2017-10-25 / Sports

Lady Indians Cross Country Team captures Region I Championship

by Jamie Harris


Berkeley Springs High School Cross Country Class A/AA Regional Champions - left to right: Leah Reed, Katey Caperton, McKenna Maravelis, Alex Banks, Brooke Davison, Stephanie Golden, Belle Harvey, Amanda Lupton, Kirsten Wise, Taylor Mason and Hannah Moran. 
photo by Stacy Heironimus Berkeley Springs High School Cross Country Class A/AA Regional Champions - left to right: Leah Reed, Katey Caperton, McKenna Maravelis, Alex Banks, Brooke Davison, Stephanie Golden, Belle Harvey, Amanda Lupton, Kirsten Wise, Taylor Mason and Hannah Moran. photo by Stacy Heironimus Twenty teams from the WV Class A/AA Region I ventured into Morgan County to the Warm Springs Middle and Warm Springs Intermediate campus on Thursday, October 19 to try to punch their ticket for the WV State Cross Country Championships. However the challenging 3.1 mile course that sits on both schools campus presented a daunting test for all the opposition.

One team not fazed by the challenging hills and rugged terrain was the #1 ranked Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians.

Going into the meet Berkeley Springs knew that they would be challenged by long-time rivals Philip Barbour and East Fairmont. Philip Barbour’s Jessica Melvin was A/AA number one ranked runner and the Lady Indians knew all they had to do was have their five top runners place higher than the rest of the Philip Barbour top runners and a region championship would be in their reach.

As expected Melvin dominated the girl’s race from start to finish winning with a time of 19:21 to outdistance East Fairmont’s Erykah Christopher by 35 seconds. Philip Barbour also had a third place finisher senior Kierra Hodge.

With first and third locked up Berkeley Springs had to turn up the pace and they did not disappoint the large home crowd in attendance. Freshman sensation Belle Harvey finished in fourth place with a time of 20:44.

Then junior Brooke Davison finished in sixth place with a time of 21:04. Berkeley Springs added a third runner to the top 10 place winners when senior Stephanie Golden finished in 10th place with a time of 21:34.

To put the finishing touches to a region championship the Lady Indians wrapped two more places in the top 20 as senior Amanda Lupton (18th place, 22:31) and junior Alex Banks (20th place, 22:40) ran hard to lock up the title for the Tribe. Taylor Mason (32nd place, 23:31) and Kierstyn Wise (54th place, 25:18) also ran well for Berkeley Springs.

With five runners in the top 20 Berkeley Springs scored 58 points to outdistance Philip Barbour (75 points) and East Fairmont (80 points) to claim their third Class A/AA Regional Championship in four years.

With their region team championship all seven of the Lady Indians runners qualify for next week’s Class A/AA State Cross Country Championships this coming Saturday, October 28 at Cabell Midland High School.

Berkeley Springs will be gunning for their third state title in the last four years.

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