By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
High schools across the Tri-County participated in the respective class’ regional cross-country races this past weekend with many teams and individuals turning in solid results.
North Laurel’s boys team took home second place honors in the Class 3A, Region 7 cross country race while South Laurel’s girls team placed fifth.
Corbin’s boys team turned in a Tri-County best eighth place finish in the Class 2A, Region 5 race while the Lady Redhounds clinched a fourth place spot just two points ahead of Knox Central.
Williamsburg finished in third place in the Class A, Region 6 boys race while Lynn Camp’s Heather Wilson turned in an impressive third place finish in the girls race.
Class 3A, Region 7 Boys
Madison Central took home first place honors with 36 points while North Laurel was second with 64 points. Pulaski County (66), Southwestern (105) and George Rogers Clark (132) rounded out the top five. Whitley County placed sixth with 177 points while South Laurel turned in a seventh place effort with 179 points.
North Laurel’s Garrett Napier placed eight with a time of 17:42.56 while teammates Layne Gaynor (14th place, 17:54.75), Scout Bundy (17th, 18:07.12), Stephen Causey (24th, 18:45.34), Trey Feltner (35th, 19:55.24) and Ryan Abner (43rd, 20:17.81) followed.
Whitley County’s top runner was Dalton Walden, who placed 15th with a time of 17:57.44. Following him were teammates Brent Logan (30th, 19:11.28), Keaton Logan (41st, 20:14.21), Tanner Bryant (47th, 20:45.12), Ethan Sweet (52nd, 21:39.12), Luke Halcomb (59th, 22:20.91) and Bryon Berta (64th, 23:48.47).
South Laurel entered seven runners in the race with Justin Phelps leading the way with a 28th place finish effort. (19:09.06). Teammates Jonathan Hampton (29th, 19:10.88), Hayden Wilson (40th, 20:13.25), Zachary Payne (44th, 20:23.18), Trey Valentine (46th, 20:39), Trevor Johnson (54th, 21:50.12) and Zach Davis (62nd, 23:15.97) followed.
Class 3A, Region 7 Girls
Madison Central also took home first place honors on the girls’ side by totaling a meet-best 31 points. Pulaski County (34 points), Montgomery County (91), George Rogers Clark (96), South Laurel (114) and Whitley County (167) rounded out the six teams participating in the event.
Alyssa Hamilton (15th, 22:50.31) led the way for the Lady Cardinals while Laurence Beliveau followed with a 20th place effort (24:09.31). Teammates Carla Hibbard (30th, 25:37.53), Helena Beliveau (34th, 26:19.59) and Hayden Combs (390th, 28:43.56) also turned in impressive efforts.
Whitley County was led by Brittany Fuson’s 37th place effort (27:39.56) while teammates Audrey Brown (40th, 28:45.08), Marsha Allen (43rd, 32.38.41), Abigail Monhollen (44th, 33:35.47), Codie Thacker (45TH, 33:47.94), Sydney Logsden (46th, 34:27.84) and Alexandra Hamilton (47th, 34:36.03) followed.
North Laurel had two runners participate on the girls’ side and they did well, as Holly House placed 23rd (24:37.06) and Gabi Collier finished in 36th place (26:59.12).
Class 2A, Region 5 Boys
Wayne County placed first with 37 points while West Jessamine (69), Mercer County (106), McCreary Central (111) and Boyle County (121) rounded out the top five. Corbin placed eighth with 232 points while Knox Central finished 11th with 289 points.
Corbin’s Tucker Jones turned in a 33rd place effort with a time of 20:13.73 while teammates Hunter Oakley finished in 35th place with a time of 20:15.54. Preston Jones (54th, 21:41.99), Steven Woolums (60th, 22:01.27), Michael Laun (69th, 22:54.93), Jacob Moore (81st, 25:17.99) and Calvin Tennant (82nd, 25:24.88) also turned in solid efforts.
Knox Central’s top runner was Devin Hurley, who placed 46th with a time of 21:13, while teammates Marcus Mills (50th, 21.27.74), Jacob Bargo (73rd, 23:13.70), Neven Achenjang (74th, 23:53.37) and Connor Phipps (80th, 25:06.60) followed.
Class 2A, Region 5 Girls
Both Corbin and Knox Central had impressive showings, but Rockcastle County finished in first with 53 points. Boyle County placed second with 71 points while Wayne County (79), Corbin (108) and Knox Central (110) each placed in the top five.
Corbin’s Reese Helton placed 12th with a time of 23:15.08 while teammates Danielle Hickman (18th, 23:53.40), Bridgette Smallwood (27th, 24:52.30), Kaitlynn Waddle (29th, 25:09.85), Hannah Logan (39th, 26:27.89), Hope Peterson (52nd, 28:44.48) and Amanda Woolums (53rd, 28:48.35) followed.
The Lady Panthers’ Sabrina Elliott turned in an impressive seventh place effort with a time of 22:37.99 while teammates Jazemene Taylor (22nd, 24:23.93), Casey Brooks (23rd, 24:26.67), Madison Gibson (32nd, 25:44.49), Valerie Chavies (41st, 26:41.17) and Courtney Stevens (51st, 28:24) followed.
Class A, Region 6 Boys
Berea took home top honors with 31 points while Somerset (73), Williamsburg (75), Middlesboro (80) and Monticello (98) rounded out the top five.
Williamsburg’s Garrett Faulkner turned in the best finish of any Tri-County runner by placing second with a time of 17:55.62 while teammates Addison Anderson (18th, 20:33.27), Jonathan Teague (20th, 20:44.21), Tyler White (30th, 21:38.80), Eli Mattingly (32nd, 22:42.52) and Ryan Haus (33rd, 23:00) followed.
Class A, Region 6 Girls
Richmond Model finished first with 20 points while Berea (46) and Middlesboro (54) followed.
Lynn Camp’s Heather Wilson turned in the best effort from a Tri-County runner on the girls’ side by placing fourth with a time of 22:16.65.
Williamsburg’s Sarah Perkins finished ninth (23:24.71) while teammates Katie Stanley (12th, 25:16.69), Bailee Jarboe (19th, 28:06.39) and Kailee Jarboe (28:54.68) followed.