For a West Virginia high school cross country team to prove it is one of the best in the state means first showing it at the regional phase.

 


For a West Virginia high school cross country team to prove it is one of the best in the state means first showing it at the regional phase.

Both Ravenswood varsity teams did that last Thursday on the course at Camp Virgil Tate in the Class AA-A Region 3 Meet. The Red Devil boys’ team captured first place while the Devilette girls’ were second.

Thus, both will be in Ona this Saturday to compete for team titles at the annual West Virginia State Cross Country Meet on the Chris Parsons Course at Cabell Midland High School.

“It was a great day for us,” said head coach Bryan Canterbury. “The weather was horrible, but the competition was excellent and just shows you how tough cross country runners are - physically and mentally. Our runners performed tremendously, they were only focused on winning the team titles and not on the weather.”

The Devils had a winning team total of 62 points to bring back to the school a 12th regional championship trophy in the past 13 years and second straight. Buffalo finished second behind the Devils in the nine-team field with 70 points.

“It was back-to-back for this group,” said Canterbury. “It was a remarkable effort by our boys to win the regional title after losing our top two runners from last year. They were smart, intense and ran with the pride of the program.  They followed (assistant) coach (Tim) Rector’s advice and gave total effort to winning the title.”

Junior Luke Sadecky led the way with an All-Regional performance by placing seventh in a time of 18:31. Sophomore Jon Hayman was 12th (19:21), junior Adam Palmer was 13th (19:21), junior Will Schindler was 15th (19:23), junior Andrew Ely placed 18th (19:49), senior Damian Morriston came in 28th (20:42) and freshman Chase Jarrell finished 33rd (21:59).

“We had a pack power with four in the top 15 and five in the top 18,” said Canterbury. “It was a team effort all the way as the top five did their job and Damian Morriston beat the No. 5 (runner) on the contending teams to help the cause.

“Luke was the leader and ran a strong race to earn All-Regional honors, but every runner ran with purpose the entire 3.1 and you could tell how much it meant to them to accomplish this and add to the tradition of our program. We were very proud of the efforts of Jon, Adam, Will and Andrew as each one won an important race with our contenders throughout the race.”

The Devilettes finished with 40 points to trail champion Scott, which ended the meet with 29.

Freshman Hailey Miller was second in a time of 21:32. Freshman Taylor Treadway was fifth (22:21). Both earned All-Regional honors with their Top 10 performances.

Hannah Murray was 11th (23:04), Meri Titus was right behind her in 12th place (23:20), Mariah Currey finished 20th (24:37) and Emily Bolinger was 34th (29:06).
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“Our girls ran a great race, but we just fell short of our goal of winning the regional title,” said Canterbury. “Scott is an excellent team and so are we. So we are pleased with the efforts and pride that our girls raced with.

“Hailey Miller continued her sensational season of performance with a runner-up finish. Taylor Treadway contined to impress us with an all-regional effort. Hannah and Meri raced hard and just missed Top 10 honors. Our girls were disappointed because they are such competitors but we told them they are one of the best teams in the state and will prove it at the State Meet.”