May Siblings Win At Alleghany

Parry McCluer High School siblings Dylan and Kensey May won their races at the fifth annual Alleghany XC Invitational on Saturday at Jackson River Sports Complex in Covington.

Racing on the flat 5K course in hot and humid weather, Dylan, a senior, took the lead early, maintained a fast pace, and won in 15:57.6, a personal record (PR) by about seven seconds. Christiansburg’s Ethan Wilson placed second of 66 harriers in 16:25.17, about 28 seconds behind Dylan.

In the girls’ race, sophomore Kensey May finished in 18:53.92 to win by about 32 seconds over Carly Wilkes (19:25.98), a runner who had beaten Kensey three weeks earlier.

The PM boys placed second of eight teams with 52 points, trailing only Christiansburg

(28), which had six runners in the top 10. Alleghany (102) finished third, and Rockbridge County (146) placed sixth.

After Dylan May, PM’s next finisher was Cooper Braddy, placing fourth in a PR 16:43.48. “Cooper had the best race of his life,” Poluikis said, noting Braddy doesn’t mind the heat.

After an aggressive start, PM’s Kedryn Chandler finished 11th in 17:30.23. Teammate Brenden Plogger came in 18th in 17:59.66, and Matthew Hemmings was the Blues’ fifth runner, placing 20th in a PR 18:03.89. Poluikis said Hemmings is the fastest runner he’s ever coached that had no experience prior to the season.

PM’s final finisher was Landon Mahaffey (50th, 20:49.09).

The RC boys had five PRs. Josh Wawrzyniak led the Wildcats, placing 17th in 17:54.08, and John Ryan Sedovy followed in 26th in a PR 18:22.58. Wildcats following Sedovy were Owen Hall (33rd, PR 19:03.22), Kyle Kendall (36th, 19:10.67), Pierson Hull (40th, 19:47.61), Henry Haywood (51st, PR 20:54.27) and Jacob Ivins (56th, PR 21:58.64).

In the girls’ race, Sadie Dryden was PM’s second runner, placed 24th of 47 harriers in 23:30.81. Koya Chandler, who missed the first couple of weeks of the season with an injury, followed in 36th, completing her first 5K in 24:25.75. PM’s final finisher was Cloey Mazingo (38th, 24:50.97).

The PM girls did not have the five runners required for a team score because they were missing Jillian Wheelock, who was traveling with her family.

Lord Botetourt won the girls’ race with 34 points, Glenvar (47) placed second of six teams, and RC (72) finished third.

Five Wildcats recorded PRs, led by Karalyn Timmes, who placed fourth in 20:57.44. Megan Timmes stayed with Karalyn until the end, placing fifth in a PR 21:03.99. Wildcats after the Timmes sisters were Elizabeth McClung (13th, PR 22:14.56), Grace Rollins (28th, PR 23:48.81), Aili Waller (32nd, 24:12.41), Ellie Mastin (34th, PR 24:13.92) and Liesel Nelson (35th, 24:21.41).

RC head coach Julie Tisone said her runners “are all improving with each meet. The younger runners are running with the more experienced runners and learning from them during the meets.”

Today the Blues will race at The Homestead in Bath County at 4:30 p.m. The Wildcats will compete in the Blue Ridge Invitational on Saturday at Greenfield Recreation Park in Daleville.

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