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Salley wins district cross country meet / October 17, 2019
Halifax County High School had some major positives in the Piedmont District meet, including a first place boys individual finish for Drew Salley.

Salley outran the rest of the boys’ district competitors with an effort of Will Van Opstall was eighth fastest, in

Bassett raced to the district title in the boys’ competition, with 25 points. Halifax was second with 53 points, narrowly defeating Tunstall, which had 55 points.

On the girls side, the Comets were third in the team competition. Bassett won the team title, with 23 points, followed by Tunstall with 53. The Comets had 61 points.

Mallory Salley took third with a time of 24:01.6.

“This was a big day for Blue Comets cross country. Drew’s first place finish in a district meet was the first time that we have had that in a few years. We have consistently had runners in the top 15, and even the top five, but it has been a couple since we had a first. Me and Coach Saunders have instilled on Drew all season that he was capable, and today he showed it,” said coach David Riddle.

“He stuck with the top group for the first mile and then had a small lead at the two mile mark and just took off after that. To be able to pace himself and hold a big lead was huge for us. And the fact that they guys were able to as a team move out of third and into second speaks volumes for the work that they have put in as well.

“Mallory had a big day with her third place finish today as well. Like Drew, she stuck with the top pack the entire race and was able to pass for third in the last stretch of the race. And the girls team as a whole pushed themselves individually more than we have seen all year. They got out there and ran their own races and we saw some have their best times of the year,” said Riddle.

“We have talked all year about picking up momentum in early October and carrying that toward the postseason. We seem to be hitting our stride right now and are hoping that will continue in the coming weeks,” said Riddle.

BOYS: Will Van Opstal, eighth;; James Francis, 13th,; Chase Powell, 15th, Nathan Comer, 16th; Kelly Featherston, 17th; Nicholas Harris, 18th.

GIRLS: Lydia Wenzel, ninth, Abby Casen, 14th; Harley Howard, 17th; Jenna Hall, 18th, Morgan Crenshaw, 19th, Jaci Parham, 21st.

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