The second annual Nelson McConnell Cross Country Championships was held at Rotary Field last Wednesday.
“We named the elementary championships after Mr. McConnell because of his incredible dedication to our sport and to honor his 40+ years of service to the track and cross country programs at Patrick County High School and his positive impact on our great community,” said Coach Danel Slaydon.
The meet brought together 90 of the fastest boys and girls from across the county. Each elementary school sends their three fastest boys and three fastest girls from the fifth, sixth and seventh grades. The athletes compete not only for individual glory, but for overall team glory as well.
“This year’s race was extremely competitive, and we were so pleased with the effort put forth by all of the athletes,” said Slaydon.
The boys’ race was won by Landon Walsh (seventh grade) of Blue Ridge Elementary School, who pulled away to victory in the final 25 meters. Landon also set a new course record with a time of 5:52.
The girls’ race was won by Missy Hazard (sixth grade) of Woolwine Elementary School, in a speedy time of 6:54.
“The purpose of this race is to introduce our youngsters to the great sport of cross country and to provide a platform for kids to have fun, get fit, and be successful,” Slaydon said.
The overall boys’ team title was won by Blue Ridge Elementary School, beating Hardin Reynolds Memorial School by a slim four-point margin. The overall girls’ team title went to Stuart Elementary School, who knocked off defending champs, Blue Ridge, by just two points.
“This race gets more exciting and competitive every year, and we look forward to seeing these rivalries continue to develop. We would like to thank our generous sponsors, county teachers and administrators, and parents for helping to make this event such a success,” Slaydon added.
Boys’ Team Scores
1. Blue Ridge Elementary School, 35; 2. Hardin Reynolds Memorial School, 39; 3. Woolwine Elementary School, 62; 4. Meadows of Dan, 104; 5. SES
Girls’ Team Scores
1. SES, 54; 2. Blue Ridge Elementary School, 56; 3. Hardin Reynolds Memorial School, 74; 4. Woolwine Elementary School, 75; 5. Meadows of Dan, 93.
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