The Harrison County Cross Country team finish its regular season Saturday as runners competed in the Meet of Champions at Masterson Station Park.
The meet, which had 14 varsity girls’ teams, 31 varsity boys’ squads along with many middle and elementary runners is considered to be one of the top meets in the state for the season. It is, in fact, the championship for middle and elementary schools and there were more than 1,500 runners in all in the middle and elementary fields.
The Fillies ran well, according to Coach Danny Simpson. “We didn’t do as well in the team standings,” said the coach, “But we had several individual bright spots. Most of the girls posted their best times of the year, which was a good effort especially considering the competition and the weather.”
Erin Bradford led the Fillies with a 47th place finish in 23:32. Caylin Mattox, Bailey Caudill, Kayla Joy and Chelsea Bowman wrapped up the girls’ results.
Couturier of Sayre won the race in 19:40. Madison Central won the team honors for the girls.
The boys finished 20th of the 31 teams in the race.
Joey Faulconer led the way with a 128th place finish of the 414 runners. Austin Short was next in 131st followed by Ross Smith (159th), Shane Palmer (189th), and Harry Smith (192nd).
Travis Fry and Nathan Radford ran but did not score for the Thorobreds.
Baker of Cooper won the race in a time of 16:28 for the 5000M course. Trinity edged Cooper for the team title.
The middle school and elementary races were longer than the Harrison County students are used to due to the race being considered the state championship.
Coach Simpson likes the competition for his runners but isn’t completely sold on the longer distance.
The three middle school girls were not enough to have a team score but Rachel Eckert finished 178th of the 380 runners while Jesse Petty was 302nd and Abby Cooper finished the 4000M in 305th place.
Daniel Craig was the only middle school boy to run and he was 289th of the 506 runners in his race.
The elementary girls were led by Robin Roberts who finished 187th of the 341 runners in the sixth grade and under division.
Mackenzie Mosig was 245th and Starr Hindbaugh 272nd to finish the Harrison County scoring.
Neither the girls nor the boys for Harrison County’s elementary entries had enough participants to have a team score.
Zach Getting led the boys with a 171st place finish in the 393 runner race.
Thomas Morris, Christopher O’Neal and Corey Wagoner followed behind Getting to the finish.
The regional this Saturday at Ryle High School is the next event for the Harrison County varsity squads.