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Ellis places 2nd in regional meet

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Members of the 2013 Middlesex High School boys cross-country team are, front from left, Simon Urban, Brett Fochtmann, Bobby Nazrini and Will Howard; standing, coach James Somerville, Tarik Audain, Ridge Ellis, Jacob Self, John Williams, Chad Page and Kyle Forst. Not pictured are Luke Robertson and Tanner Johannsen. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School boys cross-country team finished 10th in the Class 1A East Region meet on November 7 at Eastern State in Williamsburg.

Altavista standout Sean Farney, who has run times below 16 minutes, won the meet with a time of 16:35.17. Middlesex’s Ridge Ellis captured second place with a personal best time of 16:55.7 over the 3.2-mile course.

Ellis, who is a junior, has won three straight Tidewater District titles and won the Region A title as a freshman and sophomore. This year the Class 1A East Region added several schools, including Altavista.

Jacob Self finished second for the Chargers in 20:08.5 to take 48th place overall; Simon Urban, 56th, 20:34.60; Kyle Forst, 60th, 20:55.22; Bobby Nazrini, 64th, 21:03.24; and Tanner Johannsen, 73rd, 22:23.03.

Ellis was the only MHS male runner to qualify for state. The Group A State cross-country meet will be this Saturday, November 16, at Great Meadow Park near Warrington.

Mathews won the Region A team title with 65 points; Altavista, 2nd, 68; Parry McCluer, 3rd, 106; Washington & Lee, 4th, 109; Rappahannock, 5th, 131; Lancaster, 6th, 122; West Point, 8th, 200; Middlesex, 10th, 230; Northampton, 12th, 339; and Northumberland, 13th, 352.

posted 11.13.2013

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