RAVENSWOOD – As coaches, Bryan Canterbury and Tim Rector have enjoyed their time together with the sport of cross country.
They’ve definitely had a great time in this 2015 season – one culminating this Saturday at the West Virginia High School State Meet in Ona on the campus of Cabell Midland High School.
Their Red Devil boys team will be competing in the Class AA-A division.
“We are really excited,” said Canterbury, who guided Devil cross country to nine straight titles from 2000-2008. “We have improved each and every week.”
Ravenswood is sending a full boys team to the State Meet for the first time since 2011. “It’s been too long.”
As a team, Ravenswood finished third in last Thursday’s Class AA-A Region IV Meet.
Leading the way for Ravenswood are twin brothers, Bryce and Blake Jarrell, who are just ninth graders.
“They ran well all year,” Canterbury said. “They have a great attitude and a great work ethic. Their work ethic has brought others up.”
Chris Murray, a sophomore, “has been a solid No. 3 runner” this season for Ravenswood according to Canterbury.
Colby Marks, a junior, who was Ravenswood’s top runner last season has been a key contributor in 2015. “He’ll run and give you all he’s got. He’ll run to the best of his ability,” Canterbury said.
Senior Jameson Cooper has battled injuries this season but has been a nice addition after missing a year ago. “He’s improved a lot and has been a good leader,” Canterbury said.
Dustin Anderson, a junior, has also been less than a hundred percent this season. Canterbury is hopeful he’ll be full-go come Saturday.
Jonathan Tanner, a senior first-year runner, rounds out the Devil attack. “He’s been a good teammate and a good kid to have around,” Canterbury said.
While thrilled to be back in the State Meet as a team, Canterbury has emphasized to his crew not to be satisfied.
“Since they’ve never experienced this before we want them to enjoy the moment, but also use it to get better and take the next step in our program,” he said.
Ravenswood will be running at 1:45 p.m. Saturday.