The Grayson County cross country teams competed at their first Saturday meet this past weekend and both teams came away with fourth-place finishes at the Madisonville-North Hopkins Invitational.
The Cougar men tallied 119 points to finish behind first-place host, Madisonville-North Hopkins (33 points), second-place Webster County (53 points), and third-place Muhlenberg County (72 points).
Grayson County’s women finished just a single points behind third-place Madisonville, 102-101. Hancock County took top team honors on the day with 44 points, while Owensboro was second with 72 points.
The Cougar men were handicapped because their top returning runner, sophomore Jarrett Crawford, had to drop out of the race after two miles because of illness.
Sophomore Eli Thomas was the first Cougar across the line, out-sprinting Madisonville’sTristan Doyle in the last 100 meters to finish 18th overall with a time of 18:51.10, three one-hundredths of a second ahead of Doyle.
Sophomore Noah Saltsman finished 22nd overall with a time of 19:13.40, and Justin Vigil, a first-year junior, was 26th with a time of 19:43.60. Rounding out the Cougar scoring efforts were senior Caleb Middleton, 30th in 19:59.80 and sophomore Lujke Weedman, 35th in 20:18.80.
Non-scoring runs were turned in by sophomore Nate Saltsman, 60th in 21:47.30, freshman Anthony Darst, 78th in 22:28.20, freshman Gabriel Mudd, 111th in 26:47.70, and sophomore Brennan Childress, 115th in 27:54.80.
There were 11 teams on hand for this race with 120 runners. Webster County’s Michael Stevenson was the individual winner with a time of 16:56.20.
Freshman Hailey Stallings had a top-10 finish for the Lady Cougars, coming in seventh overall with a time of 21:54.25 Owensboro sophomore Breanna Alderton was the race winner with a time of 20:38.85.
Others earning points for the Lady Cougars were sophomore Heather Priddy, 19th in 23:31.25, senior Morgan Kannapel, 21st in 23:40.35, junior Shannon Smith, 23rd in 23:51.34, and freshman Emery Crume, 42nd in 25:54.47.
Non-scoring efforts were turned in by Freshman Kaylee Masden, 48th in 26:37.85, sophomore Kennedy Childress, 54th in 27:27.94, sophomore Grace Childress, 55th in 27:36.93, sophomore Kayla Matthews, 77th in 30:31.57, sophomore Dana Clark, 78th in 30:36.50, and freshman Julie Priddy, 88th in 34:51.50.
There were 11 teams and 93 runners in the girls race.
The Cougar harriers will travel to the Elizabethtown Sports Park this Saturday evening to take part in the Central Kentucky run for the Gold.