Running in the Fairgrounds Frenzy 5K race at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, in Glendale, freshman Hailey Stallings paced the Lady Cougars with a second-place finish.
Stallings led for the first half of the race but Meade County’s Jenna Shereyk overtook her to finish first in 20:31.75. Stallings was second in 20:53.40.
With 11 teams and 96 runners in the girls’ race, the Lady Cougars finished sixth overall with 125 points. Meade County took first with 34 points, while Central Hardin was second with 106 points and Barren County was third with 110.
In the boys varsity race, sophomore Eli Thomas was the first Cougar across the finish line, coming in 14th of the 117 runners in the race with a time of 18:22.47. The Cougars finished fourth in the 14-team field with 136 points.
The Cougars ran into some hard luck in the race when their top runner, sophomore Jarrett Crawford, was forced to retire from the race.
The course at the fairgrounds narrows quickly in the first 200 meters before coming to a 90-degree, left turn. With all the runners jammed up trying to make the turn, Crawford was stepped on and lost a shoe. By the time he got his shoe back on, he had lost a lot of ground, and more importantly, all his momentum. He eventually dropped out about a mile into the race,
His loss hurt the team overall. They eventually finished fourth, eight points behind Nelson County. Had Crawford finished in his usual fashion, the Cougars would have finished third easily.
As it was, Meade County took the team title with 30 points, edging the host school, Central Hardin, who finished with 39 points. The Bruins’ top runner, senior Matthew Fischer was the race winner with a time of 16:40.24.
Others earning points for the Lady Cougars were sophomore Heather Priddy, 18th in 22:45.65, senior Morgan Kannapel, 26th in 23.21.93, junior Shannon Smith, 35th in 24:05.74, and freshman Emery Crume, 61st in 25:41.20.
Freshman Kaylee Masden, who has been running with a brace on her knee, had to drop out of the race without finishing when she was having difficulty with the brace.
Other Cougars earning points for the team were sophomore Noah Saltsman, 29th in 18:52.01, sophomore Luke Weedman, 30th in 19:15.65, sophomore Julian Colvin, 34th in 19:28.80, and sophomore Nate Saltsman, 49th in 20:09.10.
Junior Justin Vigil started the race for the Cougars but also was unable to finish.
The Cougar cross country teams will travel to Bardstown on Saturday to take part in the Hillbilly Run, a favorite with all the Cougar runners.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.