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HILLSVILLE –– Grayson County earned a title sweep while all six area cross country teams advanced to region competition during Mountain Empire and Southwest District cross country championships last week.
In the MED meet at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center, Grayson County held off Galax by eight points to win the boys’ championship while the Blue Devils nipped Galax by three points to take home the girls’ crown.
There was no catching Bland County’s Josh Goodman, who was the boys’ individual champion by more than a minute, finishing in 16 minutes flat. Grayson and Galax each had three runners among the next six spots. Grayson’s Tyler Pauley (17:16) and Adam Wyatt (17:23) were trailed by the Maroon Tide’s Dustin Matthews (17:36), Isaac Jordan (17:40) and Chandler Quesenberry (17:41), with the Blue Devils’ Tyler Young (18:03) in seventh. Bailey Hawkins and Austin Kirby finished in 11th and 12th, respectively, for Grayson while Galax’s top five was rounded out by Andres Moreno (13th) and Edgar Guzman (15th).
Grayson finished with 35 points to Galax’s 43. Bland was third with 71, followed by Graham (96) and Narrows (104).
Ashley Jordan picked up a 30-second lead in the girls’ race and finished in 20:29 to win the MED championship. Emma Wyatt of Grayson was second in 20:58, followed by Lindsey Ayers of Galax and Hayley Reavis, Olivia Wyatt and Mary Beth Cunningham of Grayson. The Tide’s Jennifer Laws and Alexandra Moreno placed seventh and eighth, respectively, and Grayson’s Natalie Ruiz capped the top 10.
The only two complete teams participating, Grayson finished with 26 points to Galax’s 29.
Abingdon swept the team championships but Carroll County qualified both its boys’ and girls’ teams for regionals in the SWD meet at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol.
Tyler Barrett and Kenzie Marshall both earned runner-up finishes for the Cavaliers. Barrett posted a time of 17:56, behind individual winner Gus Tolton of Abingdon, while Marshall ran a 21:17 to finish second to Abingdon’s Audra Yarber.
Elise Zyvlosky was fifth for the Cavaliers, Lindsey Brumfield eighth, Morgin Boyd 11th and Kymbre Robinson 24th.
For the boys’ Tyler Krejci finished sixth, Hunter Blessing was seventh, Bradley Vickers placed 13th and Lucas Graham was 18th.