HUNTINGTON - Cabell Midland recorded yet another sweep in the West Virginia Class AAA, Region IV high school cross country championships Thursday on Huntington High's new course.
For the boys, the Knights had five runners in the top 10 and won with 30 points. Senior Coy Smith led the way, winning in 17:04. Also in the top 10 were Austin Jordan, third; Jonathan Hathaway, seventh; Brett Armbruster, ninth; and Jackson Gibson, 10th.
"Run hard and come out healthy," said Chris Parsons, who coaches boys and girls for the Knights. Parkersburg, in Region IV for the first time since realignment, was second with 46 points and Hurricane third with 53. In the latestRunWV.com team rankings, Cabell Midland is No. 1 in Class AAA and Parkersburg is No. 3. Morgantown is No. 2. In seven meets this season, the Knights ran into Parkersburg five times and came out ahead each time.
About 30 minutes prior to the start, heavy rain hit the area. By the 5 p.m., the rain stopped and the skies cleared a bit. The rain did help keep the dust down on the course.
"It's a tough course," Smith said. "This is a tough region. We knew it would be a tough race. Seeing our times is a good sign."
On the girls side, Cabell Midland relied on its depth to edge Parkersburg. The Knights had three runners in the top 10, as did the Big Reds. Allison Short took 11th and Adria Fox 15th for Cabell Midland to make the difference. Anya Miller was fifth, Jessica Salmons sixth and Gretchen Mills ninth.
Parkersburg had the top two finishers in Olivia Collett (22:45) and Madison Trippett. The Big Reds also had Ella Dario in fourth, but their final two runners came in 19th and 23rd.
"It's about the depth," Parsons said. "I always tell the girls every place counts."
Huntington High's Winnie Mayes finished third in the girls race to earn a spot in the West Virginia State Meet on Oct. 29 at Cabell Midland.
Source: The Herald Dispatch