Harrison cross country runs well in Berea Invitational

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Daniel Craig wins middle school race

By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County Fillies were third and the Thorobreds sixth in Saturday’s Berea Invitational Meet as the season reaches the half way point.  
Freshman Taylor Harney led the Fillies as she had her best race finishing 27th in 27:44.  
Caylin Mattox was right behind Harney finishing 28th with Abby Cooper 30th, Kayla Joy 36th, Tamara Lunsford 37th and Chelsea Bowman 40th in the 5000M run.  
The race was run on a slower course which winds through the woods and beside a creek in a picturesque setting that the runners enjoy.  
Although the Thorobreds were sixth, they still had three runners who were medalists.  Ross Smith led the way for the Breds with a 10th place finish in 18:55. Brother Harry was next in 18th followed by Shane Palmer who was 24th. Jacob Brueggen, Ben Bradford and Isaiah Brueggen, who was coming off an injury, also ran well in the race.  
“We are continuing to grow as a team,” noted Coach Danny Simpson. “We are about half way through the season and we have much to do before the regional.”
The Harrison County Middle School runners performed very well on this day as Daniel Craig won the boys’ segment running the 4000M in 15:21.5.  Chris O’Neal was 26th as the boys’ team had only two runners.  
The girls also did well with Sierra Ecklar finishing seventh of the 38 runners.  Mackenzie Mosig was 16th followed by Robin Roberts and Courtney Shrout.   
The sixth grade and under runners ran 1600M with Miracle Switzer leading the way for the girls finishing 34th of the 79 runners.  
Katie Stonich, Justice Petty and Katie Wood came in between 34th and 39th places to complete a good day for the middle school girls.  
Christopher Shrout finished 10th and Michael Massey 27th of the 58 runners in the boys’ sixth grade and under 1600M race.  
“In all, the middle school runners were very competitive and had a really nice day,” said Simpson.
Saturday, Oct. 5, is the next scheduled event for the cross country squad as they plan to participate in the Bracken County Invitational.