Cross country teams break in new course in style
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After 25 years, the Trigg County cross country team has a new course to call their own.

The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats broke in their new course with a dual meet Sept. 13 at Lake Barkley Airport.

A mowing program implemented by the state tourism cabinet earlier this year forced the team to find another site to run their 3.1-mile races.

The new course at the airport is flatter than the old one, which was run at the entrance to the state park on U.S. 68 and used a large hill midway through the race.

However, the new course is more fan friendly, allowing fans to sit at the finish line and view nearly half the race from one location.

“I was extremely pleased with our new cross country course,” said head coach Mike Wright. “We could have one of the most scenic courses in the state of Kentucky.”

Corey Harrison led from start to finish to claim the first race at the new course, finishing off the 3.1-mile race in 19:20. Harrison called the new course “a little boring” and said the new layout seemed “ a little longer” than the old course.

Michael Polenac was second in 19:59 as the Wildcats put the first six runners across the finish line.

Zack Wright was third (20:18), followed by Zach Storms in fourth (20:25), Zeke Wright (20:50) in fifth, and Jay Jolly in sixth (21:15).

Grady Cofield rounded out the scoring for Trigg with a 14th place finish in 24:57.

“I like the scenery of the new course,” Zack Wright said. “It seemed shorter than the other course, but I miss the hills on the old one.”

With a perfect score, Trigg County beat Dawson Springs 15-45.

On the girls’ side, it was Dawson Springs who posted a perfect score, beating the Lady Wildcats 15-45.

Chelsey Mills of Dawson Springs was the race winner in a time of 22:38.

Fourth grader Macey King was Trigg County’s top finisher in seventh place with a time of 27:22, followed by Scottie Fortner in eight place in 29:04.

Taylor Bryant was ninth with a time of 29:40, followed by Melissa Taylor (10th, 29:46), Kanisha Frye (12th, 32:15), Kristen Waldrop (13th, 33:26), Sierra Bush (14th, 33:26), and DiAsia Acree (16th, 34:00).

Unlike the guys, Taylor felt the new course was tougher, saying “it’s a pretty course, but it just feels longer than the old one.”

Trigg County is scheduled to run in the Murray Invitational Saturday and will host their first invitational on the new course – the annual Ham Run Sept. 29.

Wright said the course may undergo some small changes before then.

“I’m going to tweak the course a little bit and add a new hill that will be run twice near the beginning and end,” he said. “We will circle back to the beginning, which will make it a lot more viewer friendly.”

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Trigg County’s middle school teams both took fifth place Saturday at the St. Mary Invitational in Paducah.

Zeke Wright finished seventh in the boys’ middle school race with a time of 15:31 over the 2.4-mile course.

Other finishers were Romaine Cunningham (18th, 16:16), Javen Jones (39th, 18:07), Landon Sumner (78th, 22:02), and Matthew Brokering (83rd, 24:52).

On the girls’ side, Macey King was Trigg’s top finisher in 22nd place with a time of 18:52.

DiAsia Acree ran her best race of the year with a 30th place finish in 19:28, followed by Scottie Fortner (44th, 21:01), Kanisha Frye (49th, 21:42), and Sierra Bush (54th, 22:59).

In the varsity race, Michael Polenac was Trigg’s top runner in the boys’ race in 15th place with a time of 18:43. Corey Harrison finished 22nd, while Zack Wright was 42nd in 20:26 and Jay Jolly 45th in 20:41.

In the girls’ race, Taylor Bryant finished 46th in a time of 28:36, and Leigh Whitney Groves was 51st in 30:06.

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Trigg County scored a pair of third place finishes in the Caldwell County Black Patch Invitational Sept. 10 in Princeton.

In the boys’ varsity race, the Wildcats were third out of six teams thanks to three runners crossing the line in the top 15.

Zack Wright was tenth in a time of 21:08 over the 3.1-mile course, edging teammate Corey Harrison, who finished 11th in 21:24. Zach Storms was 15th in 21:45, while Jay Jolly was 26th in 23:47. Michael Polenac was 34th in 24:35, and Grady Cofield was 45th in 26:57.

Trigg’s team score of 82 was behind first place Marshall County (26), and Graves County (47).

Marshall County’s James Bowens won the race in 18:47.

In the middle school race, Zeke Wright finished third with a time of 12:59. Marshall County’s Bryan Beeler won the race in 12:37, while teammate Luke Rudd was second in 12:49.

Javen Jones was Trigg County’s second finisher in the race in 24th place with a time of 15:04, while Landon Sumner was 42nd in 17:13, and Matt Brokering was 55th in 25:02.

On the girls’ side, Taylor Bryant was Trigg County’s top runner in 28th place with a time of 31:34. Melissa Taylor was 30th in a time of 32:59, while Brittany Rexing was 31st and Leigh Whitney Groves was 32nd in identical times of 33:24.

Union County’s Maddie White won the race in a time of 23:01, some 36 seconds ahead of her teammate Olivia Gatten, who finished second.

In the girls’ 2.4-mile middle school race, Macey King was Trigg’s top finisher in eighth place with a time of 15:48, while Kristen Waldrup was 11th in 16:13.

Khadijah Grubbs was 12th in 16:16 for the Lady Wildcats, followed by Sierra Bush in 27th place in 18:42, Scottie Fortner in 29th place in 19:06, Kanisha Frye in 31st (19:26), and DiAsia Acree in 38th (23:11).

Trigg finished third in the middle school division with 64 points.

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Trigg County opened the 2005 cross country season Sept. 6 with a split at Dawson Springs.

The boys’ squad put five of the first six runners across the finish line, while Dawson’s girls put up a perfect score in their race.

Corey Harrison won the boys’ race in a time of 19:33 over the 3.10-mile course, nearly a minute ahead of teammate Zack Wright, who was second in 20:27.

Zach Storms was third in 20:45, followed by Zeke Wright in fourth place in 21:07 and Jay Jolly in sixth in a time of 21:40.

Martin Reese led Dawson Springs with a fifth place finish in 21:35 as the Panthers were outscored 16-41 by Trigg County in the scoring, which is similar to golf in that the low score wins.

On the girls’ side, Scottie Fortner was Trigg County’s top runner with a sixth place finish in 29:51 on the 3.1-mile course.

Fourth grader Macey King was seventh in 30:35, while Melissa Taylor was tenth in 30:42. Taylor Bryant finished 30:47, and Leigh Whitney Groves finished the course in 30:48, good for 12th place.

Chelsey Mills of Dawson Springs won the race in 22:44 as the Lady Panthers sent the first five runners across the line to finish with a perfect score of 15.
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