Trigg 17th at state corss country meet
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Battling a sloppy course and brisk conditions, Trigg County posted respectable times at the Class A State Cross Country Meet Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

The boys’ posted a team score at the state meet for the first time in 17 years, finishing 17th out of 24 teams.

Four runners competed for Trigg County in the girls’ race, the most in three years.

"It was a brutal day weather-wise," said head coach Mike Wright. "It was one of the toughest days in terms of the weather I’ve been in. The course was sloppy, but we posted some good times. It was a great trip for us."

Sophomore Zack Wright was Trigg County’s first runner across the line in 42nd place in a time of 18:30 over the 3.1-mile course.

Junior Corey Harrison was 73rd in 19:05, and A.J. Bridges was 81st in a time of 19:23.

Harrison was running in his third state meet and Bridges in his second.

Harrison shaved nearly two-and-a-half minutes off his time from last year when he battled injuries throughout the season.

Bridges, who competed in the state meet as a sixth grader in 2001, was 1:14 faster than his previous time.

Seventh grader Zeke Wright was 160th in a time of 21:28, followed by junior Adam Williams (171st, 22:02), sophomore Landen Burcham (185th, 22:39), and junior Chase Thomas (194th, 23:39).

Trigg’s team total was 413 points.

St. Mary runner Matthew Shoulta successfully defended his state title by running the course in 16:45.

However, St. Henry had the next four runners cross the finish line and took home the team honors with 32 points.

Region I champion Hancock County was second with 102 points, and St. Mary was fifth with 150 points.

On the girls’ side, three of the four Lady Wildcats made the state meet debut, with eighth grader Skylynn Fortner leading Trigg County with a 147th place finish in 25:58 over the 3.1-mile course.

Freshman Leigh Whitney Groves was 149th in 26:16, and eighth grader Kanisha Frye was 192nd in a time of 32:20.

Sophomore Melissa Taylor was the only runner with state tournament experience. She knocked ten seconds off her time from last year and finished 174th in a time of 27:43.

Jenna Siemer of St. Henry won the individual title in 19:51, helping the Lady Crusaders to another state championship with 32 points.

Region I runner-up Hancock County was second with 102 points, while region winner St. Mary was fifth with 150 points.

Hancock County’s Lindsey Young, who won the region race at Trigg County last week, finished 15th.
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