The Mathews High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams dominated again last week to defeat the homestanding Northumberland Indians as well as West Point and King William.
The boys’ squad crushed its opponents, winning with a perfect score of 15 points to West Point (55), Northumberland (82) and King William (88). The girls’ squad won with a score of 34 over Northumberland (52), West Point (58) and King William (80).
A difficult course couldn’t stop the Mathews boys from taking over the race. They placed their top five runners, first through fifth, as follows: Tucker Blackwell (19:58), Phillip Machen (20:14), Sam Jasinski (20:14), Nick Brown (20:17) and Jalen Thomas (20:29). Jayvee runner Caleb Carson (20:51, 10th) also had an impressive race.
Every girl stepped up her game last Tuesday to defeat Northumberland, which went out fast with six runners in front of Mathews’ number one. Kate van Emmerik was first for the Lady Devils, placing fourth with a time of 23:59. Ellie Gale took sixth place, coming in at 24:34, just barely being edged out by a King William runner by five-tenths of a second. Kelly Nelson (25:13) had an incredible race, placing third for Mathews and sixth overall. Kaitlyn Thompson (26:01, 11th), Emily Brown (26:55, 13th), Kristen Fauber (27:28, 17th), and Logan Howlett (28:55, 22nd) secured the win, respectively, locking down finishes in front of Northumberland’s fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh runners. The jayvee Lady Devils had impressive races as well. Emma Hudgins (26:16, 12th), Rileigh Betz (28:08), Alyssa Curko (28:39), Maddy Hobert (28:47) and Chloe Sanderson (33:22) all ran their hearts out for their team, even though they are unable to score points.
On Saturday, the Blue Devil Harriers traveled to The Plains, to compete in the Octoberfest Invitational held at Great Meadows. Racing in blistering heat against a large field, the varsity girls placed sixth among 12 teams, the varsity boys placed seventh out of 17, the jayvee girls team 14th of 29 teams, and the jayvee boys placed 29th in a field of 39 teams.
The jayvee girls’ team kicked off the day with the first race for Mathews High School. Hudgins led the team with a time of 23:11, placing eleventh. Hobert (25:37), Betz (25:39) and Curko (25:43) finished closely placing 68th, 71st, and 74th, respectively. Sanderson rounded out the jayvee girls’ team, finishing in 157th place with a time of 29:03. There were 244 runners in their field.