SUMMERSVILLE – Ravenswood's journey to this weekend's West Virginia State High School Cross Country Meet was l-o-n-g.
Try 285 miles. Ravenswood had to make not one, but two trips to Summersville in back-to-back days to compete in the Class AA-A Region 4 Cross Country Meet.
Due to lightning, storms and darkness the scheduled Thursday meet at Summersville Lake had to be shoved into Friday.
Thus, Ravenswood was forced to leave Nicholas County and return the next day. The bus time for the Red and Black totaled five hours.
Upon returning, the Devilette squad qualified as a team for the State Meet with a second place regional finish.
Ravenswood finished with 43 points behind champion Scott's 38. Meanwhile, the Red Devil boys placed fourth and will not compete as a unit at the State Meet in Ona on the Cabell Midland High campus this Saturday.
Hailey Miller led Ravenswood with a second place finish in a time of 23:00.33. She was followed by fellow sophomore teammate Taylor Treadway, who was clocked at 23:08.86. The second and third place finishes earned the pair of tenth graders All-Regional honors for a second straight year.
In addition, Hannah Murray was 11th (24:28.95), Taylor Love was 15th (25:11.27), Mariah Currey was 17th (25:43.92), Larissa hayman placed 33rd (28:31.21) and Josie Hayman was 41st (30:19.11) for the Devilettes.
"Our girls ran an outstanding race and we nearly beat number two (ranked by runwv.com) Scott in a close race over a demanding course," said head coach Bryan Canterbury.
"The team showed why we have been one of the best teams in the state over the past two seasons and is ready for a big time State Meet effort."
For the Red Devils, the fourth place finish of 84 points ended a State Meet team appearance dating back to 1999. "It is disappointing," said Canterbury.
Ravenswood will have representation, though, in Ona.
Senior Luke Sadecky finished in the Top 10 by placing eighth. Sadecky's time was 19:33.30.
This was Sadecky's second consecutive All-Regional performance by being in the Top 10. "He has been our leader for the past two years and we are happy that he will be finishing his career competing in the State Meet," Canterbury said. Jon Hayman was 13th (20:20.05), Will Schindler was 20th (21:01.14), Chase Jarrell was 29th (22:39.77) and Jon Watkins was 31st (22:50.42) for the Ravenswood Red Devils.