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Ripley Cross Country competes at Cabell Midland

Mark Martin
Sportswriter
Ellie Hosaflook

Some strong finishes were the order of the day for the Ripley High School cross country teams last Saturday in a season-opening meet on the Chris Parsons Course at Cabell Midland High School in Ona.

Freshman Ellie Hosaflook had a high school debut to remember as she captured first in the girls division of the St. Mary’s XC Festival.

Hosaflook covered the course in a time of 19:38.

Audrey Hall, a sophomore from Hurricane, turned in a time of 20:23 for second place.

Hosaflook’s performance helped lead Ripley to a second place finish as a team with 77 points. Preston took first with 75.

Jadyn Casto, Ripley’s lone senior, had a Top 20 showing by running the course in 21:58 to garner 14th place.

Freshman Opal Huffman also claimed a Top 20 finish by placing 18th. Huffman’s time was 22:13.

Haleigh McCune, a junior, was 23rd with a time of 22:44, Tori Fisher, another junior, ran the course in 22:52 for 25th and freshman Emma Shockey was clocked at 23:09 for 30th.

The Viking boys team had a pair of Top 20 places in freshman Max Meadows and junior Chase Pepper.

Meadows turned in a time of 17:56 for 13th place with Pepper right behind him at 17:57 to place 14th.

Junior Cole Neal was 94th (22:41), freshman Connor Casto was 112th (25:30) and freshman Trey Greer was 118th (27:13).

Senior Doddridge County’s Carter Lipscomb took first with a time of 16:13.

Cabell Midland won the boys title with 65 points.

The Ripley cross country program is guided by head coach Hilary Groves along with assistants Jimmy Groves and Bryan Thompson.