Grayson County’s cross country teams made the long trip to Lexington over the weekend to compete in the Blue Grass Invitational, held at Masterson Station Park, and both teams finished well.
There were large fields in both the boys and girls varsity races, including some of the top teams in the state as well as two teams from out of state. For the boys there were 24 teams and 218 runners, while the girls race featured 23 teams and 171 runners. The Cougars finished 10th overall with 289 points, while the Lady Cougars were 13th with 321 points.
Tates Creek won the boys team title with 78 points, followed by Lexington Christian (108) and Cooper (138). Lexington Christian’s Aaron Wier won the individual title with a time of 16:03.81.
Regional rival North Hardin also ran in the girls’ race and finished four points ahead of the Lady Cougars in 12th place. Grayson County’s Shannon Smith has been battling an illness and did not run in this race or the results may have been different.
St. Ursula Academy, from Cincinnati, was the team winner with 44 points, followed by Tates Creek (105) and Pulaski County (119). Lexington Catholic’s Michaela Reinhart was the individual winner with a time of 17:49.49.
According to head coach Anthony Miller, the course at Masterson Station was set up well to turn out good times and the Grayson County teams took advantage of it to record some personal best times.
Sophomore Jarrett Crawford turned in his best time ever with a 16:49.46 for the 5K race, good enough to finish 10th overall. Sophomore Eli Thomas ran under 18 minutes for the first time, finishing 47th overall with a time of 17:50.53.
Other scoring times were turned in by sophomore Noah Saltsman, 56th in 18:05.24, senior Caleb Middleton, 88th in 18:40.30, and junior Justin Vigil, 97th in 18:52.97.
Non-scoring times were turned in by: sophomore Luke Weedman, 104th in 19:03.70; sophomore Julian Colvin, 109th in 19:05.58; sophomore Nate Saltsman, 136th in 19:45.78.
Freshman Hailey Stallings led the way for the Lady Cougars, finishing 15th overall with a time of 20:33.70. Sophomore Heather Priddy was 56th in 22:00.06, senior Morgan Kannapel was 64th in 22:18.05, freshman Emery Crume was 99th in 23:45.22, and freshman Kaylee Masden was 113th in 23:57.04 to round out the scoring times. Sophomore Grace Childress was the final Lady Cougar runner in the race, finishing 115th with a time of 24:04.75.
The Cougar cross country teams will travel to Elizabethtown this weekend to take part in the Fairgrounds Frenzy. The girls varsity is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CDT, with the boys set to start at 9:35 a.m.