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Coemt harriers post first victory

Lucy Morrison had a smile on her face as she relaxed with her teammates on the Halifax County High School cross country team.  The Comets’ freshman earlier had won the girls race involving teams from Halifax County High School, Greensville County High School and Bluestone High School.

“I felt good coming into the race,” Morrison said after Wednesday afternoon’s race.

“I’ll be better next time.”

Morrison toured the 3.1-mile course at Edmunds Park in a time of 25 minutes and 58 seconds. She bettered her time from the previous week’s meet by about 30 seconds and topped her second-place finish of last week in the process.

“It was easier this time because I’ve run the course a couple of times and I know it better,” Morrison pointed out.

This race was also easier because the event was split into two races, one for the girls teams and one for the boys teams. The boys and girls teams ran together in one race in last week’s season-opening meet with Prince Edward County High School and Person (N.C.) High School.

“Usually, I pace with the boys,” Morrison pointed out.

“I started out a little faster than I should have. I slowed down in my second and third mile, but I hung in there and finished strong. I think I can knock maybe another minute off of my time.”

While Morrison captured her first win in varsity competition, Comets junior Ethan Collie prevailed in the boys meet, giving him two wins in a row to start the season and four wins in his last five races on the Edmunds Park course.

Collie knocked off approximately 45 seconds from his winning time of last week enroute to winning Wednesday’s race. With a time of 18:45, Collie finished about a minute and a half ahead of race runner-up Alphonso Boone of Greensville County High School.

“I just felt a lot better today,” Collie said.

“I hard more carbs (carbohydrates) in me and I feel I was better prepared. I’m feeling better each race. The last race, I felt really bad when I stopped running. I still felt pretty bad this time, but it wasn’t quite as bad as it was.”

Even with two straight wins under his belt, Collie feels he still has room for improvement.

“I’m getting there,” he remarked.

“I think I can bring my time down by 30 seconds to a minute each race.”

While it was a big day for Morrison and Collie, it was also a big day for the Comets as a team. The Comets swept the meet, with the Comets girls edging Greensville County High School 25-40 and the Comets boys winning 22-34. Bluestone High School did not have enough runners in either meet to count a team score.

The win was the first of the season for the Comets teams, which had narrowly lost to Prince Edward County High School here in last week’s season-opening meet.

“We feel better about ourselves this week than we did last week,” said Comets Head Coach Brady Taylor.

“We saw a lot of times go down today. The more they go down, the better we’re going to get. Collie knocked 45 seconds off of last week’s time, which, when you’re at the top of the race, is a big chunk. Lucy’s time came down. We have guys further down the ladder that knocked eight minutes off of last week. That shows they’re getting in better shape and starting to figure this thing out.”

The Comets will return to action Tuesday when they travel to Roxboro, N.C. to face Person (N.C.) High School. J.F. Webb High School of Oxford, N.C. may also compete in that meet, which is set for a 5 p.m. start.


HCHS 25 Greensville County High School 40

Girls Race

Lucy Morrison (HC) – 25:58

Emily Nester (HC) – 27:20

Elyse Hammond (B) – 27:36

Erin Moseley (GC) – 28:08

Kelly Burke (GC) – 29:31

Lexie Barron (HC) – 29:47

Monica Puckett (HC) – 30:26

Baylee Snead (HC) – 31:01

Kelsey Franklin (B) – 31:31

Laura Guthrie (HC) – 31:33

Caitie Everett (HC) – 31:46

Jessica Conner (HC) – 32:07

Berkley Conner (HC) – 32:25

Morgan Arthur (HC) – 33:52

Jessie Talley (HC) – 36:06

Jenna Phillips (GC) – 43:37

Mikayla Harrison (GC) – 43:40

Christal Dunlow (GC) – 47:18

Abigail King (GC) – 47:27


HCHS 22 Greensville County High School 34

Boys Race

Ethan Collie (HC) – 18:45

Alphonso Boone (GC) 20:05

Andrew Liegey (HC) – 20:11

Vatsal Lal (HC) – 20:33

Ryan Sykes (GC) – 21:41

Evin Morrison (HC) – 22:06

Jason Sexton (GC) – 22:37

Ryan Throckmorton (HC) – 22:38

Marcus Hicks (GC) – 22:41

Parth Patel (HC) – 22:41

Larry Taylor Jr. (HC) – 23:16

Sergio Velazquez (HC) – 23:27

Roger Smith (HC) – 23:32

Forrest Nunn (HC) – 23:36

Gannon Griffin (HC) – 23:43

Warren Smith (GC) – 23:47

Andrew Hatcher (HC) – 24:03

Kevin Murphy (B) – 25:37

Andrew Hudson (HC) – 26:02

Nathan Allen (GC) – 26:31

Tyler Zimmerman (GC) – 27:00

Rasheem Lucas (GC) – 28:26

David Allen (GC) – 29:18

Chase Cole (HC) – 31:47

Dustin Moseley (GC) – 33:29

Sebastian Taylor (HC) – 33:31

Evaan Sodaski (GC) – 34:08

Tyler Griles (B) – 38:36

Drew Edwards (B) – 38:36

Gage Elliott (B) – 38:36

Greensville Co. Runner – 39:05