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Ellis leads Chargers in cross-country

Middlesex High’s Ridge Ellis takes the lead in a four-team cross-country meet on September 11 at Rappahannock Community College-Glenns and never relinquished the first place position throughout the race. Ellis won the boys race and Middlesex’s Leigh Harrow won the girls race. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School boys cross-country team finished second in a quad-meet last Wednesday at Rappahannock Community College with 54 points. Washington & Lee won the event with 20 points, West Point was third with 62, and Northumberland did not field five runners to make a team.

Defending Region A champion Ridge Ellis of Middlesex won the race in 19:44, while eighth-grader Will Howard was second for the Chargers with a 21:49 clocking. Howard’s place does not count toward the MHS team score because he is a JV runner. He finished seventh overall.

Kyle Frost was the second place runner for MHS finishing 10th with a 23:23 time. Jacob Self, 12th, 23:32; Bobby Nazarini, 15th, 23:39; Simon Urban, 16th, 23:39; Tanner Johannsen, 25:12; and Tarik Audain, 25:43.
“We are improving daily,” said Charger coach Jamie Somerville. “Our times were all slower than the week before but it was hotter and the course was different.

“We will have a real test Saturday when we run in the William & Mary Invitationa,” said Somerville. “I think that race will give us a good idea of how we are coming along.”

posted 09.18.2013

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