The past weekend may have been a slow week as far as the number of meets, but the times posted were not slow.
Cody Pelliccioni, a junior from Morgantown, followed up his win at the Red, White, and Blue Classic with another dominating performance at the Mountaintop Combo held at Preston High School in Kingwood. Pelliccioni, posting a 16:23, ran away from the field in convincing fashion for a 23 second victory over 2nd place finisher Dayton McVicker (16:46) of Fairmont Senior.
Lydia Martinelli, a senior from University High School, was just as impressive as she took first place honors at the Mountaintop Combo with a 34 second victory in 20:17 over Molly Summers of Grafton who crossed the finish line in 20:51.
Moving into the #2 spot for the girl’s rankings is Sami Harris a freshman from Charleston Catholic with her victory at the Battle Run Invitational held at Nicholas County Cross Country course in Summersville. Running 3 days later in the Ripley Covered Bridge Invitational she took 2nd place in 20:11 to Maggie Drazba, a freshman, of St. Marys. Drazba took top honors with her winning time of 20:02. Drazba has had several top finishes this year including an earlier victory in the A/AA race at the Geico Classic.
Forest Festival, held in Elkins, showcased several of the top ranked runners for the year and it did not disappoint. Alex Dent , a senior from Hurricane, and the #3 ranked girl won the big invitational against some stiff competition with a time of 21:09. Brandon Doughty, a junior, from Jefferson and the 3rd ranked boy took the boy’s race by 34 seconds in 17:40.
Here are the boy’s individual rankings:
Here is the girl’s list of the complete rankings: