PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Cross Country (XC) teams hit the trail running against numerous schools during the 2022 Mid-Mountain 10 Conference Middle School Championships late last week.
The event, held at Davis and Elkins, saw some of the top runners of the area competing against one another, and two TCMS runners proved to be formidable opponents, finishing well in their races.
Knight Briar Larew and Lady Knight Addison Sole shone at the championship, both not only finishing first for their teams, but claiming top ten overall finishes.
Larew, with a time of 14:00.4 earned a seventh-place overall finish, while Sole kicked it into high gear and crossed the finish line in fifth place overall, with a time of 15:15.1.
“Both Briar and Addison ran really well last Thursday, and we are so proud of their efforts in not only that race, but their hard work and dedication they’ve shown to the sport all season long,” said Coach Karey Maier.
She noted that strong finishes were seen from the Varsity XC Knights, who performed in a field of 100 runners.
“All of our varsity boys finished soundly within the top 50, which is just great,” Maier voiced.
With Larew leading the team, Cameron Gray finished second for the Knights, completing the race in 14:29.3, a time that landed him in 14th place overall. He was followed by Chase Maier, who crossed the finish line just seconds behind with a time of 14:33.1, claiming 16th place overall.
Caleb Edwards (14:48.1, 21st place), Maverick Bartsch (15:06.8, 29th place), Mason Nestor (15:10.8, 30th place) and JK Gouzd (15:44.4, 41st place) rounded out the varsity runners during the event.
The Knights were also represented by Jake Davis (16:21.9, 55th) and Grant Taylor (17:19.4, 71st) who ran junior varsity at championships.
Overall, the TCMS boys finished fifth out of a total of eight placing teams.
The standings were as follows: Mountaineer Middle in first, East Fairmont Middle in second, Bridgeport Middle in third, Elkins Middle in fourth, Buckhannon Middle in sixth, Lincoln Middle in seventh and Robert L. Bland in eighth.
Washington Irving and Notre Dame Middle Schools also competed in the Mid-Mountain 10 Conference Championships, but due to incomplete rosters, they were unable to place.
On the ladies’ side of action, Ainsely Alexander was the second Lady Knight to make her way across the finish line, and with a time of 17:32.8, she claimed a 24th overall finish in a field of 65 runners.
Peyton Stevens (18:07.1, 36th place), Suri Stemple (19:59.7, 48th place), Addie Annon (20.02.1, 49th place) and Lydia Conrad (20:13.1, 52nd place) rounded out the runners for the Lady Knights.
It was East Fairmont Middle who claimed the top spot at the championships, followed by Buckhannon Middle in second place and Elkins Middle in third.
Bridgeport Middle’s running team earned a fourth-place finish, while Mountaineer Middle came in fifth and TCMS finished in sixth.
During the ladies’ race, runners from Lincoln, Washington Irving, Robert L. Bland and Notre Dame Middle schools took to the course, but unfortunately, because of incomplete rosters, those teams were unable to place in the event.
With the completion of the Mid-Mountain 10 Conference Championships, the Knights and Lady Knights runners wrapped up their season. Congratulations to both teams on another great season of running!