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THE PLAINS –– Galax managed a ninth-place finish in the boys’ team standings while three Twin County girls gave solid individual efforts at the Group A state cross country championships Nov. 12 at Great Meadows.
The Maroon Tide boys were one point behind Floyd County for eighth position as Region C fared well in the team standings. Fielding just five runners, Parry McCluer (113 points) was a solid second place behind team champion George Mason (65).
Wilson Memorial (119) was third, followed by Radford (126), John Battle (128), Strasburg (147), Central-Woodstock (163), Floyd County (192), Galax (193) and Lebanon (243) in the top 10.
Walker Mogen of Radford took the individual championship in 16:33. Bland County’s Josh Goodman placed 15th in 17:17.
Travis Cockerham led Galax with a 22nd-place showing, dealing with a side stitch from about the race’s midway point and still running a time of 17:28.
All seven Galax runners finished among the top 70 in a field of 131 runners. Following Cockerham were Dustin Matthews (18:10), Issac Jordan (18:15), Justin Ayers (18:24), Trevor Quesenberry (18:39), Chandler Quesenberry (18:43) and Kevin Loftin (19:20).
Grayson County’s Carley Smith capped her career with a 22nd-place effort, finishing in 21:08, the second-fastest time turned in by a Region C runner. Galax sophomore Lindsey Ayers finished in 30th with a time of 21:29, cutting 32 seconds off her finishing time of a year ago, and Maroon Tide freshman Ashley Jordan was 43rd in the field of 128 with a time of 21:52.
Hannah Rose of Wilson Memorial took the girls’ individual title with a time of 19:05.
George Mason dominated the girls’ team event with four finishers among the top nine scoring runners. The Mustangs finished with 37 points to runner-up Strasburg’s 70. Wilson Memorial (74), Radford (164) and Floyd County (169) rounded out the top five.
Orton competes in national meet
Marie Orton, a sophomore at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C., competed in the USCAA national cross country championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Nov. 11.
Orton, a Galax High School graduate, was one of two Warren Wilson athletes to compete in the 6K women’s race at the site of the 1980 Olympic biathlon course.
Orton finished 54th in a field of 111 runners, posting a time of 29 minutes, 55 seconds on a muddy, hilly, snowy course.