Midland sophomore Nick Salmons finished eighth overall to lead the second-ranked Knights, finishing 13 points behind team champion University.
"We had a great effort," Midland Coach Chris Parsons said. "I was pleased, super pleased with them and especially knowing we only lose two and we got five of them coming back for next year."
Winfield's R.J. Weiford finished ninth, leading the Generals to a seventh-place showing.
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IN CLASS AAA GIRLS, Hurricane ran strong to finish second behind favorite Morgantown.
Freshman Anna Gordon claimed seventh place in 19:15 and senior Tori Dent finished 14th as the Redskins ran well without one of their top runners in the injured Joie Johnston, who was recently diagnosed with stress fractures in both femurs.
"I knew I had to step it up a little bit if we wanted to get second," Gordon said.
University senior Amelia Paladino defended her individual title by winning in 17:55, beating Abby Colbert (18:22), of Jefferson, and Capital's Peyton Panger (18:57).
"Peyton ran a great race," Cougars Coach Jared Smith said. "Obviously, she wanted the whole thing, but she ran a great race, a very strategic race. Paladino is just so strong."
Winfield placed three runners in the top 25, led by Rachel Englund (12th) as the Generals finished fourth.
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THE TIGHTEST contest of the day resulted in heartbreak for the Charleston Catholic girls in the Class A/AA. The Irish tied Philip Barbour with 91 team points, but the Colts won the tiebreaker to take their fourth consecutive title. After scoring each team's top five runners, officials used the sixth runner to determine the winner and Philip Barbour claimed the championship with a better finishing sixth runner.
Catholic Coach Scott Welch said the outcome speaks to the nature of the sport.
"It just shows you how team-oriented this sport is," he said. "It's difficult, it's hard work and some people think it's just one or two runners, but this shows you exactly how deep a team can go to win."
Freshman Hannah Gacek paced the Irish with her 13th-place finish. Ravenswood's Hailey Miller finished fifth and Sheena Chambers, of Scott, took 10th to earn All-State status.
Grafton freshman Alicia Parsons won in 19:03, to edge Oak Glen senior Kelsey Chambers by less than 10 seconds.
Bridgeport senior Abe Merinar won the A/AA boys race in 16:20 to lead the Indians to a 59-point margin of victory past Philip Barbour and third-place Fairmont Senior.
Buffalo sophomore Hayden Harrison followed closely behind in 16:28 to claim third place and earn All-State honors.
Herbert Hoover's Josh McClung ran strong to finish 11th overall.
Senior Caden McClanahan finished 21st overall to lead ninth-place Catholic, while Buffalo finished 10th in the standings of 15 teams.