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Middlesex girls coast to cross-country title

by Larry S. Chowning

Members of the Middlesex High girls cross-country team display the Tidewater District championship trophy it won last week in Williamsburg. Team members are, front from left, Tiana Serna and Lindsay Harrow; standing, Rebecca Walker, Missy Hall, Stephanie Hutton, Olivia Cloud and Sierra Jordon.  (Photo by Larry Chowning)
The Middlesex High girls cross-country team made school history this week by winning the Tidewater District meet by sweeping the first five places. The meet was run at the Eastern State Hospital course in Williamsburg.

Freshman Missy Hall cruised through the 3.2-mile course in 20:17 to win the race with one of the fastest times in Middlesex cross-country history. Rebecca Walker, Stephanie Hutton, Olivia Cloud and Lindsay Harrow took the next four places, respectively, to easily capture the district trophy.

The Tidewater District held its first championship meet in 1997 and the Middlesex girls won that year with five runners among the top seven finishers. That’s the last time the MHS girls won a district title.

Just a freshman, Hall’s 20:17 is the fastest time run by a MHS girl in a district championship meet.

Only one MHS runner, Christy Creekmore, has ever placed at the state level. In 1993 Creekmore finished sixth in the state with a time of 21:44.  The first place time that year was 20:13 on the tough Virginia Tech course. On flatter courses, Creekmore ran under 20:20 several times. 

The Lady Chargers ran in the Region A meet yesterday, October 29. No MHS girls team has ever won a Region A title. Former teams finished second in region in 1994, 1996 and 1997. In 1994 and 1996, there was no district meet held.

The only time in recent years a MHS cross-country team has won a regional title was in 1993 when the boys team took home the trophy.

At last week’s district meet, Rebecca Walker finished in second place with a 21:43 time. Stephanie Hutton was right behind Walker in third with a 21:48 time. Cloud was fourth in 22:14, and Harrow finished fifth in 22:15. 

The next closest runner to Harrow was a King William runner with a time of 22:37.

The Lady Chargers scored a perfect 15 points to beat Mathews and King William. West Point and King and Queen did not field teams. There must be five runners to make up a team.

“We were hoping to make history today,” said MHS coach Bill Murray at the meet. “I told them if we took the first five spots that no other team in Middlesex history had done that.”

If they won the Region A title on October 29, it will mark the first regional championship in Lady Charger cross-country history.

Over the years, the main reason MHS teams did not win Region A titles was the dominance of New Kent in the sport. New Kent now competes at the Group AA level.
Middlesex ran against New Kent earlier this season and easily won the meet.

“Our main competition at the regional will come from Lancaster,” said Murray. “We have not faced Lancaster but they are running some very good times.”

posted 10.30.2008

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