The Cougar cross country teams made the long trip to Lexington last weekend to take part in the Lexington Catholic Invitational.
The Cougars regularly make this trip each year as it gives them the chance to familiarize themselves with the difficult Kentucky Horse Park course, where the state cross country meet is held each year. This meet always attracts some of the top cross country teams from around the state and this time was no exception.
With 24 teams and 191 runners in the boys AAA varsity race, the Cougars managed an eighth-place finish with 233 points. Top Cougar runner, junior Bret Crawford, ran another fine race, finishing fourth overall with a time of 16:19.00, just edging out St. Xavier’s Max Mudd by less than half a second.
It was a very close race at the top, with a little over four seconds separating Crawford’s fourth-place finish and the eighth-place runner.
Louisville Butler’s Patrick Gregory won the individual title with a time of 15:52.68. Second went to St. Xavier’s Chris Striegel (15:56.15) and third was Madison Central’s Brennan Fields (16:17.02).
St. Xavier ran away with the team title, putting all five scoring runners in the top 15 for a score of 40 points. Madison Central was a distant second with 128 points, while Pulaski County was third with 164.
Senior Sheldon Jones had a top-25 finish for the Cougars, coming in 23rd overall in 17:06.24. Others earning points for the Cougars were junior Corbin Harris, 68th in 17:51.20, senior Clay Priddy, 82nd in 18:08.21, and eighth-grader Jarrett Crawford, 90th in 18:20.52.
Senior Blake Meredith ran out of the points, finishing 135th in 19:10.14, while senior Jacob Hart was 145th in 19:31.47.
The girls AAA varsity race featured 22 teams and 164 runners. Daviess County’s Whitney O’Bryan was the individual winner in 18:20.28, leading the Panthers to the team title with 61 points, just edging second-place Sacred Heart, of Louisville. Oldham County finished third with 92 points.
The Lady Cougars finished 21st with 549 points. Eighth-grader Grace Gorby led the way for the Lady Cougars, finishing 59th overall with a time of 21:31.47. Seventh-grader Kaylee Masden was the next Lady Cougar across the line, finishing 110th in 23:13.78.
Others earning points for Grayson County were eighth-grader Heather Priddy, 134th in 24:17.95, junior Haley Hayes, 142nd in 24:38.84, and freshman Myriam Hanover, 155th in 26:26.35.
The Lady Cougars also had four runners in the girls JV race, which had 19 teams and 222 runners. Seventh-grader Emery Crume finished first for Grayson County, coming in 80th overall with a time of 25:08.25. Seventh-grader Olivia Lucas was 92nd in 25:23.24, sophomore Kristen Tilford was 105th in 25:41.11, and junior Tara Dunaway was 122nd in 26:07.34.
Notre Dame’s Katie Schweitzer was the individual winner with a time of 20:49.68. Daviess County won the team title, putting all of its scoring runners in the top 10 for a score of 25 points. St. Henry and Oldham County tied with 88 points, with St. Henry taking second on the strength of a better finish by its sixth runner.