MHS cross country teams now 4-0
The Mathews High School boys and girls cross country teams improved to 4-0, following last Wednesday’s meet against Middlesex. The Mathews boys defeated the Chargers 20 to 43, while the girls won 24-37.
At the start of the race, it seemed as if it would be a close matchup between the Blue Devils and the Chargers, but Mathews came through at the end with a victory. Once again, Kyle Slaughter and Nancy Barnhardt led the Mathews runners.
Slaughter came in second overall at the meet with a time of 18:07. Shortly behind were Elisha Kane (18:52), Andrew Merz (19:20), Phillip Machen (19:22), Nick Brown (19:42), Sam Spadaccini (19:54) and Sam Jasinski (19:54), finishing out the varsity top seven.
"This is a very young team that is learning how to survive week to week and improve themselves," Slaughter said. "They are also learning the value of pack running, and the value of a team that stays together wins together."
Barnhardt also finished second overall in the girls’ race with a time of 22:07. Pursuing Barnhardt were Kate van Emmerik (23:27), Katie Phillips (23:34), Stephanie Jeffers (24:49), jayvee runner Ryann Smith (26:19), Mallory Hurst (26:23), Lindsey Brown (26:32), jayvee runner Sami Stroup (27:06), and finishing off the varsity top seven, Kristen Fauber (28:05).
On Saturday, the Devils took part in the William and Mary Invitational. "Almost any other high school sport would have been cancelled on Saturday due to high winds and rainy conditions, but this was the perfect day for cross country," MHS head coach Drew Greve said. "A lot of our runners ran their fastest race of the season." Kate van Emmerik and Slaughter wowed the crowd with their top-spot finishes.