Midland boys, Hurricane girls top cross country
ONA — Cabell Midland’s boys and Hurricane’s girls won team championships Thursday in the West Virginia Class AAA Region IV cross country meet.
Cabell Midland, led by sophomore Nick Salmons, won with 25 points. The Knights had six runners in the top 10. Salmons covered the 5K course in a personal-best time of 16:12.
“His best race of the season,” Cabell Midland coach Chris Parsons said.
On the girls side, senior Tori Dent led Hurricane to a win over Putnam County rival Winfield. The Redskins had 26 points and the Generals 31. Dent had a personal-best 18:57 and freshman teammate Anna Gordon placed second (19:02).
“I was primed. I wanted this one and I wanted to break 19 minutes,” said Dent, who was competing in her final regional.
Brandon Atkinson came in fourth for Cabell Midland and led its charge to victory. Jonathan Hathaway was fifth, Hunter Adkins seventh, Eric Wooten eighth and Austin Jarrell ninth.
Salmons said he felt in control about halfway through the race. He kept the title in the Cabell Midland family as Jacob Burcham won the past three years. He’s now at the University of Oklahoma.
“Going up the hill I could tell it could be my day,” Salmons said.
The top three teams and top 10 individuals qualify for the state meet Saturday, Nov. 2, at Cabell Midland.
Looking ahead to the state, Cabell Midland and Hurricane are ranked No. 2 in Class AAA. The Knights will be chasing University and the Redskins will be pursuing Morgantown.
“This is when you want your best times,” Salmons said. “The win is all I thought it would be. We’ve come a long way. We’ll see what happens next Saturday.”
Dent had a tough act to follow as her sister Alex won the Class AAA title in 2009.
Nine of the top 10 finishers came from either Hurricane or Winfield. For Hurricane, Krissy Rich was fifth and Abbie Short seventh. For Winfield, Brittney McMillion was third, Alyssa Rittinger fourth, Rachael Englund sixth and Barkley Castro seventh.
Hannah Morgan came in ninth to lead the Cabell Midland girls.
In Class AA-A girls, Wayne runner Kylie Rutherford won the Region IV race at Ripley. Her time was 21:10.
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