With the help of a couple of local runners, the Campbellsville University Tigers won the Mid-South Conference Cross Country Championship, held last weekend at Bowling Green’s Phil Moore Park.
Grayson County’s Bret Crawford finished fourth overall with a time of 26:10.8 in the 8K race. As the top freshman runner in the race, Crawford was later named the conference’s Freshman of the Year.
Another former Grayson County runner, Corbin Harris finished 32nd of the 74 runners in the race with a time of 28:19.7.
This marked Campbellsville’s first ever conference title as they finished with 37 points to edge Shawnee State, second with 43 points. Cumberlands was third with 69 points.
The win qualifies the Tigers to take part in the NAIA Championships, which will be held Nov. 21, 2015 in Charlotte, N. C.
The individual champion was Lindsey Wilson’s John-Paul Williamson with a time of 25:43.5 and he was followed by three Tiger runners. Senior Brett Pierce was second in 25:44.5, and sophomore Adam Sandidge was third in 25:50.4, followed by Crawford.
Others earning points for the Tigers were senior Joey Hartlage, 12th in 27:02.0, and senior Dylan Ford, 14th in 27:10.9.
In the conference banquet later that evening at the Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Crawford received his Freshman of the Year award. He was also named to the First Team All Mid-South Conference Team, along with teammates Pierce and Sandidge.
Campbellsville’s men’s cross country coach, Hilary Lakes, was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.
“I am so proud of what the guys went out and did today,” Lakes said. “I’ve never been so proud and honored to coach such a great team; they have worked so hard for this.”
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext 2016.