MINERAL WELLS—The Grafton High School and Taylor County Middle School cross country teams competed last Saturday at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational, in Mineral Wells.
In the high school division, the Bearcats ran against 31 teams from across the state. Out of the 32 teams in the event the girls placed 19th in their division, while the boys finished in 28th place.
The top finisher for the Lady Cats was senior Hannah Louzy who finished in 88th place, followed immediately by Hannah Moats in 89th place. The remaining Lady Cat finishers were Destiny Walls (97th), Aubree Collins (112th), Emma Curry (121st) and Haley Perks (142nd).
Matthew Cather was the fastest Bearcat on the course as he placed 126th while Christopher Loomis finished 134th. The remaining Bearcats were Aaron Pander (135th), Austin Saltis (151st) and Maverick Ware (191st).
On Tuesday, the Bearcats were back in action as they ran in the Doddridge County Invitational, and on Saturday they will travel to Berkeley Springs.
The Taylor County Middle School Knights were also in action on Saturday at Mineral Wells. The varsity race included 28 teams, with most of the teams coming from the Mineral Wells area.
The Lady Knights had a good showing as they finished in 16th place, which would be the same place the boys would finish in their division.
The top runner for the Lady Knights was Kendra Rogucki who placed 35th with teammate Avrie Kelley coming in 63rd. The remaining runners were Chloe Saltis (134th), Sierra Walls (145th), Alyssa Rogucki (148th), River Sipes (151st) and Jada Johnson (175th).
The top runner for the boys was Ryan Maier who placed 30th followed by Matthew Hellmondollar in 77th place. The remaining runners were Cayden Boylen (79th), JT Veltri (87th), James Hellmondollar (132nd), Gabriel Spino (154th) and Blake Copeland (159th).
The JV Knights were also in action at Mineral Wells.
In the girls division, Kelsey Massie placed 24th and Maddie Moats placed 34th. The remaining Knight finishers were Emma Fridley (40th), Carrie Ellen Richards (56th), Caitlyn Boylen (75th), Kaitlyn Saltis (80th) and Miranda Sharps (83rd).
For the JV boys Harrison Maier placed 86th, while Dustin Keener crossed the line in 89th place.
The remaining runners were Jacob Maier (130th) and Gavin Royce (132nd).
The Knights were back in action last night as they also ran in the Doddridge County Invitational. The results will be in a future edition of the Mountain Statesman.