Mays Excel At Milestat

Parry McCluer High School siblings Kensey and Dylan May led the Fighting Blues’ girls and boys cross country teams at the prestigious XC Invitational on Saturday at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville.

Racing just outside of Richmond, Kensey, a sophomore, placed sixth of 334 runners in the varsity A girls’ race, finishing the mostly flat 5-kilometer course in a personal-record (PR) 18:08. Last year, she won in 18:44, but the field was more competitive this year. “That’s the best race she’s done at any distance,” PM head coach Chris Poluikis said.

Aniya Mosley of Ocean Lakes won the girls’ race in 17:29.

In the junior varsity A girls’ race, Koya Chandler led the Blues, finishing 41st of 314 runners in a PR 21:50. Teammate Jillian Wheelock followed in 66th in 22:30, and Sadie Dryden came in 8th in 22:52. Cloey Mazingo, struggling with shin issues, came in 221st in 25:12.

There were no team scores in any of the races the Blues competed in.

The boys’ race got off to a rough start for the Blues, as they got stuck in a couple of tie-ups, following a fall at the beginning of the race. “It was a nightmare,” Poluikis said. “It was horrible, but they rebounded.”

Virginia Episcopal School’s Daniel O’Brien won the race in an amazing time of 14:57.

Dylan, a senior, led PM by placing 20th of 365 harriers in 16:09, 7.5 seconds faster than his winning time last year. Slowed by the rough start, May ran his first mile in 5:15, but he picked up his pace.

PM’s second finisher was Trevor Tomlin, finishing 119th in a PR of 17 minutes, over a minute faster than his time on the course last year. Teammate Kedryn Chandler followed in 125th in a PR 17:04, and Cooper Braddy came in 139th in 17:09, his second-fastest time. The final two Blues, both recording PRs, were Brenden Plogger (177th, 17:26) and Matthew Hemmings (234th, 17:49).

The Blues were scheduled to race at Craig County last Wednesday, but that meet was rained out.

Today Poluikis will take freshman Sammy Hirt to compete at Highland County at 4:30 p.m.

The Blues will then prepare for the Pioneer District Meet, which will take place at Eastern Montgomery next Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. Both PM teams are aiming to win the district title for the third consecutive year. The top two teams and the top five individuals outside of those teams will advance to the Region 1C Meet.

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