(09/07/2005)
By Gaylen Duskey

realfang@citlink.net

The Calhoun County High School girls cross country team may have done something it has never done before - win a meet.

The Red Devils scored a 24-31 (in cross country the lowest score wins) victory over Gilmer County Tuesday afternoon in the SOCCR meet at the county park. It may be the first victory in school history.

Coach Melinda Fitzwater said she does not remember the Red Devils ever winning a meet as did long time athletic director Roger Propst.

The victory over the Titans came four days after the Red Devils had another historical high point by not finishing last in a large meet for the first time in several years. The Red Devils were eighth out of nine teams (beating Lincoln High School) while finishing a mere three points behind Gilmer County, 214-217.

Freshman Anna Sampson led the way for the Red Devils, placing first with a time of 27.33 one second ahead of Gilmer's Lark Butler (27:34).

Junior Grace Keaffaber was third overall with a time of 28:17, three seconds better than Elizabeth Duskey who took fourth place for the Red Devils.

Gilmer's Shae Gainer finished fifth at 28:52 while the Titans' Beth Ann Meyers was sixth at 29:03.

Calhoun freshman Maria Kisner was next with a time of 30:41. Gilmer's Jessica Hixson and Calhoun senior Teresa Little followed her.

On the boys side Gilmer's Kevin Smith led the way. Calhoun's top finisher was junior David Lee. He was followed by freshman Dustin Simmons.

In the middle school race (which is 2 miles instead of the 3.1 miles the high school runs) Gilmer's Noah Kinder won with a time of 13:15 while his brother Cam Kinder was two seconds behind.

Steven Keaffaber was Calhoun's top runner followed by Cai Clothier. Emily Brady had the top time on the girl's side.

Calhoun returns to action next Tuesday in the Doddridge Invitational.


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