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Gabe Pool of the HCHS’ boys team and Comet runner Emma Worsley compete in the home meet. (David Conner II photos) / September 16, 2013
The Halifax County High School girls’ cross country narrowly prevailed, but the Eagles prevailed against the Comet boys in Piedmont regular season district action against GW in action at home on Wednesday.

Running at the spacious Edmunds Park course, the HCHS girls narrowly defeated GW, 28-33. Magna Vista trailed the pack, with 78 points.

The Comets clearly have some work ahead on the girls’ side, with GW-Danville contesting this meet closely.

The Comet boys lost to GW on their home course.

GW led the boys’ meet with 37 points, to 40 for HCHS and 51 for Magna Vista.

As for the girls, HCHS harrier Emma Worsley led the way with a second place run of 24:44.

Jessica Hinds was fifth, in 26:37, while Paige Nichols was sixth, at 27:25.

Gabby Nelson was seventh, with a run of 27:36. Bailey Snead was eighth, at 27:45, and Lucy Morrison ninth, with a time of 27:46.

Mary Popek was tenth, in 28:09 Berkley Conner was 11th, in 28:32 and Lindsey Handy finished 13th, in 29 minutes. Hailey Worlsey was 14th, in 29:00, with Lexi Barron 15th (30:11) and Grace Davis 16th (31:14).

Taylor explained the approach of the coaching staff from the girls’ meet.

Taylor said the Comets still have work to do to reach their goals.

The first goal is to win the Piedmont district. But HCHS also has to be one of the top two teams in the follow-up conference competition to advance to regional competition.

“It’s going to be a very competitive conference, especially on the girls’ side,” said Taylor. “We feel like we’ve got one of the best girls teams we’ve ever had, top to bottom.”

HCHS also had a tough schedule last week, including a race Monday at the Granville Invitational.

— BOYS SIDE: Gabe Paul led the Comet boys with a third place effort, in 20:29. Here are the rest of the top 15 results for the Comet boys: Ford Morrison, sixth, 21:45; Andrew Liegey, eighth, 22:15; Andrew Hudson, 22:31; Matthew Bain, 13th, 23:29; Nocco Lawrence, 14th, 23:31 and Brian DeBow, 15th, 23:29.

Taylor noted of the boys’ run, “We’re not excited about (the close loss to GW).”

He said the Comets need to push harder and he’s looking for a positive run.

“We’ve got good group of guys, willing to work hard, willing to put in the time. We’ll get there,” said Taylor, who noted it’s still early in the cross country calendar.

Austine Lowe was 17th, in 24:48. David Hansen was 20th in 25:20.

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