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Comets finish second in cross country meet

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Top, Will van Opstal and Ethan Kirkhart finished second and third overall for the boys. Above, Kate Bishop finished fourth overall for the girls and Lydia Wenzel finished 10th. Bottom / September 30, 2021
The Halifax County High School girls and boys cross country teams finished second Tuesday in its only home meet of the season at Paul C. Edmunds Park.

Coach David Riddle said both teams performed well on the day.

“Tuesday was a pretty solid day for us,” Riddle said. “This was the first meet that we had been able to host at Edmunds in two years. With the shortened season due to COVID last school year we were not able to have one here.”

Will van Opstal running a time of 19:45.72 and Ethan Kirkhart with a time of 19:45.81 placed second and third, individually.

“Justin (Pool) had yet another strong top 15 finish as well,” Riddle said. Pool ran a time of 20:27.47.

On the girls side Kate Bishop placed fourth with a time of 24:50.06. “Kate led the way; Lydia (Wenzel), Morgan (Crenshaw), and Mallory (Salley) continued their trend of top 15 finishes also,” Riddle said.

He and girls coach Michelle Palmore are very happy with the progress the team is making.

“Coach Palmore and I were extremely pleased,” Riddle said of Tuesday. “We are working our way closer to Tunstall on the guys side and continuing to push Bassett on the ladies side as well.

“We are going to work on narrowing our gaps between our own runners as we head into the second half and start to prepare for the postseason.”

The Comets are back on the course on Oct. 5 when they travel to George Washington High School.

Comet boys: #2 Will van Opstal, 19:45.72; #3 Ethan Kirkhart, 19:45.81; #8 Justin Pool, 20:27.47; #17 Henry Midkiff, 22:04.78; #21 Preston Simpson, 23:25.22; #22 Erik Hudgins, 23:36.07.

Comet girls: #4 Bethani Bishop, 24:50.06; #10 Lydia Wenzel, 26:43.54; #11 Morgan Crenshaw, 27:04.75; #13 Mallory Salley, 28:42.55; #17 Ashley Irby, 30:59.25; #21 Alayna Newby, 31:48.57; #27 Jaci Parham, 33:23.17; #28 Jenna Hall, 33:52.34.

Eighth grade: Brennan Hunt 22:12, Cole Johnson 27:18 and Joel Layne 27:36.

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