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Comet cross country struggles on challenging GW course / September 06, 2018
Halifax County High School cross country finished fourth on the boys side and third in girls competition in more challenging conditions at GW Danville Tuesday.

Franklin County won the boys’ side with 15 points and Bassett had 50. Tunstall had 75 and Halifax had 105.

Franklin County won the girl’s side with 20 points, followed by Bassett with 56 in second place and Halifax with 87 in third.

“The GW course was by far the toughest we have ran this year. They remodified it to make it more challenging and succeeded. The coaches told us from the start that there would likely be very few if any PRs out there, and that was the case across the board, not just from us,” said coach David Riddle.

“Still, even though the times were slower, we felt that the team put in a much more solid effort today than what we saw from them at Smith River on Thursday. There was more focus from the groups as a whole. Sure we would have liked to have seen times a little better, but the humidity and a course with hardly no shade and the amount of hills make for a tough day in that category. Days like today will benefit us tremendously though when we get to the latter part of the year,” said Riddle.

“We were pleased to have two runners place in the top 15 with Abby at 11 in the girls race and Will 15 for the guys. And we have a few others that are getting closer as well. We want to get back to our situation over the past few years of having multiple runners up there each and every week. This group has the potential to get there if they keep pushing themselves in practice and on meet day,” said Riddle.

Boys results: 15. Will van Opstal 22:11; James Harlow 23:51; Drew Salley 24:11; Jonathan Thornhill 24:35; Ben Irby 24:40; J.T. Francis 24:42; Holden Francis 24:55; Hunter Powell 26:04; Luke Redd 26:07; Tyler Hudson 26:19; Kobe Epps 26:26; Cale Newton 26:43; Nick Harris 26:55; Trevor Riddle 28:10; Jake Carr 28:55; Ethan Martin 29:38; Nate Comer 30:22; Andrew Hansen 32:08.

Girls results: 11. Abby Casen 27:49; Lydia Wenzel 29:20; Ella Morrison 31:42; Chloe Lacks 32:55; Janae Hansen 33:29; Maci Henderson 34:47; Summer Lacks 35:55; Ashley Irby 39:50; Cheyenne McElroy 46:33; Jamie Shelton 47:53.

In middle school action, Hailey Howard had a 34:54 and Savannah Patterson turned in a 37:57.

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