The Cougar varsity cross country team took a second-place finish at last Saturday’s Raider Twilight Run, hosted by Warren East High School and held at Ephraim White Park, in Bowling Green.
The Cougar harriers were running without their top runner, senior Bret Crawford, who was taking the day to attend a gathering in northern Kentucky of his classmates from this past summer’s Governors Scholars Program.
With 11 teams and 115 runners in the race, the host Raiders of Warren East were the top scorers on the day with 30 points. Grayson County was second with 87 points, and Marshall County was third with 97. East’s Aaron Osborne was the individual winner, finishing the 5K run in 16:53.04.
The Lady Cougars finished third of the five teams in the girls’ race. South Warren finished first with 33 points, while Greenwood was second with 34. The Lady Cougars finished with 79 points in third.
With Crawford not running, senior Corbin Harris was the first Cougar to cross the line, coming in fourth overall with a time of 17:44.74. Bret’s younger brother, Jarrett Crawford, finished 10th overall with a time of 18::.58. Senior Bradley Stone, a starter on the Cougar soccer team, ran his first race of the year and finished 20th with a time of 18:30.35.
The other two runners earning points for the Cougars were Zach Beville, 21st in 18:35.34, and Eli Thomas, 39th in 19:18.76. Running out of the points were Cameron Roberson, 60th in 20:12.57, Ethan Davis, 64th in 20:21.08, Seth Davis, 79th in 21:15.58, and Brennan Childress, 113th in 25:53.92.
The Lady Cougars’ top runner so far this season, eighth-grader Hailey Stallings, also did not run in the varsity race but instead ran in the middle school girls 3K race.
Sophomore Shannon Smith, a first-year runner this season, was the first Lady Cougar across the line, finishing 9th overall with a time of 22:41.46. She beat out last year’s state qualifier, freshman Grace Gorby, who finished 13th overall in 23:03.25.
Others earning points for the Lady Cougars were Heather Priddy, 19th in 24:17.80, first-year junior Morgan Kannapel, 37th in 26:14.40, and Kennedy Childress, 43rd in 26:45.34. Greenwood’s Lynda Scannell was the individual winner with a time of 19:43.01.
Running out of the points for the Lady Cougars were Dana Clark, 52nd in 28:58.57, Kayla Matthews, 57th in 29:58.68, Taylor Glenn, 62nd in 31:07.14, and Emma Phillips, 66th in 33:35.00.
This race also gave a chance for the middle school and elementary teams to compete. With 10 teams and 75 runners on hand for the middle school girls race, the Lady Cougar squad finished third overall behind College View, of Owensboro, and Marshall County. College View had 62 points, Marshall County had 102, and the Lady Cougars had 111.
Stallings finished second overall, behind Glasgow’s Rebekah Howard. Stallings ran the 3K race in 13:09.72 while Howard finished in 12:46.27.
Others earning points for Grayson County were Rachel McMahan, 14th in 14:09.14, Kaylee Masden, 24th in 14:37.37, Emery Crume, 33rd in 15:21.84, and sixth-grader Allison Everton, 44th in 16:05.45. Olivia Lucas ran out of the points, finishing 51st in 16:44.10.
The Cougar middle schoolers competed with just three runners, thus not qualifying for a team score. Greenwood was the top-scoring team with 55 points, College View was second with 65 and Warren East was third with 85. College View’s Jacob Quinn was the individual winner with a time of 11:16.95. There were seven teams and 81 runners in the race
Michael Horton was the first Cougar to finish, coming in 55th overall with a time of 15:21.05. Blake Childress was 62nd in 15:57.45, and Ethan Pierce was 76th in 17:42.13.
The elementary school boys brought 28 runners to a large field of 13 teams and 134 runners. The Cougars finished third overall with 116 points, finishing behind team winner Warren east (56 points), and Burns Middle, from Owensboro, (97 points). St. Joseph’s Will Wininger was the individual winner with a time of 7:56.31 for the 2K race.
The girls elementary team finished fifth out of 10 teams and 85 runners. St. Joseph’s Sydney Baumgarten was the individual winner in 9:00.47.
Earning points for the Cougars were Miles Hornbeck, 9th in 8:31.29, Hunter Clemons, 9:02.79, Eli Helm, 27th in 9:24.24, Maxwell Daley, 30th in 9:28.15, and Alex Hazelwood, 35th in 9:33.25.
Those earning points for the Lady Cougars were Elizabeth Evans, 17th in 10:10.02, Cassie Priddy, 28th in 10:40.96, Malorie Zurmehly, 30th in 10:46.26, Ciara Black, 38th in 11:21.71, and Audrey Helm, 52nd in 12:04.31.