By Gaylen Duskey

SISSONVILLE - On a day when the temperatures were scorching hot at Camp Virgil Tate, the competition may have even been hotter in the Charleston Catholic Invitational cross country meet Wednesday.

In the hotly contested girls division Hurricane scored 43 points to nose out its Putnam County rival Winfield by 26 as the Generals had 69.

Calhoun finished 10th among teams with a score of 246, three points behind Scott in the Class AAA laden field.

Alex Dent of Hurricane won the individual title by four seconds over Megan Truelove of Winfield, 30:53 to 20:57.

Calhoun's top runner was junior Anna Sampson with a 24th-place finish and a time of 23:57.

Other Calhoun runners included Tracy King in 81st with a time of 29:31; Kayla Hixon 89th with a 31:05; Carrie Graffius 93rd at 32:45; Maria Kisner 101st at 34:11 and Barbara Richards 104th at 36:58.

The meet was the first complete run for Richards after being forced out by a bad case of the flu in one race and a twisted knee in another.

On the boys side, Ravenswood, the defending Class AA-A champion, rolled to an easy victory despite being without its top runner Ben Wise, who was injured.

The Red Devils had 37 points to easily outdistance runner up Winfield, which had 83.

Ravenswood had four of the top 10 runners and seven of the top 25.

Calhoun's top runner was junior Josh Parsons, who had a time of 19:53 for 30th place.

Cai Clothier was Calhoun's other runner and had a time of 23:30 for 89th place.

In the middle school division Cheyenna Oshe had a time of 18:24 while David Overbay came in at 20:44.

Calhoun returns to action Saturday at the Insurance Classic at Ritchie County High School.

Racing starts at 9 a.m.