Three Cavaliers placed in the top 10 of the Southwest District Cross Country Championship in Hillsville on Oct. 22, good enough to qualify the Carroll boys for the upcoming Region IV meet.
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).