The rain was relentless.
It seemed like the entire week was one big storm cloud, trickling raindrops that soaked the cross country course at North Marion.
As sophomore Alex Myers ran through puddles at the Big 10 cross country championships, the rain intensified.
But Myers kept moving, kept fighting. He knew if he could just keep pace with the middle of the pack and finish in the top 10, he would earn all-conference honors.
After about three miles of trudging through the sloppy course, Myers ascended a hill near the end of the race. At the top, runners were falling down into the mud.
Myers leapfrogged around the competition and nimbly made his way down the decline where he came to a clearing. The finish line was in sight. Myers was in 10th.
But as he pumped his arms and chopped his feet along the muddy track, he began to fade.
“I pretty much had nothing left,” he said.
From behind, Fairmont Senior’s Matt Strand gained on Myers.
Soaking wet and covered in mud, Myers legs burned with lactic acid — the horrible feeling when a muscle is pushed to its limit. And failing.
The rain was relentless.
County has 20 on All-Big 10 football team
It’s no secret that the Big 10 is a deep football conference, with four teams making the AA playoffs and one in AAA.
Mascaro in the running for USA Today High School Ultimate Athlete award
Fairmont Senior girls’ soccer player Gabi Mascaro is up for another award as the 2012 sports season comes to a close.
VanGilder leading Bees to impressive start
East Fairmont’s new girls’ basketball coach James Beckman wanted to make things different this season after the team he took over posted a sub-par record last season.
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Dolphins shake off snow, beat Steelers, 34-28
Considering everything the resilient Miami Dolphins have put themselves through over the last two months, a couple of snowflakes were hardly going to be a problem.
Aggressive Falcons roll past State, 107-89
Jerrod Calhoun had a simple message for his Fairmont State University team at halftime of its game with visiting West Virginia State here Saturday afternoon at the Joe Retton Arena.
“Coach got on us at halftime about playing timid and not being aggressive,” said backup point guard Shammgod Wells, who helped key a big second-half turnaround for the Falcons in their 107-89 blowout win over the Yellow Jackets.
Lady Falcons’ second-half rally falls short
A 17-point second-half deficit proved to be just a bit too much for Fairmont State’s Lady Falcons to overcome here Saturday afternoon at the Joe Retton Arena.
Visiting West Virginia State built a 55-38 lead just over 26 minutes into the contest and then held off a furious FSU comeback bid to record a 78-75 win.
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Marion County wrestlers begin season
All three Marion County teams kicked off the wrestling season Friday and Saturday at the Hedgesville Duals.
At the end of the competition, nine wrestlers remain undefeated.
Fairmont Senior swims to second
The Fairmont Senior boys’ swim team took second place Saturday in the Morgantown Invitational, finishing just four points behind Parkersburg South.
The Polar Bears were led by Tyler Campbell, who was named to the all-tournament team after finishing first in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 fly.
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