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Girls harriers score close win

Emma Worsley ran a good race when Halifax County High School hosted GW-Danville and Magna Vista High School Wednesday in a Piedmont District meet at Edmunds Park. 

It just wasn’t quite good enough on this day.

GW runner Alliya Kauteman won the race, turning in a time of 24 minutes and 17 seconds on the 3.1-mile course, beating Worsley to the finish line by 27 seconds.

“This wasn’t my best race, but it was good,” Worsley remarked.

“There were a few times where I kept her in sight, but I didn’t push but so much. I didn’t want to get in front of her and then give out. I tried to keep it where I could see her at all times.”

As a team, the Comets had a good day, edging GW 28-33 to win the meet by a five-point margin. Magna Vista High School finished third with 74 points.

As in Worsley’s case, the Comets, as a team, put forth a good effort in scoring their fourth straight win in Piedmont District competition and improving their season record to 4-1.

Yet, Comets Coach Brady Taylor wasn’t entirely happy.

“We won again, which is good,” Taylor said, “but GW is nipping at our heels. Last week we had them by 10 or 15 points, and this week it’s only five. We’re happy with the win because we expect to win. We’re not happy with them sneaking up on us.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do with the girls team, but we feel like this is possibly the best girls cross country team we’ve ever had at Halifax County High School,” added Taylor.

“Because of that, the expectations are a lot higher.”

GW runners Caroline Tucker and Adrieka Thomas finished third and fourth respectively. But, the next seven spots belonged to the Comets, with Jessica Hinds, Paige Nichols, Gabby Nelson, Baylee Snead, Lucy Morrison, Mary Popek and Berkley Conner taking the fifth through 11th spots respectively.

“I gave it all of my effort,” Hinds remarked after the race.

“Each race gets harder and harder because I keep trying to push myself. It’s my senior year and my first year of running cross country, so it’s a little difficult for me to keep up with the top runners.”

The three teams competed on a revamped Edmunds Park course for the first time on Wednesday. Changes had to made from the course that had been used in previous seasons due to improvements in park amenities.

“The final course was just put down today,” Worsley pointed out. 

“We walked it today before we ran it. There are parts that are more difficult, especially being in the sun longer. Just being in the swing of the old course, it played on your mind some. Overall, they made a good layout.”