Cabell Midland's Varsity team packed their bags and headed South to warmer weather to compete in the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, NC. Teams as far as California made the trip to Cary, which ranked as the top Cross Country meet in the nation for this weekend.
Jorden Thornton would throw down a 19:22 to place 8th overall in the Red Varsity race. This time would be her fastest of the season so far. Thornton was followed by Kelsey Dillon in 20:34, Kendall McNeely 21:14, Morgan Chittum 21:48, Hannah Asebes 22:02, and Jenna Marsh 22:04 to round out Midland's top 6 runners.
In the Boys Meet of Champions race, Jacob Burcham would share the lead most of the race with several different runners. With just over 400 meters to go, Burcham looked in control, but a late charge from Florida's, Daniel Moore, put him in the lead to move past Burcham for the win. Moore's 14:57.2 would set a new course record and mark him as the first athlete to break 15 for this course. Burcham would be a close 2nd in 15:00.2 to tie the old course record. Burcham is still building his training for his late season meets, which come in early December.
Tyler Salmons would set a PR of 15:50 for 27th overall, while Jeremy Waugh (16:40), Brian Lawhon (16:44), and Eric Wooten (17:17) rounded out Midland's top 5 runners.
The Knights will be back in action on October 12th in Ripley, WV for the MSAC Championship. The meet will be held at Cedar Lakes.