GHS cross country team competes in Big Ten Championships


ELKINS—The Grafton High School cross country team competed in the Big Ten Championships, last Thursday, on a soggy course in Elkins.

The Cats ran in the rain against teams from Fairmont Senior, Bridgeport, Philip Barbour, East Fairmont, Buckhannon-Upshur, Elkins, North Marion, Lewis County, Robert C. Byrd and Liberty Harrison.

In the team competition, the Lady Bearcats finished in sixth-place, while the boys finished the race in eleventh-place.

“We basically ran in a monsoon,” said veteran cross country coach PD Louzy. “It didn’t rain during the boys race, but the course was already a mess.  We didn’t run as well as I would have liked.  We got beat by some teams today that we haven’t lost to all year.”

“The only good thing to come out of this race was that we didn’t get anyone hurt for regionals,” he added.

Ryan Maier continued to have an impressive freshman season, as he was the fastest Bearcat with a 40th place finish. He was followed by Austin Timmons who finished in 59th place.

The remaining running Cats were Devin Criss (65th), Chrsitopher Loomis (69th), Matthew Cather (70th), Cayden Boylen (90th), Matthew Helmondollar (92nd), Braydon McCullough (114th) and James Helmondollar (134th).

Meredith Maier was the standout in the championship race for the Lady Cats. The freshman finished in 19th place with a time of 26:02, which was over a minute and a half faster than the next Lady Cat.

The remaining GHS runners to cross the finish line were Emma Curry (38th), Sierra Walls (49th), Emily Cather (51st), Destiny Walls (57th) and Hannah Moats (69th).

“As soon as the boy’s race was over, it started raining hard,” said Coach Louzy. “The girls were standing in ankle deep water at the starting line. Meredith ran well again for us finishing in 19th place, Second Team All-Conference.”

“Like I like to tell her dad, she’s not bad for a basketball player,” he joked. “Emma Curry also turned in a solid run for the girls.”  

“We’ll pack up this Thursday and head to St. Mary’s for regionals.  It looks like it’s going to be sunny and in the mid 50’s.  That’s a runners dream,” he added.

The Bearcats will be back on the course tomorrow, when they head to St. May’s to run in the WV Regionals.

Good luck to all the running Cats!

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