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4.0 weeks ago @ 4:21PM by Colin McGinley

Cross-country State Meet Preview!

This year both the boy’s and girl’s high school cross-country teams have qualified for the state meet! The team is led by young stars, Bella Boggs and Issac Collins. Bella, a freshman, has won multiple races this year including the regional championship. Issac, a sophomore, also placed first in the regional championship meet. Coach Hilton says that Issac and Bella lead by example and they “do what is asked, and they do it well.” Issac was followed by Hunter Perry, a junior, in second place and Will Barton, a freshman, in third. Coach Hilton credits Perry as being key for the Irish’s success and says he has really stepped up as a leader. As an upperclassmen now, Perry has gotten faster and become more vocal on the team. All seven members of the boys team finished within the top 8. On the girls side, they picked up the second and third place finishes as well from Aurelia Kirby and Hannah Fisher, both sophomores. Aurelia placed first in regionals last year and despite struggling with injury for part of this season, she has not lost any of her speed. Fisher is another runner that Coach Hilton described as a leader on the team. Clearly the Irish have a young team, but underclassmen have stepped up to fill leadership positions.

Coach Hilton is looking forward to the state meet and has some high expectations. His hopes for individual accolades are for several runners to get their personal records on the course as well as at least one runner from the boys and girls teams to place within the top 10. His ultimate goal for this season is that both teams finish within the top-4 at the meet. They have a great season and we hope to see them continue their success on Saturday. The meet begins at noon and is on the Cabell Midland course, come out and show your support!


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