Humidity, competition can't tarnish Queen Twigg's tiara
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By Kevin Spradlin
SHORT GAP, W.Va. -- Fort Hill senior Amanda Twigg missed her team's first
meet of the year to be crowned Homecoming Queen. Because Sentinels Coach
Mark Anderson has such high expectations for her, however, don't expect the
aspiring teacher to miss too many other competitions.
On Saturday at the Frankfort Invitational, it was Twigg - dressed in shorts
and a runner's singlet, not in an evening gown - doing the schooling as she
earned an individual victory on a short 5,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 36
seconds. It was 1:51 faster than her fourth-place finish on the same course
"I would expect her to win just about everything," Anderson said. "When she
came across the finish line, she could hardly walk."
The key, of course, was that Twigg was the first to cross the finish line.
Frankfort's Rebekah McBride - who won last year in 21:02 - was second in
It was anything but easy on a challenging course and a hot and very humid
day. Twigg didn't put the race away until the second half. At the one-mile
marker, Twigg passed in 6:41 while McBride and Keyser senior Chelsea Willis
were just two seconds off the lead. On the steep uphill leading to the
two-mile checkpoint, Twigg had put away Willis and held a comfortable lead
on McBride and Frankfort's Brittany Armentrout.
"At the end, I give it my all," Twigg said after her first race of the year.
Armentrout finished third in 22:50 and Willis was fourth in 23:00.
Moorefield's lone runner, sophomore Blayke Hall, was fifth in 23:34.
Willis, who won her home meet earlier this week, paced Keyser to the team
title with 42 points. The Tornado were bolstered by Kathleen Myers (24:23)
and Hannah Biser (24:36), who finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Southern Garrett - which swept places eight through 11 - was second with 49
points. Host Frankfort (52) was third and Fort Hill finished fifth with 73
Frankfort's Johnny Macklen cruised to a 68-second win in the boys varsity
race. Macklen stopped the clock in 18:26 - an improvement of 1:41 better
than his time last year.
Macklen started off third but quickly moved to the front in the first
half-mile. He passed the one-mile mark in 5:42 and the other 27 runners in
the field were nowhere in sight. The senior said he's trying to rebound from
a poor cross country season in 2007.
"I've been training real good," he said.
Macklen's win didn't translate to a team win for the Falcons - but they
weren't far off the pace as only 14 points separted all four complete teams.
Southern Garrett, led by Seth Lewis' fourth-place finish in 19:55, won with
48 points. Keyser was second with 51 points, Fort Hill (54) was third and
Frankfort was fourth (62
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