Home cross country meet grows in size and competitiveness

Al Macnaughton, Guest Contributer

With a record 17 teams from Virginia & West Virginia participating in the Graham Invitational, the G-Men faced a large field of quality runners!


Senior Julia Day led the G-Girls taking home the 12th place trophy with a good time of 23:52 on the hot and hilly 5K or 3.1 mile course. In her best race of the season, Freshman Lauren Pearce steadily moved up the entire race cruising into 26th place only 6 seconds off her personal best with a time of 25:47. Senior Elise Clary ran an aggressive race sprinting to 27th in 26:08. Feeling the effects of a recent illness Junior Emma Seay gutted out a 27:18 for 33rd. Helping the girls team to secure a 5th place finish out of 17 participating teams Junior Rebecca Smith came in 43rd with a 29:24.



The 80+ degree heat wasn’t the only thing that was hot at the Graham Invitational. The boy’s race featured three of the top teams, Union, Pikeview and Grayson County, in Virginia & West Virginia. Senior Dan Pearce and Freshman Bryce Havens showed that they could run with the best. Pearce, 29th, had a respectable time of 20:07 on the hilly course. Havens worked his way up from the back of the pack to take 66th in 23:27.

Next up for the G-Men is the Grayson County Forest Run Invitational on Wednesday 10/2. Go Graham!!!