Wildcat runners place high at Ham Run
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Many teams wanting to get a look at Trigg County’s cross country course were among the 19 schools that ran at the Trigg County Rotary Ham Run Sept. 30 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park.

Trigg County is hosting the Class A meet next month, with several smaller schools wanting to get a look at and run the 3.1-mile course along Kentucky 1489.

"It was one of our biggest meets we’ve ever head," said Wildcat cross country coach Mike Wright. "There were 19 schools represented and nearly 300 runners in the races."

Trigg County had a pair of runners crack the top 20 in the boys’ varsity race, led by Zack Wright’s 13th place finish in 18:12.

Corey Harrison was 20th for the Wildcats in 18:48.

Adam Williams was 44th for Trigg in a time of 20:37, followed by Landen Burcham who was 61st.

Kenwood won the team title with four runners in the top 11 spots. It was their first Ham Run title since 1999 when they won three straight.

Their score of 51 was 12 better than Marshall County and 57 better than third place Christian County, who featured the race winner in Dwight Bailey in 17:02.

Bailey is the second straight Colonel to win the boys’ varsity race, joining Josh Harrisberger last year.

Trigg County didn’t have enough runners to field a complete team.

In the girls’ varsity race, Miranda Meeks bested 66 other runners to take the individual title with a time of 19:15 over the 3.1-mile course. She beat Jamie Babb of Clarksville Northwest by four seconds.

It is the third time Meeks has claimed first place at the Ham Run and the second straight time she has crossed the finish line first.

Her time was the fastest in the Ham Run for a girls runner since the state increased their distance to 3.1 miles in 1999.

Skyline Fortner was Trigg County’s top runner in 60th place with a time of 27:38.

Leigh Groves was 63rd in 29:24, followed by Melissa Taylor (64th, 29:54); Courtney Harrison (66th, 30:15); and Ellen Freeman (67th, 31:00).

Graves County placed three runners in the top nine and won their first-ever Ham Run team title with 79 points. Kenwood (86) was second, and Dawson Springs (103) was third.

Emily Meeks of Caldwell County bettered 13 other runners to win the girls’ junior varsity race in a time of 21:53.

Zeke Wright won the middle school boys’ race for the second year in a row with a time of 10:56 over the 1.8-mile course, edging Calloway County’s Josh Lee by 17 seconds.

Jay Jolly took 23rd in the race in a time of 13:40, while Nathan Yielding was 37th with a time of 14:19. Tyler Burnam was 45th in 15:09.

Graves County had three of the top six runners and won the team trophy with 52 points.

In the middle school girls’ race, Scottie Fortner was Trigg’s top runner in 16th place, followed by Haley Thomas in 26th, and Kanisha Frye in 27th. Times weren’t available for the race.

Graves County won the team race with 32 points.

Kenwood’s James Goettel won the boys’ J.V. race by 44 seconds in a time of 18:21. Goettel’s finish was one of four in the top six for Kenwood, helping them easily beat Fulton City for the team trophy.

"We had a good day. We had some strong finishes in the boys’ races and the girls keep on improving each race," Wright said.
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