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Comet girls win first Piedmont district meet

SoVaNow.com / September 02, 2013
Halifax County High School established some new athletic history Wednesday, handily winning its first Piedmont district girls’ cross country meet.

The Comet girls had the low score in the four-team affair, with 34 points.

Patrick County was second, with 50 points. GW-Danville placed third, with 68, and Tunstall had 147.

“This was our first experience with a Piedmont District meet with half of the schools being there. Patrick County decided to do a two-mile race since it was early in the season, so we had to adjust our race strategy a bit. Add to that the fact that we had about a two-hour bus ride, the girls had about ten to fifteen minutes to warm up before the meet, and there was a little anxiety on our part. But you play the victim and you will be the victim. We got everyone to clear their heads and we were able to have a very solid race from our top runners,” said Comet coach Brady Taylor.

“Some of our new runners are still learning race strategy and their pace. We are trying to get them to focus their body and mind so they will be able to perform at the peak of their abilities. All of that will come in time.

“Even though we won on the girls side we still have room to grow so we are excited about that. And the guys are coming along considering the amount of our top seven that we lost to graduation from last year. If everyone continues to put in a solid effort everyday for us we will continue to improve on our results,” said Taylor.

Here are the top girls’ cross country results: GW’s Alliyah Kautzman led the pack with a time of 14:26. Halifax’s Emma Worsley led the Comets with a 15:01. Jessica Hinds was seventh in 15:58. Mary Popek placed eighth in the meet with a 16:05. Lucy Morrison was ninth in 16:10. Paige Nichols was 11th in 16:11. Ada Mabe (JV) was 12th in 16:15. Baylee Snead was 14th in 16:25.



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