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CHARLOTTE, N.C. –– Despite missing several runners due to SAT testing, Galax still enjoyed its most successful trip ever to the prestigious Wendy’s Cross Country Classic at McAlpine Park.
The Maroon Tide girls placed eighth and Galax’s boys were 12th in an event that drew 31 teams Saturday, with two Tide runners earning medalist honors.
The Galax girls had their best team finish ever, jumping up eight spots from their 2010 showing, with seven girls running their personal best times. Megan Boyles became Galax’s first-ever female medalist, placing 20th in a field of 174 runners. Boyles’ time of 20 minutes, 19 seconds was a personal best and helped the Maroon Tide finish among the top one-third in the 26-team girls’ 3A division. Ashley Jordan placed 27th in 20:41 and was followed by Lindsey Ayers (40th, 21:08), Jennifer Laws (66th, 21:46) and Alexandra Moreno (92nd, 22:39).
Jordan, Ayers, Laws and Moreno all ran personal best times, as did Jessica Salinas (24:48) and Paige Hanks (25:01).
In the boys’ race, Travis Cockerham finished in the medal positions for the second straight year, running a 16:46 to place 18th among a horde of 210 runners. Saturday marked just the third time, albeit the second time in as many years, that a Galax boy had earned a medal at the event. Trevor Quesenberry, Ali Reyna (20:47) and Ken Patel (24:31) all ran their personal best times during the event. Quesenberry placed 62nd in 17:42, Issac Jordan was 77th in 17:56, Chandler Quesenberry placed 80th in 18:01 and Dustin Matthews was 98th with a time of 18:19.
High Country: A week earlier, Galax’s boys placed sixth out of 11 teams and the girls were fourth in a 10-team field at the High Country Classic at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.
Cockerham was among the top 10, placing ninth in a field of 88 runners with a time of 18:02 on the challenging course. Trevor Quesenberry (18:35) was 23rd, followed by Matthews (37th, 18:58), Jordan (48th, 19:27) and Chandler Quesenberry (56th, 19:47).
The Maroon Tide girls were fourth in a 10-team event, led by top-20 showings by Ashley Jordan and Ayers. Jordan placed 13th overall in 22:16 and Ayers finished 19th in 22:40. Seventy-two runners completed the girls’ race.
Laws (23:14) placed 26th, Boyles (23:32) was 28th and Moreno (24:22) finished 40th for the Tide.
Marion def. Carroll Co. 3-2: The Cavaliers fell to 0-2 in Southwest District play following a 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 27-29, 15-10 upset loss Thursday to the Scarlet Hurricane.
Ashley Willard registered 10 kills and served for 15 points for Carroll County (7-5 overall), Lexi Hodge had nine kills, 20 points and four blocks while Jessica Sheek had 22 points, six blocks and eight kills.
Autumn Hill added five blocks and six kills, Autumn Fink had 26 digs and Morgan Dickens provided 20 assists.