Berkeley Springs Cross Country running hard

by Jamie Harris

The long distance runners from Berkeley Springs High School had two events they participated in this past week. Each event has shown the young Indians team getting faster with each race.

On Tuesday, September 19 the Indians traveled to Keyser for a contest. The Keyser course will be the host to the 2023 PVC Championships later this season on October 10.

The girl’s race featured 38 runners and the Lady Indians had two runners finish in the top ten which helped them to a third place finish. Freshmen Isabelle Bingaman (6th place, 24:41) and Katie Risinger (8th place, 25:00) set the tone for Berkeley Springs.

LJ Sealy

Charity Brown (16th place, 27:34), Kayleigh Coulter (18th place, 28:19), Eva Sealey (23rd place, 30:20) and Cheyenne Lewis (27th place, 30:47) all ran well for Berkeley Springs.

On the boy’s side the Indians finished in fourth place in the team standings. Leading the way was LJ Sealey who finished in eighth place and ran a personal best of 19:34. Josh W alls (18th place, 21:15), Ethan Rawlings (24th place, 21:43), Haven Ailor (27th place, 22:07), Ian Holmes (32nd place, 23:33), Liam Stewart (37th place, 25:11) and Jake Risinger (42nd place, 25:57) all ran well.

This past Saturday, September 23 the cross country team traveled to Grafton for the Bearcat Invitational. This meet is a preview for the upcoming regional championship that will be held in Grafton on October 19.

The Lady Indians finished in 12th place out of 12 teams. Leading Berkeley Springs were Isabelle Bingaman (41st place, 23:06), Katie Risinger (59th place, 24:21), Kayleigh Coulter (82nd place, 27:34), Charity Brown (84th place,27:47), Eva Sealey (89th place, 29:47) and Cheyenne Lewis (93rdplace, 32:23).

On the boy’s side the Indians finished in 13th place out of 15 teams. LJ Sealey (53rd place, 18:58) led the way for Berkeley Springs with a new personal best time. Josh Walls (69th place, 19:59) was able to finally break 20 min- utes in the meet for a new personal best.

Ethan Rawlings (85th place, 21:10), Liam Stewart (98th place, 22:42), Ian Holmes (99th place, 22:44) and Haven Ailor (104th place, 23:21) also competed for the Indians.

“This was a challenging week for the runners, but a good week. We have not had a week with two races yet this season. The kids have been working hard and they are starting to see their progress. In the last few meets, we’ve had many athletes running personal best times. Our next race is September 30 at Hampshire in the Paul Clovis Invitational,” stated Berkeley Springs head coach Ian Helmick.