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Tri-Rivers cross country meet held at Parker Park / November 01, 2017
The 2017 Tri Rivers District cross country championships were held on a bright, beautiful fall Wednesday at Parker Park in South Hill, the home course for the Park View Dragons cross country team. The 5K (3.1 mile) race course was a winding, rolling path around the ball fields and through the woods around Parker Park. The course was the same for the boys and girls and the start was on pavement but quickly moved to a combination of grassy fields, gravel road and double track trails in the woods around the park.

From the start, runners advanced to a sharp right hand turn around a ball field light pole and the corner of the outfield fencing. The corner was a sharp bend that, had it been raining, would have been treacherous but in the dry conditions was merely challenging.

The girls’ race started out as a tight-knit affair but soon eventual winner Lindsey Gordon of Greensville High and eventual runner-up Avery Kirby of ARGS established themselves as front runners, waging a tough battle on the rolling course. Park View Dragon runner Britani Hayes kept them in sight but just couldn’t match the speed of the other two and would finish a very respectable third.

The boys’ race saw ARGS runner Bus Baker set a blistering time at 18:04 (a 5:49 per mile pace) for the victory, outpacing Southampton runners Dale Vick (18:34) and Cole Cobb (18:37) in second and third, respectively.

Ladies team results were Greensville first 29 points, Southampton second 39 points and Park View third with 54 points.

Boys’ results were Southampton first with 20 points, ARGS second with 65 points, followed closely in third by Park View with 71 points and Greensville rounded out the top 4 with 92 points.

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