ONA – When your athletic team is young, the bright side of it all is knowing they will continue to learn, grow and mature.

Bryan Canterbury’s youthful group of boy runners will indeed do just that in the coming seasons.

Saturday’s West Virginia High School State Cross Country Meet served as another learning step for his talented crew.

In the Class AA-A field, Ravenswood finished ninth with 180 points. Bridgeport posted a state championship team total of 69 points, followed by runner-up Berkeley Springs with 100.

“We are proud of the efforts of our runners this year.  Every runner in the State Meet gave it their best effort,” said Canterbury on Saturday. “They represented Ravenswood with pride today. We did not reach our top goals and today was not our best day, but we competed hard and we gained much needed experience for next year. This group believed in their teammates and their coaches and they improved as the year went moved on.  It is a young team that will be back next year looking at running

with the top teams and top runners in the state. Our only senior, Colby Marks

made his last race a good one.”

Bryce Jarrell was 13th overall in the competition. The sophomore turned in a time of 17:12.0. Twin brother Blake was 17th in a time of 17:20.9.

Junior Chris Murray placed 51st (18:10.5), Marks finished 70th (18:28.7), freshman Deshone Cooper came in 97th (19:16.6), freshman Cody Smith was 121st (21:24.1) and freshman Austin Anderson was 123rd (21.34.9).

Freshman Paige Pursley placed 65th in the AA-A girls division with a time of 22:27.