Local athletes finish in top 10 at state cross country meet

ONA -The girls from Williamstown and the boys from Ritchie County finished fourth in Class AA-A and the Parkersburg High boys placed fifth in Class AAA on Saturday at the state cross country meet.

While no local teams brought home a state title, several local athletes managed top 10 finishes and thus were designated as all-state performers.

That includes Glenn McMillan of Wirt County, who finished ninth in Class AA/A and thus became the first Wirt County cross country runner to ever earn all-state honors.

Top local finisher in the Class AA/A boys race was Johnny Hogue of Ritchie County, who placed fifth in a time of 16:44. His Ritchie County teammate, Daniel Cooper, crossed the finish line 14 seconds later, earning eighth place.

The only area individual girl to earn all-state honors in the Clsas AA-A girls race was Hailey Miller of Ravenswood, who placed finish in 20:06. Williamstown was led by Cami Mossor and Andrea Chidester, who placed 14th and 15th, respectively.

No local athletes finished in the top 10 in Class AAA. The top finisher for PHS was Nic Cheuront who finished 16th. Ripley was led Antonio Jones’ 39th place finish.

George Washington senior Matthew Brafford, who won the News and Sentinel Two Mile Run in Parkersburg in August -ending Tyler Cantley’s six-year reign over the race, ran away with the boys Class AAA race, finsihing 15:39, 26 seconds ahead of runnerup Conner Riley of Morgantown. University won the boys title in Class AAA, with Morgantown capturing the girls crown. The Class AA titles went to the Philip Barbour girls, who won a tiebreaker over Charleston Catholic, and the Bridgeport boys, led by individual champion Abe Mariner.

Individual girls champions were Alicia Parsons of Grafton in Class AA/A and Amelia Paladino of University in Class AAA.