Devil runners dominate home finale
The Mathews cross country team concluded its home schedule by sending its seniors out in style with a decisive win over Northumberland last Wednesday at Beaverdam Park.
The senior Blue Devil boys have experienced great success on their home course and defended their turf one last time to compile a 25-0 home record throughout their high school careers.
Nine Blue Devils ran season bests in what was a spectacular effort from top to bottom. Russell Reed and Jamie van Emmerik paced the Devils to victory, taking first and second in 17:39 and 17:41 respectively. Chris Barnhardt ran a season best 17:58 to place third and join van Emmerik and Reed below the 18-minute mark.
John Miles (18:08) and Kyle Slaughter (18:15) ran season bests to secure the sweep, and Seth Diggs (18:52) and Paul Crook (19:03) rounded out the top seven for the Blue Devils. Elisha Kane (19:53), Nick Brown (20:59), Sam Spadaccini (21:24), and Ian Smith (21:28) also ran season bests in the victory.