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Lady Charger runners continue sizzling pace

by Larry S. Chowning

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Members of the 2008 Middlesex High School girls cross country team are, front from left, Rebecca Walker, Olivia Cloud and Melissa Hall; second row, Tara Grinnell, Sierra Jordon, Lindsay Harrow, Stephanie Hutton and Jereica Marsh; and third row, Latash Cephas, Davina Peters, Felicia Marsh and Khadijan Reed.  (Photo by Larry Chowning)
The Middlesex High School girls cross-country team continues to dominate the Tidewater District and Region A competition. The Lady Chargers defeated King William 21-34 on September 24.

Freshman Missy Hall ran a course record on the Rappahannock Community College 3.2-mile course with a 21:15 clocking. Hall is undefeated in dual meet competition.

Stephanie Hutton ran a time of 22:45 to take second place, and Lindsay Harrow showed improvement by placing fourth overall with a season-best time of 23:08.

Rebecca Walker finished fifth in 23:30, and Olivia Cloud was ninth in 25:16.

On Saturday, the girls ran in the McDonald’s Maymont Cross Country Festival in Richmond. Over 7,000 runners participated in the race and the Lady Chargers ran in the Coastal Division division.

Hall finished 26th in her race with a time of 22:05. MHS coach Bill Murray said it was an outstanding time considering the condition of the rained-soaked course.

Others to run for Middlesex were Walker (24:10), Hutton (24:42), Harrow (25:14) and Tiana Sema (31:03).

In boys cross country, the Chargers lost 25-30 to King William. King William’s Tyler Guyton won with a time of 20:01, and Middlesex’s Kevin Walsh was second in 20:41.

John Walsh finished fourth (21:15), Mark Hall fifth (21:23), Austin Bushong ninth (21:44) and Alex Pratt tenth (22:05). Jeremiah Morris, who had been the number two runner for MHS was injured in the race but finished with a time of 26:32.

Other Middlesex runners to finish were Greg Dorsey (23:53), Dylan Kellar (24:15), Issac Lee (25:45) and John Hatton (28:35).

In the McDonald’s Maymont Cross-Country Festival, K. Walsh was the top Charger runner with a time of 21:02, and was followed by J. Walsh (22:51), Bushong (24:56), Morris (24:57) and Dorsey (25:26).

The Chargers ran against Mathews on September 30, and will run against Northumberland and Washington & Lee on Wednesday, October 8.

The Tidewater District schedule has been changed and the district meet will be Tuesday, October 14, at the Eastern State course in Williamsburg.  The Region A meet will be on Wednesday, October 29, also at Eastern State.

posted 10.02.2008

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