PM Boys, May Siblings Win State Cross Country Championships

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Jonathan Schwab
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PM senior Dylan May holds up his team’s first-place trophy while teammates and head coach Chris Poluikis (far right) celebrate. (Jonathan Schwab photo)

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PM sophomore Kensey May (480) leads runners at the start of the girls' race. May became the Blues' first female state cross country champion, winning by nearly a minute in 18:42. Teammates following her are (from left) Jillian Wheelock, Koya Chandler, Cloey Mazingo and Sadie Dryden. The Blues placed fourth. (Jonathan Schwab photo)

 

Saturday, Nov. 16 – With five runners in the top 14, the Parry McCluer High School boys cross country team won its first state title since 1980, led by senior Dylan May’s first individual championship at the Class 1 state meet on Saturday at Green Hill Park in Salem. The PM girls placed fourth of 12 teams, led by sophomore Kensey May’s first individual championship.

The PM boys, who won the Pioneer District and Region 1C titles this year, scored 38 points at the state meet to beat runner-up Auburn’s 72. George Wythe placed third of 12 teams with 99 points, and Mathews (119) finished fourth. In the girls’ race, with just five runners, the Blues scored 116 points to finish behind winner George Wythe (39), Galileo (88) and Auburn (112).

Dylan May, who had placed second by 13 seconds to Holston’s Jordan Keith at the state meet last year, stayed near the front for the first mile before breaking away from the leaders. He finished the flat 5-kilometer course in 15:54.6, a personal record by about three seconds, and Keith placed second of 102 harriers in 16:06.2.

The last time the Blues had an individual state champion was when David Fitzgerald won in 1980. This year, the PM boys defeated all Class 1 and Class 2 champions they ran against. The last local state championship was John Crews, running for Rockbridge County High School in 2002. Kensey May became the first PM girls to win the state title.

After Dylan May, the next three PM boys finished in seventh place through ninth: senior Cooper Braddy (16:47.5) and juniors Trevor Tomlin (16:49.8) and Kedryn Chandler (16:57.8). Also earning all-state honors by placing in the top 15 was junior Brenden Plogger (14th, 17:12.1). PM’s final two runners were sophomores Matthew Hemmings (45th, 18:03.6), completing his first cross country season, and Landon Mahaffey (80th, 19:58.6).

In the girls’ race, Kensey May took off in the opening stretch and never let up, finishing in 18:42 to win by nearly a minute. Rappahannock County’s Rachel Weghorst placed second of 98 harriers in 19:40.2. GW’s Morgan Dalton, who beat May for the state title last year, finished sixth in 20:16.5.

Next in for the Blues were sophomores Koya Chandler (25th, 22:11.1) and Jillian Wheelock (27th, 22:13.2). Blues following Wheelock were sophomore Sadie Dryden (44th, 23:20.7) and junior Cloey Mazingo (58th, 24:14.1).

For the full story and photos from the state meet, with comments from PM head coach Chris Poluikis and the May siblings, please see our Nov. 20 newspaper.  

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