Tide posts solid results at Charlotte

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 CHARLOTTE –– Galax enjoyed one of its best-ever visits to the Wendy’s Classic on Oct. 2, earning just its second top-15 individual finish by the boys’ team as well as its highest team finish ever by the girls.

The Maroon Tide placed 16th out of 28 girls’ teams, led by top-100 finishes by Megan Boyles (57th, 21 minutes, 23 seconds), Lindsey Ayers (92nd, 22:25) and Marleigh Durham (93rd, 22:26) in a field of 196 runners.

Boyles’ time was a personal best and was also the fifth-fastest 3.1-mile time ever by a Galax girl. Durham and Sydney Barker recorded their best times of the season as they continue to bounce back from early-season injuries. Ayers, Jennifer Laws (22:50), Susan Davis (23:44) and Lynsey McChesney (24:17) all came through with either season or career best times.

In the boys’ race, Travis Cockerham picked up just the second medal finish ever for a Galax runner at the massive Wendy’s race, finishing 15th in a career-best 16:41 in a field of 213 athletes. Eddie Hanks (18:11), Trevor Quesenberry (18:25) and Chandler Quesenberry (18:51) also ran the fastest times of their careers as the Maroon Tide placed 19th out of 31 teams.

“Anytime you can finish in the Top 20 with all the 3A, 4A and big private school teams at this meet, it’s considered a great finish,” Galax coach Tony Quesenberry said.

Cavs fourth at Wythe: Carroll County placed fourth in the boys’ team standings at the George Wythe invitational meet last Wednesday in Wytheville.

Kendall Haynes and Logan Utt placed among the top 20 among 89 runners in the boys’ race, with Haynes recording a time of 19:10 for eighth, and Utt posting a 20:35 for 18th.

The Cavaliers finished with 95 points as Marion took the team win with 33, followed by Giles (59) and George Wythe (60).

Kenneth Horton (27th, 21:14), Austin Puckett (34th, 22:03) and Hunter Blessing (42nd, 22:34) rounded out the Cavaliers’ top five.

Elise Zyvlosky (24:14) placed fourth, Lindsey Brumfield (25:31) was ninth and Beth Proffit (29:53) was 33rd in the 54-runner girls’ field.

Zack Cochran and Sophie Webb of Carroll County were the top finishers in the middle school race.