2017-10-04 / Sports

Tanouye leads Paw Paw Boys Cross Country Team at Progressive Invitational

Harvey leads Lady Indians with 2nd place finish
by Jamie Harris


Dominic Tanouye was the only Morgan County male runner to take home an award from Progressive Physical Therapy Invitational. Dominic Tanouye was the only Morgan County male runner to take home an award from Progressive Physical Therapy Invitational. What a week it was for the Paw Paw Pirates Cross Country Team at the Progressive Invitational last Tuesday, September 26. The Pirates finished in 14th place out of 22 teams in the team standing. What was even more surprising was the Pirates for the first time in recent memory placed higher than their Morgan County neighbor Berkeley Springs High School.

Paw Paw was led by freshman standout Dominic Tanouye who was the only runner from either Morgan County school who placed in the top 20 and earned a medal for his efforts. Tanouye finished in 18th overall with a time of 18:17.30.

Paw Paw was also helped in their outstanding performance by seniors Hunter Kasekamp (44th place, 19:30.3) and Landon Ridgeway (66th place, 20:30.4). Sophomores Coby Ridgeway (117th place, 22:34) and Dylan Moreland (124th place, 23:06) also ran well for the Pirates.

“I'm really proud of the kids, both as individuals and as a team. Dominic ran a personal record of 18:17 to finish in 18th place. That really helped the team score. Out of the 22 full teams who ran on Tuesday, we came in 14th place. This was the first race where we beat Berkeley Springs. Beating the county rivals has always been a goal of ours. The boys have finally done it and now we're looking forward to the PVC and Regional races to see how much we can improve,” stated Paw Paw head coach Ian Helmick.

The Berkeley Springs Indians were led by senior Logan Heironimus who finished in 33rd place with a time of 19:00.2. Senior Davy Mundey finished in 65th place with a time of 20:26.1 while freshman Logan Zimmerman finished in 92nd place with a time of 21:30.

On the girls side, the Berkeley Springs Lady Indians finished in third place out of 17 teams with 90 points. Class AAA Hampshire took the team title with 51 points and Boonsboro, Md. was second with 76 points.

Berkeley Springs was led by freshman Belle Harvey. The freshman who has been coming on strong all season had the best run of her young career at the Progressive. Harvey finished in second place with a time of 21:19.10 behind Hampshire’s Hannah Lipps who is the defending WV AAA state champion.

The Lady Indians also had a strong turnout from senior Stephanie Golden (4th place, 21:39.9), junior Brooke Davison (6th place, 21:44.0), senior Amanda Lupton (19th place, 23:01.8), sophomore Kierstyn Wise (62nd place, 26:22) and freshman Taylor Mason (69th place, 26:39.9).

Paw Paw and Berkeley Springs both will be back in action on Tuesday, October 10 at 2 p.m. when they compete in the Potomac Valley Conference Championships which will be held at the Cacapon State Park Cross Country Course.

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