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Salley second in Piedmont District cross country finals

SoVaNow.com / November 04, 2019
Halifax County High School cross country rolled to a successful outing Tuesday at the Piedmont District meet at the Smith River facility in Henry County.

Four Comets earned medals and the boys were close to a second place finishing effort.

Drew Salley finished second overall and Will van Opstal earned a medal for his 13th place effort. Mallory Salley and Lydia Wenzel also medaled for the Comet girls.

“On the guys side it was a huge day for Drew finishing second overall. That was our best individual finish in several years at the district finals. And he was only about 30 seconds off the leader. He kept him in his sights all race.

“This race should be a huge momentum boost for him heading into regionals. Will also had a great day placing as a medalist with his 13th place finish. He had an injury plagued second half of last year hamper what started out as a promising beginning so to come back this year and have a solid year speaks volumes for the work he puts in. And the entire guys team pushed hard today. We were a couple of individual positions away from having a second place team finish,” said coach David Riddle.

“On the ladies side we were able to have Mallory and Lydia medal and have one of our better days individually that we have had all year. The entire top seven group had better times this week on the Smith River course than they did last week on the exact same course. They are beginning to see times go down tremendously due to the solid work in practice,” said Riddle.

“While we didn’t win today, we had a highly successful outing. Coach Saunders and myself talked all week about putting our best foot forward in the postseason and looking for personal bests. A good chunk of the team had either their season or career PR’s out there today. We are going to push even harder to do that again next week and have a successful outing at regionals,” said Riddle.

D. Salley placed second, 17.45.17. van Opstal posted a time of 19:32.07. Chase Powell was 18th in 20:17.90. James Francis was 19th in 20:25.69.

On the girls’ side, Mallory Salley was 11th in 23:48.16. Lydia Wenzel was 12th in 24.05.94. Abby Casen ran 19th in 26:48.74.

The Comet boys were fourth with 72 points. Bassett won the boys’ meet with 32 points. The girls were also fourth with 87 points. Bassett won the girls’ side with 24 points.

In middle school action, HCMS’ Emma placed ninth in 17.25.50.

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