MHS track teams still unbeaten in local meets
The Mathews High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams improved to 7-0 last week, defeating Middlesex, Lancaster and Northampton in a Sept. 20 meet at Middlesex.
The MHS harriers took part in the Maymont Cross Country Festival in Richmond on Saturday. Both teams performed well, achieving fifth-place varsity finishes.
At last week’s Middlesex meet, Kyle Slaughter and Nancy Barnhardt again led the Blue Devils, with second- and third-place finishes, respectively.
Slaughter finished 14 seconds behind the Chargers’ top finisher in 17:47, while Barnhardt (21:47) came in four seconds behind the Chargers’ first- and second-place finishers.
The boys’ varsity squad hushed their competitors by taking the victory with 36 points, beating out Lancaster (45), Northampton (73) and the host Chargers (80).
The Blue Devils had a strong front pack after Slaughter, with Andrew Merz (18:56) leading the charge. Following closely behind were Phillip Machen (19:20), Tucker Blackwell (19:21) Sam Spadaccini (19:25) and Nick Brown (19:28). Rounding out the boys’ top seven was Elisha Kane with 19:41. Sam Jasinski and Tyler Zabel finished in 19:44 and 20:23, respectively.