Southampton undefeated through two cross country meets

Published 4:40 pm Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Southampton cross country squad traveled to Greensville County to participate in the first TriRivers District meet of the season. In a race against Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Brunswick, Franklin and Park View, it was the Southampton boys that came out on top with a team score of 23 points.

Senior Justin Heiser finished sixth and 11th, respectively, in Southampton's two races this season. -- FILE PHOTO

Senior Justin Heiser finished sixth and 11th, respectively, in Southampton’s two races this season. — FILE PHOTO

Senior Kendall Butler finished third, while senior Justin Heiser (sixth), freshman Jeremy Harmon (seventh), senior Thomas Taylor (eighth) and freshman Luke Piferi (ninth) added top 10 finishes. Sophomore Hunter Bryant and senior Warren Hasting finished 12th and 18th, respectively, in the race which featured 49 runners.

Park View placed second, ARGS finished third, and Greensville and Brunswick did not receive a team score because neither had enough varsity runners to participate.

The Southampton girls finished second, while ARGS finished in first place overall in the 35-person race.

Junior Carrie Beale paced the Indians with a fifth-place finish, while freshman Hannah Williams and sophomore Cierra Owen rounded out the top 10 with a ninth- and 10th-place finish, respectively.

“We had a good first meet,” said head coach Scott Edwards. “We were missing two of the top seven boys and three of the top seven girls.”

Last year’s boys team finished the season undefeated in district play, while the girls finished second in the standings.

“It looks as if we can have a similar result this year,” Edwards said. “The girls and boys should do better next week when we have everyone back.”

The team did just that, as both the boys and girls squads finished first in Southampton’s first home meet of the season. The boys team finished with a final score of 43, while the girls completed the race with 35 points to capture the win.

Kendall Butler once again paced the Indians, finishing second overall, while Brandon McGuire added a fifth-place finish for the boys. Kelby Lewis led the girls with a fourth-place finish, while Hope Weidemann, Carrie Beale, Sarah Giorgi and Hannah Williams rounded out Southampton’s top ten finishers.

The teams will compete in another TriRivers District meet on Wednesday at Franklin High School.