Cabell Midland cross country kicked off it’s season with the annual Cedarwood Classic held on August 9th. The Cedarwood Classic is a race put on by Cabell Midland’s “Oldest Active Alumni”, Cory Richardson. Cory was on Midland’s first XC team, which started back in 1994. Cory was a member of Midland’s Elite 7 and part of Midland’s first state track championship team in 1996. Cory designed and built the Cedarwood course and has maintained it every year for the Cedarwood Classic.
This year’s race attracted over 80 runners with 3 separate races. The challenging 5K, 1.5 mile, and the “Little Tikes Dash.” Over 100 spectators were on hand to cheer the runners to some great performances. Midland Alumni, David Bias, set a new course record in an impressive time of 16:55. The old course record was 17:05 held by the famous Casey Batey. In the female division, veteran Rhonda Bell was victorious in 23:23. In the 1.5 mile race, Middle school runner, Jared King took the victory in 9:47 just two seconds over Midland’s Freshman Tyler Salmons. In the girls division, Alex Ellis won in 11:00.
After the awards and some good eating, the long anticipated Cedarwood Classic Badminton Tournament took shape with some serious players. Cass Meadows and David Bias were heard bragging they would defend their 2007 title, but Cory Richardson and David Owens had different plans. In the Championship game, Richardson & Owens were just too strong and came away as the 2008 Champions.
A special thanks to Cory Richardson and his family for giving Cabell Midland and Barboursville Middle school the opportunity to be part of an AWESOME day.