Weekend Rundown In West Virginia XC

Weekend rundown of West Virginia high school cross country action for the third Saturday of September.

Ripley Covered Bridge Invitational

Ripley senior Tori Starcher defended her home course by taking victory at the Ripley Covered Bridge Invitational at Cedar Lakes on Saturday.

Starcher, a senior, won with a time of 19:02.69 to best second-place finisher Rachel Withrow, of Winfield, by more than a minute.

In addition to Withrow, Winfield's Kaylei Jordan and Miriam Al-Zoubi finished in the top 10 to lead the Generals to a four-point victory against Putnam County rival Hurricane. Freshman Audrey Hall and sophomore Asha Bora placed third and fourth, respectively, to lead the Redskins.

Cabell Midland placed third in team standings, with host Ripley fourth.

Hurricane senior Wyatt Hanshaw won the boys race with a time of 16:24.78, as the Redskins placed third in team standings.

Cabell Midland placed three runners in the top 10 paced by sophomore Cooper Gibson, with a time of 16:36.29, to win the team title.

Winfield's Matthew Scheneberg placed second in 16:31.70 as the Generals finished second as a team.

The Ripley middle school girls claimed a commanding victory with 34 points to second-place finisher Hurricane's 90. Milton placed third.

Individually, Ripley eighth-grader Ellie Hosaflook won with a time of 11:34.63. Three other Ripley runners placed among the top five.

On the boys side, Hurricane captured a narrow victory, edging Park Junior High by four points and Winfield by five.

Hurricane eighth-grader Aaron Kidd led the Redskins, with his third-place finish in 10:56.62.

Winfield eighth-graders Brayden Marshall and Justin Lipscomb finished one-two, with respective times of 10:33.05 and 10:48.10.

Bearcat Invitational

Fairmont Senior swept the individual and team awards in the boys and girls varsity races with seniors Ethan Kincell and Carlina Jacquez claiming victories.

Kincell paced the field with a time of 16:23, besting second-place finisher Carter Lipscomb, of Doddridge County, by 25 seconds. Meanwhile, Jacquez claimed first place with a time of 21:20, a 21-second margin of victory.

Four freshmen from four different schools followed Jacquez in Cadence Vincent (Buckhannon-Upshur), Kendra Rogucki (Grafton), Erin Frosch (Notre Dame) and Emily Gola (Doddridge).

Junior Addison Berdine led runner-up Elkins with a sixth-place finish.

In addition to Kincell, Fairmont Senior runners Logan Zuchelli and Tyler Hayes placed in the top five.

Behind Fairmont Senior, Frankfort and Doddridge placed second and third in team standings.

Doddridge also won the girls middle school race, with seventh-graders Katie Cottrill and Cassie Cumberledge finishing one-two. Cottrill won with a time of 11:59.

Suncrest Junior High runner Jennifer Opalko placed third helping her squad to a second-place team finish. Jenna Barnett paced third-place Trinity Christian with a fourth-place finish.

In the boys middle school race, Suncrest took first with Elkins second and Trinity Christian third.

Zach Workman, of Trinity Christian, won the individual title, with a time of 11:41. Tyler Consolidated sixth-grader Amos Kimble placed second in 11:52, with Elkins seventh-grader Isaac Anger third in 11:59.

Suncrest captured the boys and girls titles in the junior varsity middle school races, with Elkins placing second in each event. Bridgeport finished third in the girls race, with Taylor third in boys standings.

In the boys race, Suncrest posted the top five finishes, with seventh-grader Alex Gilcrest winning in a time of 13:26. Addi Smith and Grace Yan placed one-two in the girls race, as Smith won with a time of 15:04.

Calhoun Invitational

Wood County Christian freshman Lacey Dimit won the girls varsity race with an overall time of 23:13.72, with Calhoun sophomore Savannah Cunningham second in 24:39.22.

Clay County finished three, four, five individually led by senior Madelyn Kilpatrick in 24:56.08, as Clay took the team title. Calhoun finished second.

In the boys race, Wirt County, with four runners among the top 10, edged Clay by five points for the team win, with Gilmer County third.

Clay freshman Jack Haverty won individually with a time of 19:44.12. 

Sophomore Alexander Petrovsky placed second to pace Wirt with a time of 19:56.41. Wood County Christian sophomore Michael Cline placed third in 20:15.75.

In the girls middle school 3K race, Braxton won by placing four runners among the top 10, including the second-, third- and fourth-place spots, led by sixth-grader Addison Lloyd in 14:05.18.

Mountaineer eighth-grader Destiny Berryman won with a time of 13:51.28, to help her team to a second-place finish. Wirth placed third in team standings.

On the boys side, Clay seventh-grader Sawyer Dobbins won with a time of 12:43.56 to lead his squad to a team victory.

Braxton's Devin Bush finished second in 13:06.56, and Mountaineer eighth-grader Jenson Dodd placed third in 13:31.69.

Mountaineer and Wirt finished second and third, respectively, in team standings.

46th annual Giovanni's Pizza Boyd County Invitational (KY)

Spring Valley sophomore Elizabeth Meade placed 13th in 23:17.09, as the Timberwolves placed fourth in team standings.

In the girls middle school race, Huntington and Huntington East placed one-two in team standings. Huntington sixth-grader Claire Johnson led all WV runners with a fifth-place finish in 14:18.37. 

Other top WV runners included: Teays Valley seventh-grader Carleigh Lewis, ninth; Huntington eighth-grader Lillian Sadler, 10th; St. Joseph seventh-grader Rachel Moran, 11th; and Huntington East eighth-grader Mackenzie Sawyers, 12th.

Our Lady of Fatima seventh-grader Sophia Kluemper led her team in 20:50.04, as the squad placed seventh.

In the boys middle school race, Our Lady of Fatima's Logan Prater finished third individually with a time of 12:31.31. Huntington won the team title, with Huntington East second.

Zayne Roberts paced Huntington, with Jacob Elwood leading Huntington East.

For the girls elementary race, St. Joseph fifth-grader Madeline Garcia led all WV runners with a time of 17:24.99 in the 3200-meter run. St. Joseph's Rian Arora placed 12th to lead all WV runners in the boys race.

Bob Reall Lancaster Invitational (OH)

Williamstown junior Ella Hesson finished second overall in the Gold Division girls varsity race, with a time of 19:17.9, just seven seconds behind winner Audrey Bannister of Dublin Scioto (Ohio).

Chloe Lightfritz and Natalie Sawin also finished in the top 20 for Williamstown, as the team finished fourth in team standings.

Parkersburg freshman Allie Felker placed 43rd to lead the Big Reds to ninth in team standings.

In the Gold Division boys varsity race, Parkersburg teammates Franklin Angelos and Keegan Barnette finished sixth and eighth respectively, with times of 16:55.9 and 17:04.1, as the Big Reds placed eighth as a team.

Freshman Lily Floyd placed 28th individually in the Gold Division open girls varsity race with a time of 25:08.0. Sophomore Matt Carpenter paced the Parkersburg boys in the Gold Division open varsity race with a time of 20:35.4 for 41st overall.

For the Blue Division boys race, freshman Zachary Cannon led Williamstown to 12th place as a team with his 42nd place finish in 18:59.7.

In middle school races, Williamstown won the girls small school event and placed second in the boys small school race.

Seventh-grader Alyssa Sauro won, with a time of 12:12.2, as five Williamstown girls placed among the top 10. Fellow seventh-graders Ava Lightfritz and Shelby Smith finished second and third with respective times of 12:38.6 and 13:12.1.

William Coiner led the Williamstown boys in eighth place with a time of 12:29.3 followed by ninth-place finisher and teammate Julian Johnson in 12:30.8.

Meanwhile, Hamilton placed seventh in the middle school girls large school race and eighth in the boys large school event. Seventh-grader Olivia Carpenter led Hamilton on the girls side in 16th with a time of 15:41.1, and eighth-grader Jacob Copen paced the boys in 38th with a time of 13:32.5

Rio Grande Patty Forgey Cross Country Invitational

Riverside teammates Trevor Carson and Trenton Green finished third and fourth, less than a second apart, to pace the Warriors to a second-place team finish.

Carson finished in 17:19.59, edging Green's time of 17:19.96, as Riverside finished 11 points behind team champion Warren (Ohio).

In the girls race, Riverside junior Jacque Arrington finished 20th in 22:56.12.

In the middle school races, Barboursville eight-grader Tristan Blatt finished third in 11:17.33 to lead the Pirates to second place, while Audrey Adkins placed 10th in 14:16.48 as the Barboursville girls squad finished third.

Wendy's PikeView Invitational

Like Starcher, PikeView's Erin O'Sullivan defended her home course en route to victory.

O'Sullivan won, with a more than four-minute margin of victory, in 20:20.83, as Wyoming East freshman Abby Russell crossed next in 24:45.67.

Fellow Panthers runner Jillian Hager placed third, too, as PikeView won the team title with 28 points, ahead of Shady Spring and Greenbrier East, which both scored 46 points. Shady Spring took second via tiebreaker.

PikeView also won the boys team championship with Braden Ward and Logan Keaton placing two-three to lead the Panthers. Shady Spring freshman Jaeden Holsten captured the individual win by less than two seconds ahead of Ward.

Shady Spring placed second in team standings, with Oak Hill third.

Oak Hill eighth-grader Kyndall Ince placed second to lead her team to victory in the girls middle school race, a 3200-meter run. In total, Oak Hill placed three runners among the top 10.

Princeton's Asia Collins won with a time of 13:55.76, as the Tigers finished second in team standings. Seventh-grader Maddy Kinzer placed sixth to lead host PikeView to third.

In the boys middle school race, PikeView took first, with Trip Hill second and Shady Spring third.

Eighth-grader Jacob Dowdy, of Shady Spring, won the individual title with a time of 12:26.77

Princeton's Zack Neal placed second, while Matt Murphy paced team champ PikeView with a third-place finish.

Wheeling Park Fall Classic

Morgantown claimed the top three spots en route to a decisive victory against host Wheeling Park in the girls varsity race.

Morgantown's Lea Hatcher, Irene Riggs and Athena Young finished one-two-three in capturing the team win. Hatcher led all runners with a time of 18:21.42.

In total, Morgantown placed seven runners among the top 10 to finish with 20 points. Wheeling Park placed second with 69 and John Marshall third at 88.

Morgantown also captured the team crown in the boys varsity race with 23 points, beating host Wheeling Park with 43 and East Fairmont at 102.

Mohigan runners Jackson Core and Quinn Jacquez finished one-two to lead Morgantown, which posted six top-10 performances. Core won with a time of 17:15.43.

Sherrard Junior High posted a one-point victory against Triadelphia, with Cameron placing third in the girls middle school race.

Cameron's Maci Neely won the individual title with a time of 15:07.99, as Triadelphia's Addy Perks and Haylen Cook finished two-three.

Alanta Updegraff and Nia Miller placed six-seven to lead Sherrard to victory.

On the boys side, Warwood edged Triadelphia by three points for the team championship, with Warwood's Redick Moore winning the individual title in 13:08.97.

Linsly's Simon Schiebel finished second, with Bridge Street runner Nathan Bittinger third.