We are pleased to recognize the top 10 girls and boys of the AAA State Cross Country Meet which earned All-State honors.
Top 10 Girls in AAA Achieving All-State in Cross Country
Alex Dent, a senior, from Hurricane in her last attempt at a State title came away with the victory in a heavy downpour in the first race of the day with a convincing 26 second finish with a time of 19:16. Dent came in as one of the favorites and pulled away from a strong field. Senior Chelsea Clark of Fairmont Senior nudged 2 time defending State Champion Letita Propst, a junior, from Elkins as they both crossed in 19:42.
Jorden Thornton, the only freshman in girls AAA to claim All-State and representing the host school of Cabell Midland took 4th place 4 seconds back in 19:46. 5th place went to Lydia Martinelli, a senior from University, with a time of 19:48. Senior Andrea Nickerson of Jefferson would be the first of 3 girls from State Champion Jefferson to earn All-State with her 6th place finish in 19:54. Bridgeport sophomore Erica Voreh was the last runner under 20 minutes in 19:59 claiming 7th place.
8th and 9th place runners from Jefferson were senior Alyssa Boucher and junior Lindsey Hash with identical times of 20:03. Earning the last All-State title by 8 seconds over the 11th place finisher was junior Carissa Guyer of Hampshire in 20:07.
Top 10 Boys in AAA Earning All-State in Cross Country
Taking the top spot in West Virginia's largest classification was junior Brandon Doughty of Jefferson. Doughty came into the race seeded 3rd, but had made continued improvements during the year and his victory was only a minor upset. Doughty's time of 16:32 in a pouring rain produced a victory margin was 19 seconds as he pulled away from defending State Chammpion Cody Pelliccioni, a junior, of Morgantown in the last 800 meters. Pelliccioni was a gracious runner-up and took the 2nd spot in 16:51.
The 3rd consecutive junior to finish, 2nd seeded Dayton McVicker of Fairmont Senior, was the last runner to break 17 minutes in the horrid conditions with a time of 16:56. 4th seeded Lucas Greza a senior from Morgantown took 4th place in 17:00. 5th place belonged to senior Logan Wojcik of Wheeling Park with a time of 17:08. Cabell Midland runners freshman Jacob Burcham and sophomore Tyler Salmons took 6th and 7th only 1 second apart in 17:10 and 17:11 respectively.
Grabbing the 8th spot was Patrick Stanton a Fairmont Senior junior with a time of 17:20. Senior Andy Bailey (17:24) of St. Albans and junior Austin Rigsby (17:25) of Musselman gathered in the last two spots on the podium.
Congratulations to the AAA All-State designation earners.