Carroll County’s Samuel Haynes is the Conference 24 individual cross country champion and Conference 24 Runner of the Year after his performance Oct. 26 in Martinsville.
Haynes, a senior for the Cavaliers, earned both honors by bested a field consisting of runners from Pulaski County, Carroll County, William Byrd, William Fleming, Bassett and Salem at the Conference 24 Championships held Oct. 26 at River Sports Complex in Martinsville. Haynes finished the 3.1-mile course in 16:41 to top runner-up Westin Recktenwald of William Byrd by eight seconds. By virtue of his performance, Haynes qualified for the Region 4A West Championships to be held Nov. 2 at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester.
“It feels pretty good to finally get the conference championship. God has really blessed me this season and I’m glad all my hard work is paying off now,” Haynes said. “This is my fourth conference in cross country. I was 16th my first year and missed Regions by a spot, then got fourth in the 10th grade and I finished second last year to (2016 Carroll County graduate) Tyler Barrett. I finally won it my senior year so it is definitely a moment I will remember.”
Haynes’ sister, Sydney, also punched her ticket to the Region 4A West Championship on Oct. 26. Haynes, also a senior at CCHS, earned the honor by placing fourth overall in the varsity girls’ race with a time of 20:53. She was Carroll’s only participant in the varsity girls’ race.
Wesley Perkins placed 24th for the Cavalier varsity boys with a run of 19:50. Teammate Josh Myers finished 26th with a time of 20:11 and Ebrahim Warshana took the 30th spot in 20:54. Carroll’s Carson Piatt claimed the 36th position in 21:41, Trace Robinson was 38th with a time of 21:56 and Dakota Guynn placed 39th in 24:29.
Noah McMillan and Christian Barnard ran for the Cavaliers in the JV boys’ race. McMillian finished 22nd with a time of 24:08 and Barnard was 25th in 25:50.
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