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Comets boys track team finishes as runner-up

Through the first mile of Wednesday’s Piedmont District cross country meet at Edmunds Park, Halifax County High School runner Gabe Pool appeared to be in good position.

Pool trailed GW runner Gelawdemos Truesaw, but was positioned where he needed to be to make a late-race push. During the early stages of the second mile of the 3.1-mile race, Pool’s legs started to get sore as a result of fatigue from competing in his second race in three days. 

As a result, Pool dropped his pace, and ultimately finished third behind winner Truesaw and runner-up Asten Catron of Magna Vista High School.

“My legs just hadn’t rested enough for me to go all-out again,” Pool explained.

“It felt like a good start. I had a good pace. I didn’t drop pace until Mile Two. My legs started to burn and I couldn’t keep pace.”

Pool’s third-place finish made him the top finisher for the Comets. Ford Morrison finished sixth, Andrew Liegey finished eighth and Andrew Hudson finished 10th to give the Comets four runners finishing in the top 10.

While the Comets had four runners finishing in the top 10, it wasn’t enough as GW won the meet, edging the Comets by three points, 37-40, with Magna Vista High School finishing third with 51 points.

“Obviously, we’re not real excited about that,” Comets Coach Brady Taylor said of his team’s close loss to GW.

“We don’t like losing, and we really don’t like losing to GW. We tied them last week and we dropped three points to them this week. We’re going the wrong direction. We expect that to change very soon.

Taylor was pleased with the efforts of Pool and Morrison.

“I thought Gabe ran a good race,” Taylor said, “and Ford Morrison stepped up for us as well. We have some positive things going for us.”

Taylor said the fact that his team was competing in its second meet in three days may have had an effect on his team’s performance.

“This being the second race of the week and the second race in three days may have resulted in some dead legs,” Taylor noted.

“The dead legs is an excuse, but we don’t like to make excuses. The bottom line is we’ve got to push a little bit harder.”

The course that the teams competed on in Wednesday’s meet was a revised course that included much of the same course used last season. Work on the course was not completed until a few hours before race time.

“We had to make changes because of the improvements that are being made to the park,” Taylor explained.

“I would still put this course up against any course in the state. I know we haven’t been to a nicer course and most teams that come here tell me the same thing.”

Taylor said the changes to the course should have had minimal to no effect on his team. 

“It may have had a role, but we’ve known what the course was going to be all week long, and they practiced on it yesterday (Tuesday). They (the Comets runners) had a pretty good idea. It just wasn’t completely cut out and marked. We expect to see times drop in next Wednesday’s meet.”