Prep cross country: Jacket girls repeat
BELMONT, W.Va. – Williamstown’s girls won the team title again and Ritchie County senior Johnny Hogue repeated while helping the Rebels to a crown here on a wet and cool Thursday evening at Abicht’s Landing during the Little Kanawha Conference’s cross country championships. The Yellowjackets girls, led by first team all-conference efforts from runner-up Cami Mosser (21:23), seventh-place Andrea Chidester (22:28), eighth-place Allie Robinson (22:34) and 11th-place Shealee Mosser (23:04), topped Ravenswood in the team standings, 38-66.
However, Red Devil junior Hailey Miller was the individual champion and beat Cami Mosser by nine seconds. Doddridge County freshman Megan Carder finished in 21 minutes and 34 seconds to take third. Ravenswood Taylor Treadway (21:52) and Webster County’s Samantha Stout (22:14) rounded out the top five.
“It (conditions) was a lot better today than the other one (Autumn Classic),” said Miller. “It was less muddy. It was still hard though.”
Carder ran out to an early lead, but couldn’t hold it against Miller, who is ranked third in Class AA/A.
“I let her go and then on the hill I knew I could catch her,” Miller added.
Hogue was challenged throughout by Webster County’s Brettley Harris, but the Rebel stayed strong and finished in 16 minutes and 51 seconds. Harris was four seconds back.
“Well, the main thing was to keep injury free because this race is important, but I’m more focused on the regional for the team,” Hogue admitted. “I just wanted to make sure I ran it safely and didn’t get hurt on the course.”
Daniel Cooper posted a time of 17:35 and finished third for the Rebels, who knocked off defending champion Williamstown, 52-66. Ritchie County’s Hunter Deem was 10th with a time of 18:43. Webster County just missed out on runner-up team honors with 68. Wirt County, which was one runner short of being able to compete as a team, received a time of 17 minutes and 39 seconds from 11th-grader Glenn McMillan, who finished fourth.
The top dozen finishers earn first team all-LKC accolades. In the boys race, that group also included Williamstown’s Chandler Antill (5th, 17:59), Webster County teammates Austin Hayes (6th, 18:04) and Kyle Humphrey (12th, 19 ), Roane County teammates Caleb Pell (7th, 18:12) and Caleb Shirey (11th, 19 ) as well as Doddridge County’s Trey Heaster (8th, 18:19) and Braxton County’s Seth Backus (9th, 18:42).
Also claiming first team honors for the girls were Tyler Consolidated’s Amber Watson (6th, 22:28), Ritchie County’s Sarah Cokeley (9th, 22:51), Braxton County’s Kate Golinsky (10th, 22:59) and Doddridge County’s Savanah Ferguson (12th, 23:07).