Cross country teams sweep PVC Titles
The boys had four runners place in the top 10 and the girls had five runners finish in the top 15 overall, as both teams ended the regular season by winning Potomac Valley Conference Cross Country titles on Tuesday, October 11, in Berkeley Springs.
"It was a real special day for our kids," said Berkeley Springs coach John Rowland. “I think they did a very good job and should definitely give us positive momentum heading into this week’s regional."
Corey Shetler led the team with a second place finish, Patrick Peck placed fourth, Casey Doxzen sixth, Justin Glass 10th and Thad Osborn 16th for Berkeley Springs, as the boys totaled 38 points, which was 10 points better than runner-up Frankfort (48). Keyser was third with 54 points and Tucker County fourth with 96. Paw Paw also ran, but had an incomplete score.
Trae Miller from Frankfort was the overall winner of the race.
Ethan Holiday placed 24th for Paw Paw.
The girls winning total was 32 points. Tucker County finished second with 43, followed by Keyser with 46.
Katie Jan from Frankfort was the overall champion, but the Falcons had an incomplete team score.
Danielle Haynes led the Lady Indians with a second place overall finish. Macy Houck was sixth, Kayla Mundey eighth, Sara Younker ninth and Keri Shetler 15th to round out Berkeley Springs scoring. Charla McDaniel also ran for the Tribe and finished 24th.
Berkeley Springs hopes the current momentum carries over to the Class A-AA Region Meet this Thursday, October 20, in Grafton.
The girls team, currently ranked sixth in the state by Runwv.com, is one of the teams favored to qualify for the upcoming state meet. Their stiffest competition should come from Philip-Barbour while the boys team, currently ranked ninth in the same poll, is ranked third in their region, behind Philip Barbour and Frankfort. Of course Berkeley Springs just finished ahead of the Falcons in the conference meet which should give them added confidence tomorrow in Grafton. Keyser could sneak into one of those top spots as well with a strong meet.
Two, probably three teams will qualify from our region based on the number of full teams that are likely to begin the race," Rowland said. "I think we are ready and feel confident that if we have our best day, which I totally expect, then we will qualify both teams for the state tournament," Rowland said. “These kids are ready and prepared. It's going to be tight, but I like our chances."
If the Indians perform well they will advance to the state tournament in Ona on October 29.