By Allen Hamrick
The CCHS cross country team took to the road last week to compete in the Regional Championships at Pikeview High School.
There, both the boys’ and girls’ teams competed for the chance to advance to the state competition held in Huntington. Teams also had to place in the Top Four in order for the whole team to be able to advance to the states.
The boys were set to run first, and there were high hopes that this would be the first time in school history that a CCHS cross country team would qualify for the state competition. With speedster Trevor Armes leading the team, they stood a better than good chance of getting there.
This was a tough course with the hills involved and it would be a tough run. However, when the first of the runners were in sight of the finish line, Armes was in second place closing in on first. Armes crossed the line placing second in the region just behind the Nicholas County runner. The rest of the boys finished ahead of most of the pack and did a good job of running for the team points. Once all the points per runner were added up, the official word came that the CCHS boys team finished fourth overall and were heading to the state competition.
The girls were up next, and kept pace with the pack but unfortunately didn’t get enough points to place in the Top Four. They have done a whale of a job for the team all year long and have set the pace for future runners of the Cross Country team.
The track at Huntington will be a faster course than the regional track, and this will no doubt play into the hands of Armes and the rest of the team as they go for the gold.
Congratulations to Armes on the second place finish and to the rest of the team. Good luck at the state competition.