The event, Trigg’s annual invitational, was held at the entrance to Lake Barkley State Resort Park after it was learned that Federal Aviation Administration regulations would prevent Trigg from using its previous home, Smith D. Broadment, Jr., Field at the Barkley Airport.
“It was the wettest race we’ve ever run on a Trigg County course,” Trigg head coach Mike Wright said. “We had a deluge of rain for nearly a week. It was tough decision to try to have the race or not. We appreciate the folks at the state park. Even though we lost the airport, we’re glad they could make the entrance available to us.”
In short order and despite adverse weather conditions, Wright received help from a number of community supporters, including Daniel and Lucas Hale and Scott Bridges, to prepare the course, which was the cross country team’s home for many years.
“If it hadn’t been for their help, we could never have run that race,” Wright said. “That’s true community spirit. When we had to get a course at the last minute, Daniel bushhogged the course and they all raked grass and hay off the course. Daniel filled ditches and provided equipment. All three of them physically got the course ready. It was amazing. It’s what Trigg County is all about.
Trigg runners were lead on the day by Lynease Byers, who became the first Lady Wildcat runner in several years to win the event. She recorded a time of 22 minutes, 55 seconds and was the only female varsity runner at the event for Trigg.
Graves County’s girls finished in first place with a team score of 27.
In the boys varsity race, Trigg was led by Romaine Cunningham, who finished in fifth with a time of 19:27, just over a minute longer than winner Sean Hurd of Christian County (18:16).
Other Wildcat varsity runners included the following: Jakelze Martin, 22nd, 21:49; Garrett Brown, 42nd, 24:21; Jake Mitchell, 52nd, 25:29; Matt Savage, 55th, 25:38; Garrett Davis, 59th, 29:52.
Clarksville Northwest finished with a first-place team score of 49. Trigg finished in fifth (176) out of seven schools with team scores.
In the boys middle school race, Logan Hurd of Christian County won with a time of 16:34 and was followed closely by two Trigg runners – Debo Mayes (second, 17:36) and Ethan Dossett (third, 17:48).
Other Midcat runners included J.B. Hendricks (15th, 19:47) and Remington Gavilik (40th, 26:32).
Christian County won with a team score of 34. Trigg did not field enough runners for a team score.
The Lady Midcats finished third behind Christian County and Dawson Springs. Trigg runners included Anna Morgan (ninth, 23:09), Jordan Woodall (11th, 23:33), Kayla Bingham (12th, 23:36), Hannah Harnett (22nd, 25:40) and Emily Andreina (24th, 26:04).