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Cross country notebook / September 07, 2017

Halifax County High School competed in a cross country meet Tuesday facing some strong competition, with a high number of harriers in the action.

One harrier to watch was Halifax County product Henry Stevens, who runs for the Danville’s Galileo team. Stevens is one of the best runners in the state in the 1-A VHSL classification.

Stevens won the boys meet easily, recording a time of 18:05.

Stevens is a senior and has high aspirations again. He is looking forward to some faster courses, with the idea of dropping his time into the 16- and perhaps even 15-minute range.

His future plans include running cross country in college, with a variety of options.

Stevens was the state 1-A runnerup last year and expects to be very competitive again. He has some tough competition, including a top runner from Auburn High School.

Stevens’ career best is 16:36 in Greensboro, N.C.

He was challenged by the Edmunds Park course. “There’s some big hills out there that’ll really kick you around if you let them,” said Stevens. “You’ve got to power through that.”

Top Comet finishes:

Abby Casen had the top finish for the Halifax girls, finishing 14th in 28:23.

“I had to pace myself. I started a little bit too fast, but I kind of slowed down. I kept my pace and I ended up getting a better time (than the last home meet),” she said.

“We’re doing pretty well this year. My times are better than they were last year,” said Casen.

Jax Bosiger was the top boys’ finisher, eighth with a time of 20:03.

Bosiger said he’s getting more accustomed to the rigors of cross country as the season moves forward.

He hopes the Comets move closer to winning the district as the season unfolds.

NOTEBOOK: Bassett runner Abbie Layne has local ties. The Bassett girl had the third-fastest time with a 25:09.

Galileo runner Mary McLaughlin competed with strong hustle and finished 35th in the girls field with a time of 34:37. She is the daughter of Tom McLaughlin and Eva Cassada.

The Palmore family was out in force to see Jake and Maggie Arnold, who compete for Bassett. These are the children of Jim and Brandi Arnold. She is the Bassett cross country coach.

Jake Arnold ran a 38:53 and finished 83rd. Maggie ran a 43:33 and finished 54th.

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