TENNERTON - Elkins Middle School swept the middle school division Tuesday afternoon, while Trinity and Buckhannon-Upshur split the high school race in mid-week cross country action at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.
Elkins posted a strong 18-point total on the boys side, as the Hornets outdistanced runner-up Buckhannon-Upshur Middle, who posted a tally of 45. Dalton Hamrick led the way, garnering the individual title with a time of 11:55 over the hilly 3,000-meter layout.
On the girls' side, B-UMS mounted a strong challenge behind individual champ Kelsey Burgess who navigated the course in a time of 13:36 to claim individual honors. In the end, it was the tight pack of the Elkins girls who prevailed by a final team total of 25 to 36.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School’s Kelsey Burgess races through tall grass during cross country action in Tennerton. Burgess won the girls individual title with a time of 13:36.
Trinity Christian of Morgantown grabbed the top honors in the high school boys's race, as the Class A squad squeezed out an impressive win in the four-team event. Trinity posted a winning score of 34, edging runner-up Buckhannon-Upshur at 42. Lewis County placed third with 69 points, while Lincoln ended the day in fourth.
Daniel Dawley of Trinity captured the individual title, racing over the rolling 5,000-meter course in a winning time of 20:15. Kirk Russell was the top finisher for the B-U boys, placing fourth in 21:38.
Buckhannon-Upshur's girls posted the days lone victory for the home team, posting a perfect score of 15 points. Freshman Laura Dean led the way, capturing the individual title in a time of 24:10.
"I thought we ran better today as a whole, and I am really happy with how the girls are coming along," Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jim Johnson said. "We just haven't put it all together in a race on either side yet, where everybody has a solid race."
Buckhannon-Upshur returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 8, traveling to Bridgeport.