Matt Coble, Matt Felts and Kendall Haynes all earned All-SWD honors by finishing in the top 15. Their times were just enough to help Carroll place fourth as a team to earn the district’s fourth and final spot in the Region IV Championship Oct. 31 at Christiansburg.
Coble placed third overall out of 47 runners, finishing the 3.1-mile race in 17:39. Felts took fifth with a run of 18:35, while Haynes’ claimed ninth place with a time of 19:07.
Carroll’s Seth Webb and Josh Edwards placed 33rd and 39th respectively, helping the Cavaliers finish fourth and qualify for the regionals with a team score of 89.
Abingdon dominated the race with five runners in the top eight to claim the team title. The Falcons’ Emory Ernest finished as individual champion, setting a new course record with a run of 17:24, while Abingdon teammate Kris Johnston finished four seconds back in second.
Marion took second as a team with a tally of 81, while Tazewell was third with 88. Grundy, Graham and Richlands rounded out spots five through seven.
Carroll County did not have enough girls to compete as a team in the varsity race, but Sydney Randall narrowly missed qualifying for Region IV with an 18th place run of 24:46.
Cavalier teammate Felicia Combs finished 23rd overall with a time of 25:15, while Rosa Boyd was 26th with a time of 25:48. Carroll’s Casey Lawson came in 30th with a run of 26:38.
Individual champion Melanie Rice of Marion set a new course record in Hillsville with a run of 19:31. Marion also claimed the team title with a tally of 40 points. Also qualifying for Region IV were Abingdon (48), Grundy (56) and Graham (75).
Carroll’s Austin Puckett placed 13th overall in the junior varsity race with a time of 23:00. Teammate Bennie Bolen was 16th with a time of 24:09. He was followed by Carroll’s Jon Robinson (24:57) and Brennen Gravley (25:43).