The Grayson County cross country teams got a taste of what it will be like in next month’s state meet as they ran over the weekend in the Lexington Catholic Invitational, held at the Horse Park course in Lexington.
This is always one of the top meets during the cross country season, drawing many of the top teams in the state and this year’s race was no exception. The boys’ 5K race featured 32 teams and 286 runners, while the girls’ race had 28 teams and 262 runners.
The Grayson County boys finished 19th overall with 544 points. Louisville St. Xavier won the team title with 50 points. South Oldham was second with 105 points, and Louisville Eastern was third with 123 points. St. X’s Matthew Thomas was the individual winner with a time of 15:19.83.
The Lady Cougars also finished 19th with 500 points. Sacred Heart Academy was the team winner with 61 points. Daviess County finished second with 86 points, and Bowling Green was third with 164 points. Sacred Heart’s Kathleen Simms was the individual winner with a time of 17:56.98
First across the line for the Cougars was sophomore Jarrett Crawford, who finished 29th overall with a time of 16:31.88. Eli Thomas was 120th in 17:53.43, Noah Saltsman finished 122nd in 17:54.06, Luke Weedman was 157th in 18:26.15, and Anthony Darst was 199th in 19:12.69.
Hailey Stallings led the way for Grayson County’s girls, coming in 55th overall with a time of 20:25.58. Heather Priddy was 100th in 21:22.39, Shannon Smith was 107th in 21:24.76, Kaylee Masden was 142nd in 22:03.08, and Morgan Kannapel was 149th in 22:05.85.
Runners with non-scoring times included Grace Childress, 197th in 23:22.79, Rachel McMahan, 202nd in 23:31.38, and Emery Crume, 213th in 23:45.31.
The Cougar runners will be off next week before running on Halloween in the regional finals, which will be held at Logan County High School.