MHS boys improve to 9-0 in cross country

Kate van Emmerik - Posted on Sep 25, 2013 - 02:06 PM

The Mathews High School cross country teams competed in a quad meet last Wednesday in Lancaster and the 2013 William and Mary Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.

The boys’ squad advanced its record to 9-0 on Wednesday, easily winning the meet with 27 points against Lancaster (47), Middlesex (60) and Essex. The girls’ team suffered its first loss, falling to Lancaster 36-35 while beating Middlesex (65) and Essex to improve its record to 8-1.

Justin Adams led the charge for the boys last Wednesday, placing second to Middlesex’s Ridge Ellis. The rest of the varsity runners had strong finishes as well, placing fourth (Tucker Blackwell, 18:34), sixth (Sam Jasinski, 18:35), seventh (Phillip Machen, 18:46), eighth (Nick Brown, 18:50), ninth (Jalen Thomas, 18:57), and 11th (Lance South, 19:20).

Individually, the girls last Wednesday placed third (Kate van Emmerik, 22:22), fifth (Ellie Gale, 22:55), seventh (Kelly Nelson, 23:59), ninth (Emily Brown, 24:58), 10th (Kristen Fauber, 25:41), 11th (Logan Howlett, 25:47), and 17th (Maria Spadaccini, 27:43). Nelson and Spadaccini both got new personal records.

"Our girls gave a great effort, but Lancaster came out very aggressively to steal the win," head coach Drew Greve said. "They have a great coach who always puts them in contention to win."

The Devils traveled to Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg Saturday to compete in the 55th annual W&M Cross Country Invitational. The junior varsity girls placed ninth, the jayvee boys placed seventh, the varsity boys placed fourth, and the varsity girls placed seventh, in their respective races.