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Williamstown cross country sweeps regional

MINERAL WELLS –It was a sweep in the Class A, Region IV final, and Williamstown cross country did it in commanding fashion on Thursday from the fairgrounds in Mineral Wells.

The girls go to Cabell Midland on Halloween with visions of a fourth consecutive state title. This year’s regional victory saw the ‘Jackets’ top seven girls all finish in the top 10. Head coach Larry Cassidy talked about how his team may be the most dominant he’s coached heading into the biggest meet of the year.

“The top seven were looking good. We talked to them at the starting line and said that it doesn’t matter who’s here and who’s not here, the goal is to get this team to move on to the state, and they did,” he said. “I think this is probably about the strongest team we’ve had. If you look at the races, our top 3 has changed several times. They battled everything going on with COVID and that map changing every other day, but that’s what makes them strong.”

Ella Hesson (20:49) had her hands full with her Yellowjacket teammates, as Natalie Sawin (20:50) and Brianna Winsett (21:00) finished right behind her for an all-Williamstown podium. Chloe Lightfritz (21:14) wasn’t far behind in fourth, and Wood County Christian’s Lacey Dimit (21:55) rounded out the top 5. The Ravenswood girls also qualified for the state meet, as Red Devil placers finished well above Buffalo for second place.

To help the Ravenswood cause, Emily Wratchford (22:06) and Hadleigh McGoskey (22:07) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Three more Yellowjacketscompleted the top ten, as Calhoun County’s Savannah Cunningham (23:29) notched an 11th place finish which saw her on the outside looking in. The final three were Reagan Ortiz (22:31), Brookelyn Reynolds (22:47) and Torie Combs (23:03).

The WHS boys finished at the top, and the Wirt County boys also punched their tickets to the state meet. Williamstown’s Zach Cannon (17:46) and Wirt’s AJ Petrovsky (17:51) finished 1-2, and Cannon’s victory was a big moment for head coach Cliff Taylor.

“Anything can happen. Once you get to the big dance, that’s what we call it when you get to the state meet, we’ve got boys who really want to be there. Anything can happen,” he said.

“This is my fourth year, and the boys have placed third all three years, but this is the first time we’ve won this regional. We had Zach win the LKC, and he’s the first person I’ve coaches to win the LKC or this regional. He’s just a sophomore, so he’s got some big things coming.”

Wood County Christian also has a male representative headed to Cabell Midland, as Michael Cline finished on the podium at 17:55. Dawson Winsett rounded out the top five for the WHS boys at 18:25, while Buffalo’s Patrick Reilly finished just ahead of him at 18:11. Sherman’s Andrea Skeens (18:39) held on to sixth, and it was Ravenswood’s Cade Curfman (18:51) who edged Williamstown’s Chase Trembly (18:53) for eighth. Buffalo’s Nicholas Pitchford (19:01) was ninth, while Wirt’s Wyatt Nulton rounded out the top ten at 19:20. Missing out on the state meet were three local finishers who came up a bit short. Calhoun County’s Anthony Schoo (19:27) was 11th, while Ravenswood’s Logan Alfred (19:54) and WCC’s Jesse Woomer (20:04) finshed 14th and 16th, respectively.

Contact Josh Hughes at jhughes@newsandsentinel.com

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