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Ellis, Chowning earn All-State honors

Middlesex High School freshman Michaela Chowning (right) finished 15th in the State 1A Cross-Country Championship Meet at Great Meadow State Park near Warrenton on Friday. On a windy and cold day, Chowning ran a time of 21:48 to earn All-State honors (the top 15 finishers are named to the All-State team). (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

Cliff Conley of Galax High School captured his second straight boys Virginia 1A Cross-Country Individual Championship and Middlesex High School’s George (Ridge) Ellis IV was second on a cold, windy race day at Great Meadow State Park near Warrenton. 

Ellis finished the race in 16:42 and was named to the Virginia 1A All-State team for a second straight year. Ellis finished fourth in the state last year with a time of 16:34.

There were 100 runners in the boys race. The only other male runner from Region A to make All-State was junior Justin Adams of Mathews, who finished fifth (16:51).

In the girls competition, MHS 9th-grader Michaela Chowning finished 15th out of 97 runners to earn All-State honors. Chowning ran a time of 21:48.

“For Michaela to medal as a freshman was a great feat,” said Harrow.  “They are just an amazing group. Although they compete individually, they work well together as a team. Cross-country kids are tough. You have to be in condition to do the mileage these kids do each week to compete.” 

The Lady Chargers had their whole team qualify for state competition for the first time since 2010. Marisol Lujan finished 41st (23:05); Emilie Smith, 46th (23:16); Molly Brown, 84th (26:09); and Grace Rutkowski, 92nd (27:23).

For the third straight year, Julia Wood of Rappahannock County High School won the girls race (18:58). 

“It was hard to believe that it was the end of the season,” said Coach Harrow. “I’m going to miss our weekly running and seeing these kids every day. I wish all of the seniors and foreign exchange students much luck for the rest of the year and beyond. They will be missed.”

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posted 11.21.2014

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