The Halifax County High School boys and girls cross-country teams placed second in their Piedmont District meet on Tuesday at Martinsville High School.

Ethan Kirkhart led the boys team with a fourth-place finish and a time of 19 minutes and 42 seconds and was followed by fellow Comet Will Van Opstal who finished tenth overall with a time of 20 minutes and 18 seconds. The boys team was unable to keep the race close to the Tunstall boys as they pulled away early in the race. Tunstall scored a team low of 31 points and Halifax scored a 61 in the meet.

“On the guy’s side we fell off a little after having a couple of close races with Tunstall in recent meets. We will be using this as motivation for our next meet,” said coach David Riddle.

The Comet girls had four girls finish in the top 10: Kate Bishop, who placed third overall with a time of 24 minutes and 19 seconds, Lydia Wenzel, who placed sixth overall and came across the finish line at 26 minutes and 26 seconds, Morgan Crenshaw, who finished seventh overall with a time of 27 minutes and two seconds, and Mallory Salley, who placed 10th and finished with a time of 27 minutes and 40 seconds.

Halifax and Tunstall were neck and neck during the girls race, and unfortunately, Tunstall surpassed Halifax at the end and scored a team low of 38. Halifax finished with a score of 39.

“The one-point loss to Tunstall was a tough one. We have been close with them all year, either beating them by a couple or losing by a few. You try not to overthink what could have gone the other way, but we will simply use this as motivation for the next meet,” said Riddle.

Three Halifax runners, Brennan Hunt, Joel Layne and Cole Johnson, also competed in the jayvee race during the Piedmont District meet.

Hunt finished with a time 22 minutes and 30 seconds, Layne finished with a time of 26 minutes 24 seconds, and Johnson ran a time of 28 minutes and seven seconds.

“We have a solid group with a great deal of potential. We just need to harness all of that and come together as a team for our final regular season meet next week and the postseason that follows,” Riddle concluded.

The Halifax County cross country team is gearing up for the postseason but first will compete in their final regular season Piedmont District meet on Tuesday in Martinsville.

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.