May Siblings, PM Boys Win Regional Meet, Both Teams Advance To States

Jonathan Schwab
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(Mindy May photo)


Wednesday, Nov. 6 – The Parry McCluer High School boys cross country team won the Region 1C Meet convincingly, led by individual repeat champion Dylan May, and Dylan’s sister Kensey cruised to defend her title in the girls’ race to lead the PM girls to third place on Wednesday at Blacksburg High School. Both teams advanced to the Class 1 state meet.

From the regional meet, the top three teams and the top five individuals outside of those teams advanced to the state meet, which will take place at Green Hill Park in Salem on Saturday, Nov. 16, with the girls’ race at 11:45 a.m. and the boys’ race at 12:30 p.m.

In the boys’ race, with five of the top seven finishers, the Fighting Blues scored 19 points to beat runner-up George Wythe’s 58. This was the Blues’ first regional title since 2011 and their second title since 1983. The other state-qualifying team was Auburn, placing third of eight teams with 60 points.

Dylan May, a senior who placed second at the state meet last year and won the Pioneer District Meet last Wednesday, finished Blacksburg’s hilly 5-kilometer course in 16:40.8. PM’s Cooper Braddy placed second of 60 harriers in 17:21.4, and teammate Trevor Tomlin followed in third in 17:27.4. George Wythe had the next two finishers, Kade Minton (17:28.1) and Josh Tomiak (17:37.2).

Rounding out the Blues’ top five were Brenden Plogger (sixth, 17:39.2) and Kedryn Chandler (seventh, 17:41.4). All five harriers earned all-region honors by placing in the top 15. Also competing for the Blues were Matthew Hemmings (19th, 18:31.9) and Landon Mahaffey (38th, 20:51.8).

In the girls’ race, PM placed third of five teams with 64 points, trailing George Wythe (30) and Auburn (57) but finishing ahead of Galax (85) and Eastern Montgomery (98).

Kensey May, a sophomore who placed second at the state meet last year and won the district meet last Wednesday, finished in 19:23.8, beating runner-up Camryn Hardin (21:06.5) of George Wythe by nearly two minutes. PM’s second runner was Koya Chandler, placing 11th of 39 runners in 22:39.3, and teammate Jillian Wheelock (13th, 23:29.4) also earned all-region others. Blues following Wheelock were Sadie Dryden (21st, 24:42.3) and Cloey Mazingo (27th, 25:53.3).

For full coverage of the regional meet, please see our Nov. 13 newspaper.

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