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Middlesex girls are district cross-country champs

MHS boys are second in district

by Larry S. Chowning

Photos by Bob Walker
The Middlesex High School girls cross-country team won its second straight Tidewater District championship Wednesday in Williamsburg. The Lady Chargers had 29 points, King William 46, and Mathews 57. 

MHS sophomore Missy Hall repeated as individual district champion with a time of 21:47. Rebecca Walker finished third at 22:57 and Olivia Cloud was fourth in 23:04. Stephanie Hutton finished sixth. 

Hall, Walker, Cloud and Hutton all were named to the All-Tidewater District Team. The top seven finishers make the team.

The fifth MHS runner, whose performance was very important in the team’s final score, was Lindsay Harrow, one of the top MHS runners over the past several years. Harrow finished 17th (26:42) after returning to the team this week from a bout with the flu.

“Lindsay ran a courageous race to help us win the district title,” said MHS coach Bill Murray.

Team scores are figured by the places of the top five runners, which means the fifth place team runner can be as important as the first four runners in a close meet.

Also running for Middlesex were Lauren Beebe (29:24) and Shannon Bristow (29:33). 

Members of All-Academic Team from MHS were Hall, Hutton, Walker, Cloud, Cydney Fisher and Beebe.

The Lady Chargers will travel to Williamsburg on Thursday, November 5, to run in the Region A championship meet.

MHS Boys

The Middlesex High boys finished second in the Tidewater District meet—the best finish for the boys since the winning Charger teams of the mid-1990s.

Mathews won the title with 19 points; Middlesex had 67, King William 69, and West Point 90.

Kevin Walsh led the Chargers with a third place finish running the 3.2-mile course in 18:24. K. Walsh was only 18 seconds behind the winning time and was named to All-Tidewater District Team.

John Walsh finished 11th in 20:03; Jeremiah Morris, 16th, 20:39; Shane Bristow, 17th, 21:04; John Shaw, 20th, 22:24, and Terrance Burse, 24th, 25:06.

K. Walsh, J. Walsh, Bristow, John Shaw, and Lee Roberts were named to the All-Academic Team.

The Chargers will compete in the Region A meet on Thursday, November 5, on the Eastern State course in Williamsburg.

posted 10.29.2009

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