John Marshall’s Zervos Places 11th

Morgantown, University dominate TRAC meet

John Marshall’s Zara Zervos runs to an 11th place finish at the TRAC cross country meet at Grand Vue Park on Tuesday. Photo by Kyle Lutz

MOUNDSVILLE — John Marshall’s Zara Zervos has had a busy schedule for her first year as a Monarch. Just one day after scoring four goals in a victory over Magnolia, the freshman led the way for the Monarchs as the TRAC cross country meet at Grand Vue Park on Tuesday. Zervos finished 11th in a time of 22:20.66 and was the top local finisher.

“She felt good physically, she’s a freshman, she’s still mentally trying to figure out things,” John Marshall cross country coach Jenna Dompa said. “But she ran well… She did. She’s right on the bubble for regionals. She has three soccer games from now until then. She’s so busy, so trying to work everything out and getting her training in, but she does a good job at balancing it.”

The Monarchs placed fourth in the event as Alyssa Ehni and Briston Ramby placed 36 and 37th as they timed in at 26:49.56 and 27:37.69.

Rounding out the scoring for the Monarchs were Shaina Litman and Beth Allen. Wheeling Park, who was resting its varsity group, was led by Azlyn Kurtz as she timed in at 29:15.

Brooke’s lone runner, Sophia Perrone finished in a time of 29:38.

Four-time reigning state champion University won the meet on the girls side.

“We pretty much ran how I wanted them to,” University coach Ed Frohnapfel said. “They were up around the front and finished pretty strong. I’m more into the group effort and try to get them to group up a little more. At the OVAC meet last Saturday, they were kind of spread out too far, so I wanted them to get closer. We worked on that (Tuesday).”

Five Hawks placed in the top 10 with TaShala Turner winning the event as she crossed the finish line in a time of 19:34.62. Peyton Kukura (20:41) and Zoe Shetty (20:42) were closely behind as they finished fourth and fifth respectively. Caroline Kirey clocked in at 21:13 good enough for seventh and Emma Williams was ninth (21:46).

Parkersburg South’s Abby Herring was the only non-Mohigan or Hawk to crack the top 10 as Morgantown had four placers in the top 10.

On the boys side, Morgantown ran to a first place finish as seven Mohigans placed in the top 10. Andrew Jones was second as he crossed the finish line at 17:13.66 followed by Andew Christy in third (17:19.41). Mikael Virji placed fourth (17:23.25) while Michael Hoefler got sixth in 17:33.63. Rounding out the scoring was Gideon Temple, who placed seventh (17:37.62).

“I was very pleased with the race,” Morgantown coach Mike Ryan said. “It was a pretty quick turnaround. OVAC Championships were just last Saturday. Same things for all these teams that are here to come back on a Tuesday. This is a very challenging course. I told my team early I wanted them to come out and run as a group early and once we got over the last hill, open it up and race a little bit. They did a pretty good job of doing that.”

University’s Philip White won the event with a time 16:47.78.

Locally, Brooke came in fourth while Wheeling Park finished fifth and John Marshall sixth.

Individually, Anthony Siler placed 14th to lead the way for the Monarchs as he clocked in at 18:26.81. Also scoring for the Monarchs were Ryan Campbell (20:33.25), Alec Kuskey (22:29.47), Cullen Wise (23:52.22) and Jesse Hudson (24:45.00).

Brooke’s Matthew Harvey was solid as he placed 18 (18:35.59). Brayden DeMaria and Ethan Robey cracked the 20-minute barrier as they timed in at 19:54.06 and 19:58.69, respectively. John Bober (21:13.06) and Joshua Caswell (22:00.56) also scored for the Bruins.

Wheeling Park was led by Cal Chacalos who ran to a 32nd place finish in a time of 19:52.50 followed Noah Reardon (19:55.62), Max Warnick (20:10.50), Hunter Midcap (20:31.41) and Ethan Romanek (21.15.18).