Maroon Tide girls pick up XC win

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By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

RINER -- Galax’s girls’ cross country team put together its strongest showing of the season Wednesday, winning the Auburn Invitational at Auburn High School.

Led by a second-place finish by Marleigh Durham, the Maroon Tide finished with 26 points to edge Giles by three points. Seven other schools fielded incomplete times.

Grayson County’s Carley Smith took the individual championship with a time of 20 minutes, 48 seconds on the 3.0-mile course, with Durham the first scoring runner to cross, finishing in 21:24. Grayson’s Lakyn Parks was seventh while Galax got a ninth-place effort from Sydney Barker and a 15th-place finish from Jennifer Laws.

The Maroon Tide boys finished third despite missing two of their top runners. Floyd County took the team win, followed by Auburn and Galax.

Grayson County’s Jimmy Oliver was the top-finishing Twin County runner, placing fifth in 17:13 while Kevin Loftin paced Galax with an eighth-place effort. Dyllan Taylor (15th), Trevor Quesenberry (16th), Jose Martinez (19th) and Juan Moreno (22nd) rounded out Galax’s top five, while Grayson County got an 18th-place finish from Austin Bunn, followed by Ethan Liddle (21st) and Enrique Sanchez (24th).

Carroll County had three girls finish among the top 11 in a five-team meet Wednesday at George Wythe. Felicia Combs led the Cavaliers with her seventh-place finish, crossing in 24 minutes, 40 seconds. Casey Lawson and Elisa Zyvolsky placed 10th and 11th, respectively.

Kendall Haynes and Wayne Bugh finished among the top eight in the nine-team boys’ race. Haynes notched a fifth-place finish in 19:01, while Bugh finished eighth with a time of 19:30. Carroll County placed fourth as a tea, behind Marion, George Wythe and Tazewell.


Carroll Co. def. Tazewell 3-0: The Cavaliers maintained their perfect standing in the Southwest District with a 25-19, 25-22, 25-15 win last Monday in Tazewell.

The Cavaliers were led at the net by Dionna Reece with 12 kills and three blocks, while Maleah Neely (nine kills, two blocks), Patricia Reed (six kills, three blocks) and Sarah Singleton (five kills) also contributed.

Jessi Goad led the way at the service line with 19 points, including three aces. Neely put up 17 assists and had 13 digs while Goad provided 10 assists. Singleton also came up with 12 digs for the Cavaliers.

Carroll County won the JV match in two games to remain undefeated in the district at 6-0.