For the Cumberland Times-News
SHORT GAP, W.Va. — The Hampshire girls continued their area dominance and dominance of the Frankfort Cross Country Invitational as the Lady Trojans ran to their fifth straight team title in the 20th edition of the event Tuesday at Frankfort.
Meanwhile, in a very close boys race, Musselman squeaked out its first Frankfort Invite title with a score of 69, one point ahead of runner-up Hampshire, as first through fourth places in the boys race were within eight points, making this the most competitive boys race in history.
In the girls race, four Hampshire and three Mountain Ridge girls battled to the finish one through seven, as Mountain Ridge’s Molly Offstein finished first in a time of 21:58, followed by Hampshire’s Ashleigh Martin in 22:03.
In third place was Madison Offstein of Mountain Ridge (22:27), followed by Hampshire’s Morgan Roach (23:01) and Rachel Lipps (23:29), Mountain Ridge’s Andy Bennett (23:37) and Hampshire’s Mary Feaster (23:40). Rounding out the top 10 were Tucker County’s Madison Mullenax (23:32), Bishop Walsh’s Maggie Czapski (23:45) and Frankfort’s Julianna Butcher (24:14).
Hampshire finished first as a team with 25 points, followed by Musselman at 71, Frankfort at 81, Tucker County at 94 and Bishop Walsh at 131. Ten other schools took part in the event.
In the boys meet, Musselman won the team title with 69 points, followed by Hampshire at 70, Keyser at 74, Frankfort at 77 and Southern Garrett at 96. Ten other schools took part in the boys race as well.
Musselman’s Shane Rigsby finished first in 18:50, followed by Keyser’s Leland Henderson (18:55). Musselman’s Austin Jenner was third (19:29), Frankfort’s Lucas Young fourth (19:34) and Musselman’s Josh Leake fifth (19:43).
Allegany’s Walker Magrath (19:53) finished fifth, followed by Frankfort’s Jason Detrick (19:54), Southern’s Greyson Messenger (19:57) and Devan Hamrick (20:01) and Keyser’s Jordan Lawrence (20:02).
The races were run through high heat and humidity, with the heat preventing a few athletes from completing the course and forcing the cancellation of the Reserve race.