PM Boys Seventh Of 46

May Siblings Place Fifth And Seventh at Knights Crossing

Taking on tough competitors from several states, the Parry McCluer and Rockbridge County high school cross country teams had strong showings at the Knights Crossing Invitational on Saturday at Green Hill Park in Salem.

The invitational gave the runners a chance to preview the state meet course at Green Hill Park, which was modified some from last year. The state meet has generally taken place at Great Meadow in The Plains, but Green Hill Park will be the new location for Class 1, 2 and 3.

Of the local teams from the Rockbridge area, the PM boys had the top finish of the day, placing seventh of 46 teams in the Red (varsity) race with 273 points. Oakton won the race with 72 points, McCallie School placed second with 149, and Cardinal Gibbons (166) finished third.

PM head coach Chris Poluikis said his boys, coming off a win in their first meet, the Giles Invitational, the week before, “are just continuing to do well.” The Blues’ key rivals in the Class 1 state title race were there, with Auburn finishing closest to PM by placing 16th with 546 points.

Cardinal Gibbons runner Carson Williams won the boys’ race, completing the flat and fast 5-kilometer course in 15:31.6.

Leading the Blues was Dylan May, placing fifth of 395 harriers in a personal-record (PR) time of 16:04.6. Teammate Trevor Tomlin finished 55th in 17:21.9, and Cooper Braddy followed in 66th in 17:29.2.

In his first time running the course, PM’s Kedryn Chandler finished 70th in 17:31.5. Blues following Chandler were Brenden Plogger (80th, 17:43) and first-year harrier Matthew Hemmings (176th, 18:45.5).

While the Blues are in great shape as a team, each of his runners has goals to focus on, according to their coach “Individually, there are aspirations we can work toward,” he said.

The RC boys finished 33rd with 889 points, and several runners recorded PRs.

Between boys’ and girls’ varsity and junior varsity races, RC had 23 runners record PRs, with several of the freshmen dropping as much as eight minutes off their best times. “I guess you could say this was a coach’s dream race,” RC head coach Julie Tisone said.

Tisone said the Wildcats had several goals for this race, including to target times and keep several “Cat packs” together. “The runners really responded and met these goals,” she said. “It was a great early season meet.”

Josh Wawrzyniak led the RC boys, placing 52nd in a PR 17:19.2. The Wildcat’s second finisher was John Ryan Sedovy (135th, 18:25.2), and teammate Kyle Kendall followed in 275th in 20:00.7. Wildcats following Kendall were Adam Saacke (315th, 20:58.4), John Maxwell Pearson (332nd, 21:26.6), Jackson West (373rd, 23:18.1) and Patrick Calomeris (374th, 23:26.8).

In the girls’ Red race, the Wildcats placed 25th of 41 teams with 715 points. Dobyns-Bennett won the race with 60 points, Blacksburg (75) placed second, and Milton (199) finished third.

Virginia High School’s Kelsey Harrington won the race in 17:13.5, the fastest 5K time in the state this year. Karalyn Timmes led the Wildcats, placing 91st of 334 harriers in 21:45.8, and her younger sister Megan Timmes followed in 105th in 21:59.6. Liesel Nelson was RC’s third finisher, coming in 181st 23:31.6, and teammate Aili Waller finished 201st in 24:13.2. Rounding out the varsity squad were a trio of freshmen: Elizabeth McClung (209th, 24:18.6), Grace Rollins (228th, 24:46.1) and Ellie Mastin (253rd, 25:17.8).

The PM girls brought four runners, missing the fifth runner to count in the team standings. Kensey May led the way, placing seventh in 18:18.4, just off her PR. Teammate Jillian Wheelock followed in 179th in 23:29.4. Returning from a hip injury was Sadie Dryden, who came in 216th in 24:33.7. The Blues’ final runner was Cloey Mazingo (239th, 25:03.1).

The Blues expect to have a full team soon when Koya Chandler returns from injury.

The Blues will compete at Covington today at 4:30 p.m. Next up they’ll play host for the only home meet of the season, scheduled for next Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 4:30 p.m. at Glen Maury Park.

The Wildcats will race against district rivals today at 5 p.m. at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg before competing at the Clash With the Titans at Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke on Saturday.

Wildcats Compete At Spotswood

In a Valley District tri-meet last Wednesday in Grottoes, the RC boys placed second of three teams, and the Lady Wildcats finished third. Both teams were missing several runners who were out sick on this very hot afternoon.

The RC boys scored 57 points, finishing behind host Spotswood, which had the top eight finishers and a perfect score of 15 points. TA (70) finished third.

Spotswood’s Ethan Duncan won the race, finishing the flat and fast 5K in 17:39.

Pierson Hull led the Wildcats, placing ninth of 35 runners in 19:57. Teammate Owen Hall followed in 12th in 20:56. Wildcats following Hall were Kendall (16th, 21:48), Saacke (19th, 22:387), Pearson (21st, 23:38), Jacob Ivins (24th, 24:02) and Calomeris.

The RC girls tallied 55 points, finishing behind team winner Spotswood (27) and runner-up TA (48).

Spotswood’s Mary Milby won the girl’ race in 21:23, over a minute ahead of second place. Megan Timmes led the Wildcats, placing sixth in 23:58. Finishing close to each other were Wildcats Nelson (eighth, 25:36) and McClung (ninth, 25:48). Wildcats following McClung were Mastin (14th, 26:59), Rollins (20th, 29:15), Abby Hickman (21st, 30:49) and Jessa Hoover (22nd, 30:50).

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