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
Run to win. That's been the motto of Cabell Midland's cross-country success since the consolidated school began competing. And they haven't slowed up yet. Now the motto of head coach Chris Parsons is "Quest to be the best in 2008". Cabell Midland's boys and girls teams are the defending MSAC champions as well as the Region IV defending champions. This season should be no different.
"Our ultimate goal is to have the boys and the girls teams to win states this year," Parsons said. "We are ranked No. 2 in the pre-season polls, so we know we will have to work hard to get it done."
Cabell Midland's boys were the state runners-up last season in Class AAA behind Wheeling Park. This season Wheeling Park is the pre-season No. 1 and the Knights are No. 2.
On the girl's side, the Lady Knights are No. 2 behind pre-season favorite University High School. Rival Hurricane is ranked No. 4. Both the boys and girls teams are separated from first place by just two points in the polls. The Lady Knights finished fourth at the state cross-country meet last season.
"Wheeling and University both have great programs," Parsons said.
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.