SHS boys run to first in home meet

Published 11:28 am Thursday, October 20, 2011

SHS runners led by Bryan Draper,in front and second from right, start a home meet that they won against Southside District foes Park View, Prince Edward and Greensville County. Draper took second overall in the meet.| Don Bridgers

The Southampton High School boys cross country team won its first Southside District contest of the year during a home meet Wednesday.

SHS won the meet with 39 points, followed by Prince Edward with 42 points, Greensville with 54 points and Park View with 97 points.

Bryan Draper finished second overall with a time of 19:39. Jeffrey Vincent finished fifth with a time of 20:28, Kevin Watford finished eighth with a time of 21:03, Reece Britt finished 10th with a time of 21:09 and Treshaun Chappell finished 14th with a t time of 21:42. Daniel Lowdermilk finished 17th overall with a time of 21:54 and Chris Dunlow finished 20th with a time of 22:59.

“All five runners have been the top five Southampton runners the entire season,” said Coach Scott Edwards. “If they run the same way next week at the district meet at Greensville, we have a great chance at winning the district title.”

Edwards added that any runner who finishes in the top 15 at next week’s event will qualify for the regional meet.

The girls team finished third in the meet with 55 points. Prince Edward won the event with 29 points, Park View came in second with 47 points and Greensville came in fourth with 85 points.

On the girls’ side, Holly Moore finished sixth overall with a time of 27:36, Kelsey Thomas finished 9th overall with a time of 28:42, Ashley Giorgi finished 11th with a time of 28:49, Allie Best finished 14th with a time of 29:42 and Megan Owens finished 15th with a time of 30:08 and Amber Gurganus finished 18th with a time of 31:27.

Eighth graders Jessica Fox and Sarah Giorgi finished second and sixth respectively, but were not counted in the results, Edwards said.

“The varsity girls have not been able to beat Prince Edward on the season, so they are working to place in the top 15 in the district meet,” Edwards said. “If they make it in the top 15, they will qualify to run in the regional meet.”

The Southside District champion will be crowned after a meet Wednesday, Oct 26 at Greensville High School.