (23:10); and Tyrik Audain, 25th (23:22).
The Chargers will run in the Region A meet at Eastern State in Williamsburg on Thursday, November 1. Races are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Ellis is the defending Region A champion. “Ridge is the top runner in Region A this year and last year, and he is just a sophomore,” said MHS coach Johan Odom. “We are looking for Ridge to place in the state meet this year and lead our team for two more years.”