The Oak Hill Middle School cross-country team for 2020 included Caleb Carver, front left, Mallory Toney, Emma Willard, Tianna Duncan, Elisabeth Dale, Maxton Lopez and head coach Dan Stowers; and assistant coach Shay Willard, back left, Chase Crosier, Cameron Ward, Brooklyn Lee, Cristian Ward, John Cole and Jordyn Floyd.

OAK HILL — Despite missing part of the season due to school situations regarding Covid-19, Oak Hill Middle School has been able to compete in some local cross-country races.

As of last week, the Red Devils had participated in two meets, including a runner-up finish in their home meet for both the girls and boys teams.

“The girls have been led by Jordyn Floyd and Tianna Duncan; both are solid 8th-graders and should be a big boost for the high school next season,” said head coach Dan Stowers. “Mallory Toney picked up where she left off last year and proved once again she will be tough to beat in the next few years.

“Brooke Lee and newcomers Elisabeth Dale and Emma Willard provided much-needed depth this year and were pivotal to our success. If these young ladies stay together as a team, I expect OHHS to be a top 10 team in the state in the next few years.”

“The OHMS boys team was the best boys team I’ve coached in years,” said Stowers, who was assisted this season by Shay Willard.

“Chase Crosier is following in his brother, Seth’s, footsteps and is among the top middle school distance runners in the area. He’s a great kid and I’m grateful to be able to coach him in my last year.

“John Cole and Cristian Ward have been solid performers this shortened season. Caleb Carver and fellow newcomer Maxton Lopez have been our biggest surprise this season. Both athletes were huge for us, and both have tremendous potential in the next few years. Cameron Ward rounds out our stellar boys team and does a great job as our number 6 man.”

At the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 6, Floyd was 22nd in 15 minutes, 32.61 seconds and Duncan 25th in 15:43.26 on a 3k course for the girls. For the OHMS boys, Crosier was sixth in 12:34.96 and Carver was 13th in 13:17.58.

— Steve Keenan

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