2008 Top Performances and Team Tracker
At this time West Virginia teams only
Tennant puts both feet forward in quest for best
Photos Boys AAA Varsity Boys AAA JV Girls AAA JV Girls AAA Varsity Photos Courtesy of Dave Loar
ONA, W.Va. – Jefferson’s Cory Hampshire and Hampshire’s J.P.. Binotto both have been featured on Tristaterunnur.com in the early part of this fall cross country campaign. Both have put words to their claims of being among the best runners in Class AAA in West Virginia.
Zach Tennant, North Marion, served noticed on Saturday that he’d like to be a part of the conversation.
Tennant, a senior, ran virtually all alone and cruised to an individual victory in the Geico Classic at Cabell Midland High School, site of the West Virginia state championships. He finished in 15 minutes, 52.48 seconds, nearly one full minute ahead of South Charleston senior David Caldwell’s 16:41.75.
Fairmont Senior David Ciarolla was third in 16:48.11 while Wheeling Park seniors Russell Mulley (16:57.26) and Kyle Gramlich (17:00.71) rounded out the top five and led the way to the team title with 101 points.
Host Cabell Midland was second with 119 points and St. Albans grabbed the bronze medal with 139 points. Local finishes included Hampshire in eighth place (225) and Hurricane in 10th (314) out of 24 teams.
The girls’ Class AAA race was a foot fight between underclassmen. Sophomore Letitia Propst of Elkins edged Gallia Academy freshman Adkins by 32 hundredths of a second. Propst won in 19:00.16 to Adkins’s 19:00.48. Hurricane’s Alex Dent was third in 19:21.57.
Hurricane won the team title by placing five runners in the top 30 and scoring 84 points. University was second with 105 points, followed by Hampshire (127), North Marion (140) and Gallia Academy (148).
Berkeley Springs senior Lenny Roach won the Class AA-A race in 16:27.51, easily outdistancing Nathan Rees of Ravenswood, who finished second in 17:15.89. John Mundey, also of Berkeley Springs, was third in 17:18.53 while Frankfort’s Johnny Macklen (17:30.22) and Fairland freshman Tanner Mattie (17:30.47) finished out the race’s top five finishers.
Rees’s runner-up finished led Ravenswood to the team title with 67 points. Eaton (Ohio) was second with 109 points, followed by Berkeley Springs (120), Grafton (135) and Fairland (Ohio, 156). Frankforth placed 10th with 256 points.
Older academia ruled the course in the girls Class AA-A contest as Shady Spring senior Chelsea Callaway won in 20:06.84. The next five places finished little more than 34 seconds apart. Eaton senior Katie Burkett was second in 20:27.27 followed by junior teammate Kristie Kiracofe (20:39.54). Grafton junior Chanel Alexander was fourth in 20:50.62. Williamstown freshman Emily Kittle broke the veterans’ streak with a fifth-place finish in 20:54.96. Shady Spring sophomore Desiree Roseberry was sixth in 20:56.54. St. Marys freshman Ali Johson (20:58.07) edged Frankfort junior Rebekah McBride (21:01.29) for seventh place.
Shady Spring, with four runners inside the top 25, led the way with 77 points, just ahead of Wheeling Central Catholic’s 87points. Eaton was third with 104 points, followed by Berkeley Springs (117) and Grafton (118).
Letitia Propst edging out Peyton Adkins