Curfman earns All-State; Ravenswood girls come in fifth at cross country state meet

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers

In horrendous conditions for almost anything, and certainly the sport of cross country, Ravenswood had plenty of shining moments on a dreary day at the West Virginia State Meet in Ona on the campus of Cabell Midland High School.

“We were very pleased with the efforts of all of our runners on the wettest and muddiest state meet course I can remember,” said head coach Bryan Canterbury, who has seen his share. “Every kid moved forward and gave it their best effort.”

Including Cade Curfman, Ravenswood’s lone runner in the boys competition of Class A.

The junior ran the course in a time of 18:29 to finish 10th and capture All-State honors.

He becomes the 11th boy runner in Ravenswood history to do so.

“Cade ran a strong, smart race and he was not going to be denied,” Canterbury said.

Ravenswood’s entire girls team competed and finished fifth overall.

Sophomore Emily Wratchford led the way by placing 18th in a time of 22:27. Junior Sami Maxson was right behind her in a time of 22:30. Maci Mosser (35th, 23:17), Kadi Price (45th, 24:01), Hadleigh McGoskey (47th, 24:09), Kenzi Nesselroad (54th, 25:23) and Brooke Meadows (25:33, 55th) also represented the red and black in Ona.

“Emily and Sami ran very good races to lead our girls,” Canterbury said. “It is so hard to earn All-State status with a Top 10 effort in cross country. So to finish in the Top 20 is a nice accomplishment.

“Our girls were ready and each runner put forth their best effort. We hoped for fourth, but fifth is a move in the right direction. We appreciate the efforts all season of every runner in our program.”

Wheeling Central's Aidan Scott was the boys team champion of Class A and Doddridge's Alexis Lamb won the girls competition.

Williamstown and Buffalo were the top two teams in the boys race with Doddridge and Williamstown the champ and runner-up in the girls.