FAIRMONT—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Cross Country program him the road to Fairmont last Saturday to take part in the Polar Bear Invitational.
Pitted against 12 other teams, the Lady Knights sent runners over the terrain of Apple Valley Golf Course.
And while the ladies would finish in eighth place of the eight teams fielding enough runners to qualify, veteran runners were able to improve their times during this year’s race.
It was South Middle who walked away as the meet’s winners, followed by East Fairmont in second place, Saint Francis Central Junior High in third, and Suncrest Junior High finishing in fourth place.
The West Fairmont team secured a fifth-place finish, Keyser Primary/Middle School landed in sixth and Mountaineer Middle rounded out the day in seventh place.
Because they did not field enough runners, Barrackville Middle, Covenant Christian, Bridge Street Middle, Wheeling Middle and Westwood Middle Schools did not place during the meet.
It was once again Addison Sole leading the way for the Lady Knights, crossing the finish line in 13:54.2, a time worthy of a 14th place overall finish.
Peyton Stevens (16:15.1) and Ainsley Alexander (16:20.0) came through with back-to-back finishes, earning 44th and 45th place overall.
Addie Annon finished in 56th place completing the race in 17:46.4, followed by Suri Stemple in 58th place with a time of 18:14.9, rounding out the top five runners for TCMS.
Arabella Jones (19:55.4, 60th place) and Jordan Cox (20:43.3, 61st place) also took to the course at Apple Valley for the Lady Knights, and worked to improve on their times.
On the boys’ side of the race, TCMS faced tough competition from ten area schools. When all was said and done, the Knights finished in seventh place overall.
Suncrest Junior High’s team outran the competition, claiming first place, followed by Mountaineer Middle in second and South Middle in third.
Saint Francis Central Junior High made their move, and earned a fourth-place finish, while East Fairmont middle school claimed fifth.
With the Knights in seventh, Keyser Primary/Middle came in sixth, West Fairmont finished in eighth, Covenant Christian in ninth, Barrackville Middle finished in tenth and Heritage Christian rounded out the team rankings in eleventh.
During the event, 78 runners took to the course and Carter Gillespie was the first to cross the finish for the Knights. His time of 13:04.3 earned him a 26th place overall finish.
Briar Larew was the next Knight to complete the race, and he did so with a time of 13:18.0, placing him 31st overall, followed closely by Chase Maier who crossed the finish line in 13:18.2. finishing in 32nd overall.
Cameron Gray (13:23.5, 33rd place) and Caleb Edwards (13:40.8, 36th place) rounded out the top five finishes for the Knights.
Maverick Bartsch (14:02.2, 45th overall) and John Gouzd (14:36.0, 47th overall) also hit the course for the Knights during the event.
*Editor’s Note: Due to an error of finish times and standings initially recorded by runwv.com that have since been corrected, we are rerunning this article to reflex the accurate information.