The Mathews High School cross country teams traveled to West Point last Wednesday, with both the boys and girls prevailing against fast opponents.
The Blue Devil boys scored 39 points to defeat Washington and Lee (41 points), Lancaster (76), Middlesex (111) and the host Pointers (127). The Lady Devils scored 31 points, beating out W&L (38), West Point (71), Lancaster (79) and Middlesex (forfeit).
In a close finish between the Mathews boys and Washington & Lee, Kyle Slaughter came in first for the Mathews harriers at 18:07 followed by Nick Brown (18:34), Elisha Kane (18:44), Justin Adams (18:52), Sam Jasinski (18:54), Tucker Blackwell (19:01) and Ricky Rutter (19:12). Jasinski and Blackwell showed resolve and provided excitement for the crowd as they both overtook opponents in the last 400 meters of the race to guarantee a win.
"Champions get the job done on race day, even when the chips are down, and these guys were champions today," head coach Drew Greve said of Jasinski and Blackwell. Other Mathews harriers who posted strong times include Tommy Mayo (19:23), Jalen Thomas (19:23), Caleb Metzger (20:38) and Keinan Triplett (20:42).
Nancy Barnhardt led the ladies team at 21:50 followed by Kate van Emmerik (22:01), Ryann Smith (23:14), Sami Stroup (23:42), Emily Brown (23:53), Logan Howlett (25:25) and Kristen Fauber (25:30). Additional runners with strong times were Carlyn Tillage (26:09), Maddie Brown (26:11), Emma Wood (26:21) and Louise Baynat (26:31).
Both teams remain undefeated with one more race opportunity in the regular season. The Blue Devils traveled to Essex yesterday to face Essex and W&L.