Lancaster snaps MHS girls win streak
The Lancaster High girls handed the Middlesex High girls cross-country team its first loss of the season on September 30, 30-35.
Lady Charger sophomore standout Missy Hall also picked up her first defeat of the season. Hall was nipped at the finish line by Lancaster’s Whitney Spence, who had a time of 21:04 compared to 21:05 by Hall.
MHS coach Bill Murray said the Region A meet is shaping up to be a tight battle between Lancaster and Middlesex. “We match up very evenly,” he said.
Middlesex finished second to Lancaster at last year’s Region A meet.
Stephanie Hutton, who is usually the third or fourth top runner for MHS, had a sore ankle and did not run in the meet.
Olivia Cloud finished third behind Spence and Hall with a time of 22:17; Rebecca Walker, fourth, 22:18; Lindsay Harrow, 12th, 24:53; and Lauren Beebe, 14th, 26:15.
Also running for the Lady Chargers were Kayla Jackson, 18th, 30:03; Sabine Helbrecht, 22nd, 34:41; and Cydney Fisher, 35th, 35:54.
The MHS girls defeated Washington & Lee 35-68 in the tri-meet.
The Middlesex boys (61) lost to both Washington & Lee (32) and Lancaster (30).
Middlesex Kevin Walsh won the meet with a time of 18:35. John Walsh finished sixth in 19:33; Shane Bristow, 18th, 21:04; Terrance Burse, 19th, 22:24; and Jeremiah Morris, 20th, 23:30.
On September 26, the Middlesex harriers ran in the Maymont Invitational in Richmond. The Lady Chargers ran in the Silver Division against schools from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Tennessee. There were 92 girls in the race.
Hall earned a medal with a 9th place finish (20:48). Cloud just missed a medal with a 16th place finish in a personal best time of 21:55, and Hutton finished 53rd in 24:09. L. Harrow finished 77th in 25:39, and Beebe finished 86th in 27:43.
“Overall, it was a very good test for our teams against the best competition they will see all year,” said Murray. “The girls Silver Division top team was Canon McMillan High School of Pennsylvania. They placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 14th!”
The winning time was 20:10. (Missy was only 38 seconds back.)
The boys also competed in the Silver Division with 87 boys in the race. K. Walsh ran a personal best time of 18:37 but in a very competitive field finished 33rd. J. Walsh finished 70th in 20:11; Bristow ran 82nd in 21:23; Morris ran 85th in 21:46; and Burse finished 86th in 23:50.
The boys race also was won by Canon McMillan High School.
The Chargers will host their last home meet on Wednesday, October 14, against Washington & Lee and Mathews. Middlesex home meets are at RCC-Glenns.