Grayson County’s men’s cross country team achieved one of its goals at Saturday’s 3A Kentucky State Cross Country Championships when it finished in the Top-10 of the best teams in the state.
The Cougars scored 331 points and finished ninth overall of the 31 teams competing for the title. Louisville’s St. Xavier finished first with 51 points. Louisville Trinity was second with 81 points and Cooper was third at 92. Regional rival North Hardin finished seventh with 283 points.
The Cougars missed out on another of their goals as junior standout Bret Crawford finished 18th for the second straight year with a time of 16:41.59, some 14 seconds faster than he ran last year. It was the team’s and Crawford’s goal to finish in the Top-10 of the 251 runners in the race.
With less than a mile to go, Crawford was in seventh place, but was clearly struggling. Over the last half-mile he was passed by a number of runners.
While the temperature was nearly ideal for running, the sparkling day came with a high wind that blew constantly.
“Sometimes a wind like that can take the breath right out of you,” said head coach Anthony Miller, and that may have been what happened to Crawford.
Louisville Butler’s Patrick Gregory was the individual winner, finishing in 15:55.18, more than five seconds ahead of second-place finisher Chris Striegel, from St. X.
Senior Sheldon Jones ran an exceptionally strong race for the Cougars, finishing in 24th with a time of 16:51.08, more than half a minute faster than he ran last year.
Junior Corbin Harris also bettered his time from last year, finishing 109th overall with a time of 18:02.25, more than 18 seconds faster than the year before.
As he was in last week’s regional final, eighth-grader Jarrett Crawford was the surprise finisher for the Cougars, earning points with his 116th-place finish with a time of 18:09.25.
Junior Bradley Stone was the final Cougar earning points, finishing 117th in 18:10.11, nearly 10 seconds faster than last year. Seniors Clay Priddy and Blake Meredith finished out of the points, Priddy 139th in 18:28.11, and Meredith 216th in 19:22.50.
In the girls race, eighth-grader Grace Gorby, the lone Lady Cougar running, finished 151st out of 235 runners with a time of 22:20.66.
Daviess County’s Whitney O’Bryan was the individual winner with a time of 18:09.00. Louisville Assumption won the team title with 44 points, with regional rival Bowling Green second with 81 points. Daviess County was third of 29 teams with 92 points.