Season review: Ravenswood High School cross country runners finish a promising 2021 season

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers

Ravenswood runners chased and conquered many goals in the 2021 season of cross country.

A strong finish at the season-ending West Virginia High School State Cross Country Meet on the Chris Parsons Course at Cabell Midland High School in Ona is where it all came to a close.

Cade Curfman, a junior, finished ninth overall in the boys Class A competition and by doing so earned All-State Honors.

Curfman becomes the 11th Ravenswood High runner to be a part of such an elite group.

“He was one of the best runners in single-A all season and especially over the last three championship meets (Little Kanawha Conference Meet, Region IV Meet and state meet),” head coach Bryan Canterbury said.

“He led a young boys team that has a good upside.”

Canterbury was happy with the progress made by runners Logan Alfred, a sophomore, freshman Tucker Gorrell, freshman Bailey Postlethwait, junior Blair Anderson, freshman Wyatt Nickerson, sophomore Michael McGraw and sophomore David McGraw.

“Each made improvement during the season and gained experience needed for next season. This is a very young team that will only get better.”

Besides All-State, Curfman was a First Team All-LKC honoree and an All-Region performer.

For the second straight year, Ravenswood qualified its entire girls team for the state meet and finished fifth.

The Devilettes were ranked all season by RunWV, which is based on runner performance.

Ravenswood was the runner-up in the Class A Region IV Meet.

The red and black also placed second at the Wirt County Wetlands Meet and had fourth-place finishes in the LKC Meet, the Covered Bridge Invitational (at Ripley’s Cedar Lakes) and the Dutch Miller Invitational.

“Our girls had an outstanding season,” Canterbury said. “They used experience gained from a year ago and they performed all season in workouts and meets.

“This is a very athletic group of runners that excel in many other sports and they are high energy. The girls Class A field was loaded with many outstanding teams. We ran strong all season against outstanding competition in every meet.”

Sophomore Emily Wratchford and junior Sami Maxson placed 18th and 19th, respectively, at the state meet.

The two along with sophomore Maci Mosser earned All-Region honors.

Wratchford and Maxson both garnered Second Team All-LKC recognition.

“Emily and Sami were consistently strong the entire year and both ran excellent state meet races,” Canterbury said. “Maci, Hadleigh McGoskey (a sophomore), Kadi Price (a freshman), Kenzi Nesselroad (a freshman) and Brooke Meadows (a sophomore) made up the varsity team and each put together some outstanding races this season.

“Zoie Meadows (a freshman), Brianna Sotomayor (a freshman) and Olivia Long (a junior) all improved. Lydia Alfred (a senior) made a huge comeback from knee surgery and trained during the year. She was our captain. We are still a very young group that has the ability to keep improving.”

Canterbury feels the close bond by the runners, both girls and boys, made for an enjoyable season.

“This group is very supporting of each other and they care about each other,” he said. “We are proud of each team member and they all bring value to the team.”