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Comets fifth, fourth in district cross country championship / October 29, 2018
Halifax County High School cross country had a fifth place team finish for the boys and fourth for the girls last Tuesday at the Piedmont District championships at the Smith River Sports Complex in Martinsville.

Franklin County had 18 points and emerged as the boys’ district winner. Halifax placed fifth with 126 points.

Franklin County also won the district girls crown with 25 points, and Halifax had a fourth place effort with 85 points.

“We saw a lot of positives out there today. We were pleased to have both Abby Casen and Lydia Wenzel finish in the top 15 (girls meet). While this is a team sport and we always strive to succeed as a team, it is great to see these individual feats accomplished as well. Abby has worked herself below 24:00, and Lydia is right there as well. And the rest of the girls team saw times cut down also,” said coach David Riddle.

“On the guys side Drew Salley has himself below 20:00 and is running great right now. We have several other guys that are on the cusp of it and will look to do that at regionals next year,” said Riddle.

“We have set success at regionals as a goal all season. These guys will see the best competition that they have seen all year up there next week. That should push them as well. We are looking to obtain quite a few PR’s in Harrisonburg next Tuesday,” said Riddle. Abby Casen ran 13th in the district for the Comet girls, with a time of 23.53.67. Wenzel was 15th in 24.08.16. Ella Morrison was 20th in 26.18.70. Chloe Lacks ran 25th bin 28.30.57. Janae Hansen ran 27th in 29.33.45 and Maci Henderson was 29th in 31.37.28. Summer Lacks was 30th for the Comets in 31.52.12.

As for the boys’ side, Andrew Salley ran 21st in 19.52.14. Will van Opstal ran 23rd in 20.13.44. Holden Francis was 25th in 20.30.69. Ben Irby ran 27th in 20.50.11 and James Francis recorded a 30th place finish in 21.29.80.

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