On a cool and foggy Saturday morning at Barboursville Park, Trey Beckett set the early pace at the Bill Hill 2 mile Invitational. Beckett's pace and time of 10:12 was only 3 seconds short of a new course record, which is held by Eric Cooper set the record back in 2004 with a time of 10:09. Sophomore sensation, Ryan Smith followed Beckett with a time of 10:27, while Nolan Queen ran a solid 3rd place in a time of 10:49.
On the girl's side, it was Jorden Thornton crossing the finish line first in an impressive time of 12:44. Cabell Midland will have to wait another year for Thornton because she is only an 8th grader competing for Milton Middle school this season.
Rachel Williams was only 8 ticks back of Thornton with a time of 12:52, while teammate Dee Dee Winningham was 3rd in a time of 13:25.
After the 2 mile race, most of the middle school runners from Milton and Barboursville toed the line for the Bill Hill 1.3 mile race. Milton Middle school runner, Trey Martin, led from start to finish in a time of 8:52 for the overall champion followed by Barboursville's Joey Newfeld in a time of 9:00. Barboursville's Kasey Libby ran 10:07 to round out the top three.
In the female division, three girls battled through out the race and it came down to the last 30 meters of the race to determine the overall champion. Brie Bellomy, only a 6th grader from Milton crossed the line first in a time of 9:17 followed by Milton's Kelsey Dillon in 9:19. Barboursville's
Next up for Cabell Midland, Milton Middle, and Barboursville Middle schools will be the Hurricane Invitational on August 28th at Teays Valley Park.
Source: The Cabell Standard