BERKELEY SPRINGS – The Grafton High School cross country team competed in the Berkeley Springs Invitational this past Saturday morning.
The Bearcats ran against teams from East Fairmont, Fairmont Senior, Philip Barbour, Ritchie County, Spring Mills, Hedgesville, Northern Bedford, Martinsburg, Berkeley Springs and Weir.
The girls team finished in eight place, while the boys could not record a score because they only had four runners.
The top runner for the girls’ was senior Hannah Louzy, who finished in 34th place, while teammate Hannah Moats finished in 40th place.
The remaining GHS runners were Haley Perks (44th), Destiny Walls (45th), Aubree Collins (48th) and Emma Collins (49th).
Matthew Cather was the fastest Bearcat on the course, with a 65th place finish.
The remaining GHS runners were Christopher Loomis (75th), Aaron Pander (92nd) and Maverick Ware (93rd).
“Today was the first time we’ve had to race on a really hot day, and it was our third race in eight days,” said head coach PD Louzy. “Combine those two things, and it gives you a recipe for a tough day. The kids ran hard and we got a preview of the regional course, so those are a couple positive things we can take away from this meet. We now have a week to prepare for our home meet this Saturday,” he added.
The Bearcats will be back on the course this Saturday morning, as they will host the Bearcat Invitational at West Taylor Elementary School. This will be a combined high school and middle school event.
The high school girls will run fist at 9:00 a.m., followed by the high school boys at 9:45 a.m. The middle school team will run at the completion of the high school events.
This year, the high school division has team from Grafton, Braxton, Bridgeport, Clay-Battelle, Doddridge, Elkins, Fairmont Senior, Gilmer, Liberty, Lincoln, Notre Dame, Philip Barbour, RCB and South Harrison.
The middle school division welcomes teams from Braxton, Bridgeport, Doddridge, Gilmer, Lincoln, Mountaineer Middle, Notre Dame, Philippi, South Harrison, Suncrest and West Fairmont.
“Right now we have over 500 runners registered between the high school and middle school races. We are also putting on a small elementary meet for the students at West Taylor on Friday morning,” said Louzy.