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Comet boys win cross country meet

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Drew Salley leads runners in a recent cross country meet at Edmunds Park.
SoVaNow.com / October 24, 2019
Halifax County High School, led by Andrew Salley, won Tuesday’s cross country tri-meet.

Salley won the meet with a time of 18.20 over the 5K course. Halifax scored 26 points to win the team competition. Finishing ion second place was Bassett with a team score of 58 and Patrick County was third with 66.

Will Van Opstal ran fourth, with a time of 20.12. Chase Powell (7th), James Francis (8th), Kelly Featherston (9th) and Nathan Comer (14th) helped lead the Comets to the boys’ side win.

The girls were second in the meet with a team total of 39 points, behind Patrick County with 21 points. Magna Vista was third with 69 points.

Mallory Salley led the Comet effort with a fourth place finish at 24.23. Lydia Wenzel was fifth in 24.59. Abby Casen ran sixth, followed by Jaci Parham in 12th, Morgan Crenshaw in 14th and Jenna Hall at 15th.

“We had an extremely solid meet. Multiple season PR’s [personal records], first in the guys race, second in the ladies. And Drew had his second straight overall win,” said Comet head coach David Riddle.

“Coach Saunders and I have preached all year how we should be peaking at this time of the year and we are getting there. We are still looking to bring times even more next week at the Piedmont Championship since we saw the Smith River course this week and now the whole team is familiar with it,” Riddle continued.

“Next week we will see the entire district for the first time in awhile at the championship. We have moved our way up all season and will look for a strong finish there both as a team and individually as we also prepare for regionals,” said Riddle.

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