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Harrow paces MHS girls

The Middlesex High School girls cross-country team finished fourth in a quad-meet on September 4 at Beaverdam Park in Gloucester. The meet was sponsored by Mathews High School.

The Lady Chargers were paced by senior Leigh Harrow who cruised through the course in 21:54 to finish fourth overall. “Leigh is our team leader, our top runner and has played a wonderful role in helping our younger runners understand what cross-country is all about,” said first-year MHS co-head coach Jamie Somerville. “We have a very young team that I feel will improve and be very good as the season goes on.”

The second best finish for MHS was by eighth-grader Michaela Chowning. She was eighth overall with a time of 25:08. “We are happy with Michaela’s performance being that it was her first race ever and the fact she is just an eighth-grader,” said Somerville.

Eighth-graders are considered junior varsity runners and their times do not count in the varsity team score.

Elena Witzemann, a German foreign exchange student attending MHS, finished with a time of 29:05. “Elena has never run before either and I’m real proud of her performance,” said Somerville.

Freshman Molly Brown ran the 3.2-mile course in 29:59; Grace Rutkowski, 31:07; and Amber Clark, 32:55.

The MHS team is coached by the husband and wife team of Jamie and Annie Somerville. “We are thrilled to be coaching,” said Jamie. “We are both lifelong runners and know how important running can be in a person’s life. We see a great deal of potential on both the girls and boys teams and are enjoying working with each runner,”

The Middlesex girls ran in a home meet on September 11 at Rappahannock Community College in Glenns, and will visit Lancaster for a quad meet on Wednesday, September 18, at 4 p.m.

posted 09.11.2013

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