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SoVaNow.com / August 27, 2014Halifax County High School cross country has some holes to fill in its lineup of girls and boys harriers.
With 16 members on the girls team and 20 on the boys side, the 2014 Comets are once again a large squad.
Newcomers will be asked to contribute right away this year as Halifax lost most of the top seven boys and girls to graduation.
Returning to lead the Comet Boys squad are senior, Andrew Liegey, sophomore Ford Morrison and junior Andrew Hudson.
The girls team will see second-year runners, Hailey Worsley, Gabby Nelson, Paige Nichols and Ada Mabe along with fourth year Lucy Morrison pacing the way.
Newcomers to watch for the boys include Jakob Markham, Jackson Bosiger, Kenneth Haris, Ethan Blanks, Nick Rosche, and Brent Edwards. Grant Nichols, Dillon Berry, Ron Lipscomb, Jacob McKinney, and Gordon Taylor will also push to make the top seven runners along with returning runners Austine Lowe, Seth Epperson, Thomas Satterfield, Matthew Bain, and Sebastian Taylor.
Sophomore Tristain Yesalavech is a new member on the boys roster.
The girls squad has a good mix of newcomers and returning runners that will compete to fill out the top seven spots including: Berkley Conner, Grace Davis, Hailey Prevett, and Raeanne Hudson returning and Heather Griles, Jules Prevett, Jessica Meyers and Vitoria DeOliveria competing for the first time.
The Lady Comets also have two eighth-grade runners, Isabel Rosche and Virginia Roberts competing in jayvee races this year.
“Unfortunately, the injury bug has already hit both the boys and girls teams as David Hansen and Lexi Barron have been knocked out of competition. Hopefully we can get Hansen back at some point this season, but Lexi is done for the year. Both runners would have been well inside the top seven this season if healthy and probably contribute to the top five,” said coach Brady Taylor.
“The schedule this year is comparable to what we ran last year, competing against mainly Piedmont District schools, with a few outside races thrown in the mix.
“The good thing is that we host both the district and Conference 16 races at Edmonds Park this year so that has allowed us to host a few more home meets as well, since everybody wants to see the course. We are really looking forward to the Comet Invitational Race on Sept. 27 and hope to have all the district, conference and a few other teams show up to run,” said Taylor.
“The biggest thing we need to focus on in the early part of the season is convincing the new runners that 3.1 miles is not that far of a run. Once they get over the mental hurdle, there’s no telling how good we could be this year. Our girls team has some returning runners that were near the top of the team last year, but we’ll be asking a little more from them this season. We could have up to five first-year runners in the top seven for the boys this season, so we expect some inconsistencies in placements along the way, but as long as we continue improving and learning each time out, we’ll be OK. come October,” said Taylor.
“We’ll train them with the conference and regional meets in mind and continue to pace for a good showing in those meets. I’m sure there will be a few more ups and downs than we had last year as we go through the learning process, but if we stay focused, good things lay ahead,” said Taylor.
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