Cross-Country Season Returns

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Members of the Nandua and Northampton boys teams begin the race.

Story and Photos by Adolphus Ames —

Cross-country season returned last Wednesday,  Sept. 8. Girls and boys teams from Northampton, Nandua, and Arcadia competed in a 5-kilometer course at Northampton High School.

The course was designed by Ernest Bethel, first year head coach for the Northampton boys team. Bethel ran cross-country at Bethel High School and Virginia State University. He also had an opportunity to run for New Balance, where his top 5K time was 15:03.

Weather conditions were not ideal for the first meet. Gray skies hung overhead throughout the girls’ race, before transforming into a steady downpour of rain that ended the boys’ race prematurely. 

Top finishers in the girls category were: Grace Bentley (NAN 27:04), Lizania Morales (NHS 27:05), Laylah Jones (NAN 28:52), Jocelyn Torres (NHS 30:30), and Taylor Thornes (NAN 30:48).