Mays Defend District Titles, PM Harriers Three-Peat As Champs

Jonathan Schwab
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The Parry McCluer High School girls cross country team starts the Pioneer District Meet in the rain on Wednesday at Camp Alta Mons in Shawsville. The Blues won with 21 points, led by sophomore Kensey May (second from right), who finished first in 20:39. (Jonathan Schwab photo)

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Runners begin the boys' race at the Pioneer District Meet on Wednesday at Camp Alta Mons in Shawsville. The Blues had the top five finishers and won the with a perfect score of 15 points, led by senior Dylan May (second PM runner from front), who finished in 17:07. Senior Cooper Braddy (ahead of May) placed second in 17:43. (Jonathan Schwab photo)


Wednesday, Oct. 30 – The Parry McCluer High School boys and girls cross country teams both won the Pioneer District Meet for the third consecutive year, and PM senior Dylan May and sophomore Kensey May defended their titles on Wednesday afternoon at Camp Alta Mons in Shawsville.

Racing on the muddy, mostly flat 3.2-mile course under constant rain, the PM boys claimed the top five spots for a perfect score of 15 points. Eastern Montgomery placed second of three complete teams (at least five runners) with 54 points, and Covington finished third with 73.

Dylan May slowed his usual pace to pace his teammates before breaking away in the final mile to win his third consecutive district title in 17:07. The rest of the Blues’ boys all improved their times from when they ran the course in early October. Senior Cooper Braddy placed second of 32 runners in 17:43, and junior teammate Brenden Plogger followed in third in 17:54. Rounding out the top five were juniors Kedryn Chandler (17:57) and Trevor Tomlin (18:01). Jamie Wall of Narrows (sixth, 18:46) was the first runner outside of PM to finish.

Other Blues earning all-district honors by placing in the top 15 were sophomores Matthew Hemmings (seventh, 18:46) and Landon Mahaffey (10th, 20:20).

In the girls’ race, with four runners in the top six, the Blues won with 21 points, while Eastern Montgomery, the only other complete team, placed second with 34.t

Kensey May paced her teammates in the first half of the race before breaking away to win by several minutes in 20:39. EM’s Annalyse McHone placed second of 16 harriers. Other PM runners competing, all earning all-district honors, were sophomores Koya Chandler (third), Jillian Wheelock (fourth) and Sadie Dryden (sixth) and junior Cloey Mazingo (11th). Due to a malfunction with the hand timer, only May’s time was recorded in the girls’ results.

All runners from the district advanced to the Region 1C Meet, which will take place at Blacksburg High School next Wednesday, Nov. 6, with the girls’ race at 4:30 p.m. and the boys’ race at 5:15 p.m. The top three teams and top five individuals outside of those teams will advance to the Class 1 state meet.

For the full story and photos from the district meet, please see our Nov. 6 newspaper.

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