Hampshire's Lucas 5th, Frankfort's Ferguson 6th at state meet

Frankfort’s Chaysie Barnes competes during the West Virginia Cross Country state championships held at Cabell Midland High School last week. Barnes finished 13th.

ONA, W.Va. — Hampshire’s Chris Lucas finished fifth overall and Garrett Ferguson’s sixth-place finish helped Frankfort take third as a team at the West Virginia cross country championships held last Saturday on a cool, clear day at Cabell Midland High School.

Ferguson completed the course on 16:50 and became the first freshman in school history to achieve All-State.

Lucas turned in his best time of 16:24 and helped the Trojans to a sixth-place finish in the Class AAA meet. Three Trojans came within five places of each other as Andrew Dorsey crossed 39th (17:42) followed by Coltyn Kile 41st (17:45) and William Saville 43rd (17:48).

Hampshire’s Austin Ramsay was 69th (18:36), Hunter Rose 76th (18:49) and Dennis Davis 85th (19:36).

The Hampshire girls came in eighth overall led by Danielle Davis’s 30th-place finish. Alexandrea Kile was 34th (21:05), Magnolia Odom 49th (21:52), Katlyn Dice 54th (22:02), Jada Fout 61st (22:24), Deidra Haines 65th (22:34) and Emalee Bradley 81st (24:18).

In the A/AA girls race, the Falcons’ Chaysie Barnes ran a personal-best 20:47 to finish 13th. Keyser’s Averi Everline crossed 52nd (22:08).

The Falcons’ boys team, among 170 runners in the A/AA field, placed four in the top 20 to earn their third place showing. Xander Shoemake crossed in 13th place (17:03) and Evan Pyles was 15th (17:15) followed by Anthony Sanders in 20th with his personal-best time of 17:30.

Others for Frankfort were Jacob Ridgel (18:15), Christian Cimaglia (18:20), and Peyton Slider coming in 56th, 61st and 63rd, respectively. Slider ran a personal record time of 18:25. Frankfort finished the season 194-18.

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