by Jamie Harris
The 2021 Class A/AA Region I Cross Country Championships were held this past Thursday, October 21, at West Taylor Elementary School cross country course.
The course which is home to the Grafton Bearcats welcomed eight teams and a total of 92 runners with all the same goal to earn a top eleven placement and move on to the WV State Cross Country Championships next week at Cabell Midland High School.
Berkeley Springs was able to have one runner punch their ticket to the state championships as sophomore Audrey Helmick continued her stellar season. Helmick ran a strong 21:35 to finish fifth in the region and earn her second straight trip to the state cross country championships.
The Lady Indians had five other runners competing and finish the challenging 3.1 mile course. Alivia Arnold (53rd place, 28:02), Delilah Rhoten (54th place, 28:23), Azrai Wiltshire (55th place, 28:47), Julia Bryner (56th place, 28:58) and Rebecca Moran (59th place, 32:31) ran well. Another Lady Indians runner Jillian Fortney was unable to compete due to an injury. The Lady Indians finished in seventh place in the team standings.
On the boy’s side the Indians finished in fifth place in the team standings. Unfortunately, the Indians were not able to get a state qualifier. Jackson Mundey (19th place, 18:18), Aiden Carpenter (23rd place, 18:38), Brett Shoemaker (39th place, 20:49), Matthew Leasure (50th place, 23:40), Ethan Rutherford (51st place, 23:42) and Briar Hale (53rd place, 31:41) all ran well for the Tribe.
“Audrey will go on to represent BSHS and compete at the state meet on Saturday, October 30 at Cabell Midland High School. This will be her second trip to the state level for cross country,” stated Coach Ian Helmick.