On the strength of freshman Hailey Stallings’ first-place finish last Saturday at the Hillbilly Run in Bardstown, the Lady Cougar cross country team earned a first-place team finish. The Cougar men put three runners in the top 12 finishers and took third place.
This race is a popular one with the Grayson County teams, but this year’s race was lightly attended. There were eight teams and 64 runners in the girls’ race and eight teams and 72 runners in the boys’.
Stallings was an easy winner for the Lady Cougars, finishing with a time of 20.31.09, better than 15 seconds in front of the second-place finisher, Sarah Been, of Elizabethtown.
Sophomore Heather Priddy was fifth overall with a time of 21:37.25. Others earning points for the Lady Cougars were junior Shannon Smith, 12th overall in 22:36.41, senior Morgan Kannapel, 14th in 22:50.97, and freshman Emery Crume, 29th in 24:18.94. Freshman Kaylee Masden had a non-scoring time of 26:25.56, good for 49th place.
The Lady Cougars were first in the team standings with 57 points. Louisville Mercy finished second with 70 points, while E’Town was third with 75.
Sophomore Jarrett Crawford was the first Cougar to cross the finish line, coming in fifth overall with a time of 17:27.18. Thomas Nelson junior Jarrett Mattingly was the individual winner with a time of 16:24.22.
Thomas Nelson also took the team title with 51 points. North Hardin was second with 67 points, and the Cougars had 76 points in third.
Others scoring points for the Cougars were: Eli Thomas, ninth with a time of 17:45.57; Noah Saltsman, 12th in 18:04.59; Luke Weedman, 26th in 19:04.02, and Justin Vigil, 29th in 19:05.24. Nate Saltsman had a non-scoring time of 19:51.88 in 43rd place.