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Middlesex High Cross-Country update

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Members of the Middlesex High School girls cross-country team are, front row from left, Olivia Cloud, Shannon Bristow, Kayla Jackson, Chelsea Chandler, Tiffany Sperlein, Quinlan Moore and Leigh Harrow; back row, Melissa Hall, Lauren Beebe, Rebecca Walker, Stephanie Hutton, Cydney Fisher, Lindsay Harrow and Sabine Helbrecht. Not pictured are Drachelle Johnson, Judith Keifer and Mercedes Vargas.
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Members of the Middlesex High School boys cross-country team are, front row from left, Terrance Burse, Lee Roberts, Brandon Jessup and John Walsh; back row, Kevin Walsh, Jeremiah Morris, Nathaniel Francis, Dylan Kellar and Shane Bristow. (Photos by Larry Chowning)
by Larry S. Chowning

The Middlesex High School girls cross-country team won a tri-meet against Washington & Lee and Mathews on October 14. The Lady Chargers scored 20 points, W&L had 46 and Mathews had 54 (low score wins in cross-country).

MHS sophomore Missy Hall (20:09) ran away from the girls field and also beat several male runners. Because of anticipated foul weather, the boys and girls race was held together.

Middlesex’s Rebecca Walker is coming on strong in the final stretch of the season with a second place finish in 21:59.

Eighth-grader Quinlan Moore finished fourth overall with a time of 22:09. Because Moore’s a JV runner, her place did not count in the varsity team score.

Middlesex’s Olivia Cloud was the varsity meet’s fourth place finisher (22:39); Stephanie Hutton was sixth (23:56); and Lindsay Harrow turned in the fifth best time (24:05).

JV runner Leigh Harrow finished ninth overall in the race with a time of 24:34. Others to place were Lauren Beebe, 15th, 26:42; Kayla Jackson, 22nd, 30:06; Chelsea Chandler, 26th, 30:32; Savine Helbrecht, 27th, 32:05; Sydney Fisher, 28th, 32:08; Drachele Jackson, 30th, 33:25; and Tiffany Spedien, 31st, 35:56.

The Lady Chargers are 7-0 in Tidewater District competition and 10-1 in Region A competition. Their only loss was to Lancaster High School, which nipped Middlesex for the regional title last year by one point.

The Middlesex boys finished last in the tri-meet. Mathews won with 23 points, Washington & Lee was second with 52 points, and Middlesex had 62 points.

Patrick Sopko of Mathews won the race with an 18:11 clocking. Kevin Walsh of Middlesex finished second with a time of 18:20; John Walsh, 7th, 19:28; Shane Bristow, 17th, 20:29; Jeremiah Morris, 24th, 21:03; Brandon Jessup, 31st, 22:25; Terrance Burse, 33rd, 22:28; Dylan Kellar, 40th, 27:24; Lee Roberts, 41st, 27:30; and Nathaniel Francis, 43rd, 35:00.

The MHS boys are 6-1 in Tidewater District action and 7-4 overall. 

Middlesex’s last regular season meet was against Essex on October 21.

The Tidewater District meet is Wednesday, October 28, at the Eastern State Course in Williamsburg. The girls run at 3 p.m., and the boys run at 3:45. Award presentations are at 4:30  p.m.

The Region A meet is Thursday, November 5. The State Group A meet is Saturday, November 14, at Great Meadows.

posted 10.21.2009

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