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Comets Harriers Fall Short At Metro

A tune-up for the upcoming Western Valley District Meet didn’t go as well as Comets cross country coaches would have liked, with the Halifax boys and girls cross country teams each finishing fifth out of six teams at the Metro Meet at Ballou Park in Danville on Monday. Tunstall won the boys meet with a low score of 53, while Chatham Hall won the girls meet with a low score of 38.

Blake Jones had the highest finish for the Comets at the meet with an eighth-place effort (20:28), while Emily Conner paced the Comets with a time of 25:01, good for 11th-place in the girls meet.

Coaches David Riddle and Brady Taylor saw some positives but were hoping for better results at the Metro, the site of the Western Valley District Meet in October.
“Overall, we were hoping for better results today,” Riddle said.

“One of the goals for the year was to win the Metro and we felt like we could do it on both sides, but we need to be more consistent with our times.

“There were some solid individual performances today.  Blake, Emily and Ashley Burton (15th) made the All-Metro team due to their performances.

“Blake and Ashley are first-year runners and continue to improve, and Emily is getting back to where we expect her to be.”

Several individuals had better times than their previous meet at Ballou Park, according to Riddle, and that was another positive for the team.

“The key today is we once again got experience at the Ballou Park course, which is the site of the Western Valley District Meet,” Riddle noted.

“Our folks should know the course very well by the time we get to late October.”

Boys Results
Tunstall 53
Gretna 64*
GW 64
Chatham 80
Halifax County 99
Dan River 116
*Won Tie Breaker


Girls Results
Chatham Hall 38
GW 77
Tunstall 87
Chatham 91
Halifax County 93
Dan River 111

Comets Boys Times
Blake Jones 20:28
Zach Evans 21:20
Evin Morrison 21:47
Larry Taylor 22:38
Brandon Bollinger 22:45
Corey Rosche 23:34
Gannon Griffin 23:46
Taylor Elliott 23:50
Aaron Little 24:01
Tyler Bentley 24:33
Rusty Thurston 24:35
Jason Dennis 24:56
Trey Burton 30:45

Comets Girls Times
Emily Conner 25:01
Ashley Burton 26:11
Kimi Farmer 27:31
Ashley Bowen 27:52
Cianne Townsend 29:24
Laura Guthrie 30:16
Brittany Cole 34:28
Sydney Puryear 25:01