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Bears place 2nd at Brooke

September 10, 2012
Salem News

WELLSBURG - Bears are used to dealing with the elements.

Saturday morning, the Oak Glen boys' and girls' cross country teams dealt with inclement weather at the annual Wendy's Brooke Invitational at Brooke High School.

The boys had to contend with a few sprinkles during their race, but a downpour occurred about halfway through he girls' race.

In the end, both teams brought back second-place finishes to northern Hancock County.

Parkersburg South finished first in the boys' meet with 26 points, Oak Glen placed second with 47 points and Wheeling Central ended up third with 80 points.

Brooke finished fourth with 80 points.

The Patriots had three runners finish in the top five with two finishing first and second in the race.

The Golden Bears had three runners place in the top six en route to finishing second.

"The boys' ran really well," Oak Glen head coach Adam Howell said. "Ethan Malcomb, Eric Oliver and Brock Smith finished third, fourth and sixth. They ran their best times of the season. We are headed in the right direction."

Parkersburg South also won the girls' meet. The Patriots finished first with 34 points.

Oak Glen placed second with 48 points, Weir ended up third with 54 points and Brooke finished fourth with 82 points.

Parkersburg South placed three girls in the top 10.

"The girls ran really well today," Howell said. "Kelsey Chambers finished second overall. It was kind of the same thing for the girls.

"About five minutes in, completely downpoured. It was like a monsoon. The girls ran through it and ran their best times of the season.

"The cooler weather helps a lot. The rain didn't help so much. Without it, the times would have been faster."

The Patriots not only swept the team titles, but they also claimed the individual ones.

Tylor Brown (17:58.14) finished first on the boys' side, and teammate Derek Dillon (17:58.44) placed second.

Justin Thompson (18:16.64) finished fifth.

For Oak Glen, Malcomb ended up third with a time of 18:00.37, Oliver finished fourth with a time of 18:10.93 and Smith finished sixth with a time of 18:17.26.

Also for the Golden Bears, Skylar Lamp (19:40.38) finished 14th, Brandon Rhodes (20:48.53) finished 21st and Rhett Koper (21:13.19) finished 25th.

Finally, Myka McGaffic (21:22.03) placed 28th.

"It's flat and fast," Howell said about the course at Brooke. "It's basically all grass around fields and stuff. It's the fastest course we have run this year. It's faster than Salem which we went to for the first meet."

April Kirk (19:33.49) finished first for the Patriots on the girls' side.

Also for Parkersburg South, Rachel Teter (22:04.53) finished fifth, and Lacey Heiden (24:04.94) ended up sixth.

For Oak Glen, Chambers placed second with a time of 20:39.05. Chambers was joined in the top 10 by teammate Casey Baird.

Baird ended up ninth with a time of 24:35.37.

Also for the Golden Bears, Kayla Swiger placed 12th with a time of 25:39.24, Kaylee Coble finished 14th with a time of 26:33.46 and Devan Maynes placed 20th with a time of 28:55.63.

"So far so good," Howell said about how the season has gone for his two teams. "We are headed in the right direction with things.

"Tuesday, we run at Doddridge County at Doddridge Invitational. We will run on the course where we will have our regional meet. We will be able to see where we stand. A lot of th best teams in the state will be there. It is a big meet for us. We will see where we stand Tuesday."

As with all teams in all sports at this point of the season, the Golden Bears are dealing with some injuries.

"We're where I thought we would be," Howell said. "We're doing it with a couple banged up kids. We have some little health issues here and there, but overall we are right on track overall for where we need to be.

"I think we are going to be competitive the rest of the season going into the regional meet where we will be fighting for a place at the state meet."



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