TCMS Boys XC shows strong standing at Doddridge Invitational


Knights finishes 3rd out of 14 teams

DODDRIDGE COUNTY—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Cross Country teams made their way to Doddridge County to take part in the 2022 Doddridge Invitational on Tuesday evening.

With a strong showing, the TCMS boys completed the race in third place out of a total of 14 teams.

The Knights were led by Carter Gillespie, who out of a field of 141 runners, finished in an outstanding nineth place overall with a completion time of 12:22.94

Briar Larew was the next Knight to cross the finish line, and his time of 13:16.64 landed him in 26th place during the event.

Chase Maier (13:20:12) and Caleb Edwards (13:32:46) ended the race back-to-back, earning 31st and 32nd place finishes overall. And it would be Cameron Gray who would round out the top five runners for the Knights, finishing in 38th place with a time of 13:47:78.

During the day, the Knights also saw impressive finishes from John Gouzd (14:13.36, 48th place), Mason Nestor (14:49.87, 64th place), Jake Davis (15:22.07, 82nd place) and Grant Taylor (17:16.75, 115th place).

“The guys ran really well, and that shows,” said Coach Karey Maier. “Each meet, we are working to improve our times and run better races, and we hope to see more top finishes like this one.”

On the girls’ side of the event, Addison Sole would be the only Lady Knight to cross the finish line within the top 20 racers, claiming 16th place out of a total 109 competitors, with a final time of 14:16.43.

The next Lady Knight to complete the race was Peyton Stevens, who finished in 50th place with a time of 16:46.56.

Ainsley Alexander (18.08.96, 66th place), Suri Stemple (19>09.49, 78th place) and Jordan Cox (19.18.62, 79th place) also claimed spots as the top five racers for the TCMS females.

Cox ran neck-and-neck with Addie Annon, who crossed the finish line sixth for her team, and 80th overall, with a time of 19:18.88.

Lydia Conrad (20:58.04, 95th place) and Arabella Jones (21:00.10, 96th place) also ran for the Lady Knights, who finished 12th out of a total 13 teams.

The Knights will be back in action on Saturday, September 24, as they take to the course at West Taylor Elementary School during the Bearcat Invitational.

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