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Salley duo leads Comets in regional cross country

SoVaNow.com / November 11, 2019
The Halifax County High School cross country programs enjoyed some positives at Wednesday’s 4A Region D championships at Randolph Park in Dublin.

The Comet boys and girls finished seventh. Blacksburg captured the girls title, with 21 points, followed by Jefferson Forest with 45. Halifax had 190.

Blacksburg also captured the boys’ side, with 33 points. JF was again second, with 37. The Comets had 195 points.

“We knew going in that we were going to have our work cut out for us. 4D has traditionally been a tough region for years. Glass, Blacksburg, and JF are consistently solid and the other programs have been strong as well. We know what they are all about now and know what to look for in the future.

“The team competed and fought hard. There was no quit out there which is what we wanted to see,” said coach David Riddle.

For the girls, Mallory Salley was the highest finishing Comet, 29th, with a time of 23:57.30.

Lydia Wenzel placed 32nd, in 24:33.30. Five Comets placed between 42nd (Abby Casen, 27.57.70) and 46th (Susanna Watts, 31.28.40).

For the boys, Andrew Salley ran 22nd, completing the course in 17.38.70. Will van Opstal ran 40th, in 19.56.80. Chase Powell ran 42nd in 20.55.50.

“Drew had an awesome day but came up just short. To be five seconds from a spot in state is a hard pill to swallow, but also shows how hard he has worked. And he PR’ed yesterday. Drew has another season and we will use this as motivation for next year.” said Riddle.

“Coach Saunders and I are extremely proud of this entire group. We had a lot of newcomers and they grew as a team and on the individual side. We have a bright future ahead,” said Riddle.



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