The Halifax County High School cross-country team competed in the regional meet on Tuesday at Panorama Farms in Western Albemarle where the boys team placed 10th out of 11 total teams and the girls team placed sixth out of six teams.

“We were up against some really impressive competition in our region,” said coach Michelle Palmore.

The team continued their theme over the course of the season with Ethan Kirkhart leading the boys with a 42nd place finish and a time of 18 minutes and 57 seconds, and Kate Bishop leading the girls team placing 30th overall with a time of 23 minutes and 27 seconds.

“Kate Bishop was only a few spots off of qualifying for the state competition, so we will be looking towards that as a goal for next year, for sure,” said Palmore.

She added, “All of our seniors competed well all season and we will definitely miss them next year, but we are excited for the future of the team. We have a good number of runners returning, and if everyone keeps improving like they did this season, then we are in a really good place for next year.”

The Comet runners currently have eight seniors and will have a total of 13 runners who are eligible to return next fall.

The Halifax team had three runners compete in the open race with Brennan Hunt leading the pack with a time of 21 minutes and 58 seconds, Joel Layne with a time of 25 minutes and Cole Johnson who ran a time of 28 minutes and 10 seconds.

“Coach Riddle and I are very proud of our runners and the work they put in this season. Every single runner improved throughout the season, and that is what we like to see,” Palmore concluded.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.