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DRAPER –– The Galax golf team continued to rack up the wins last week, taking a pair of three-team matches on Tuesday and Thursday.
Thursday at Draper Valley Golf Club, the Maroon Tide shot a composite 152 to defeat Grayson County (185) and host Fort Chiswell (209).
John Bryant was low man for Galax, overcoming rainy, chilly conditions to turn in an even-par 36 on the front nine. Matt Downey was a single stroke back at 37 while Ben Hill (39) and Eddie Hanks (40) were also strong.
Cole Davis and Tucker Phipps each shot a 45 for Grayson County, which got a 47 from Gavin Bailey and a 48 from Hank Choate.
Tuesday at Blue Ridge Country Club, Bryant edged Floyd County’s Amanda Hollandsworth by two strokes to take medalist honors with a 35. Hanks turned in a 39, Travis Cockerham shot a 40 while Hill and Downey each carded a 41 for Galax, which had a four-man 155 team score.
Floyd County was second at 158 and Carroll County placed third with a 181. Halyard Burton led the Cavaliers with a 39 and Austin Horton shot a 41.
Five Carroll County athletes ran to top-10 finishes at a six-team cross country meet last Wednesday at Rural Retreat.
Kendall Haynes had the best showing among the Cavaliers, finishing fourth in the boys’ race with a time of 19 minutes, 28 seconds, and Zach Cochran placed 10th in 20:40.
Carroll County placed second as a team with 71 points, nine points behind team winner Giles.
In the girls’ race, Elise Zyvlosky, Kaitlyn Horton and Lindsay Brumfield all notched top-10 finishes. Zyvlosky posted a time of 24:51 to place fourth, 26 seconds ahead of Horton in sixth. Brumfield rounded out the top 10 with a time of 26:34.
Walker’s Run: Galax placed its top five runners among the first 13 individuals and took home the boys’ White Division team championship Saturday at the Walker’s Run Invitational at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion.
Led by Travis Cockerham’s third-place individual effort, the Maroon Tide boys finished with 47 team points, 19 ahead of Lebanon. Hidden Valley was third in the eight-team division.
Lebanon had the top two individuals, including race winner John Ulrich (17:39). Cockerham posted a time of 18:24 while teammates Trevor Quesenberry (ninth, 19:16), Issac Jordan (10th, 19:21), Chandler Quesenberry (12th, 19:28) and Dustin Matthews (13th, 19:36) all put out strong efforts.
Grayson County’s Adam Wyatt was 14th in 19:43.
Galax had a strong showing from its girls’ team as well as the Maroon Tide ladies placed second among nine teams. Hidden Valley was the team winner with 44 points, followed by the Maroon Tide (88), Tennessee High (92), Radford (100), Lebanon (139) and Grayson County (140).
Jennifer Laws led the Galax girls’ effort with her seventh-place showing, finishing in 23:11. Lindsey Ayers placed 14th, followed by Ashley Jordan (28th), Keely Dezern (30th) and Megan Boyles (38th).
Jordan and Boyles were running inside the top 10 with about 400 meters to go when they were sent in a wrong direction by a course marshal, losing valuable positions by the time they were put back on the correct course.
Elise Zyvlosky of Carroll County was 12th overall in 25:45 and Melody Mallinson of Grayson County placed 15th in 26:24.