Runners break in new course at Ham Run
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Trigg County got the opportunity to show off their new cross country course in style Sept. 29 with the annual Rotary Ham Run Invitational at the Lake Barkley Airport.

The event featured 270 runners in four races from 16 different schools.

Graves County became the first team in nearly 20 years to win a third consecutive girls’ title, while Calloway County won the boys’ team race for the first time in over two decades.

The new course, which runs adjacent to the airport runway and uses every nook and cranny of the mostly level terrain, got many thumbs up from opposing coaches who liked the fan-friendly ability to see most of the race unfold.

Clarksville Northwest’s Joe Coneo outkicked Marshall County’s James Bowens over the final 50 meters to win the boys’ varsity race. Coneo’s time, which obviously established a new course record, was 16:32 over the 3.1-mile course.

Coneo became the first Northwest runner to win the boys’ varsity race since Miguel Martinez in 1996.

Calloway County had the third and fourth place runners, which helped them to the team title with 59 points, which was 15 points better than Kenwood in the 13-team event.

Zack Wright led a tight Trigg County pack across the finish line in 26th place with a time of 18:16, which was three seconds faster than teammate Corey Harrison in 27th place.

Michael Polenac was 29th in 18:30, followed by Zach Storms in 40th (19:11) and Jay Jolly in 52nd (19:55). All five of Trigg’s scorers were within 1:39 of each other.

Grady Cofield was Trigg County’s sixth runner across the line in 88th place with a time of 23:07, while Chase Thomas finished 94th in 23:45.

As a team, Trigg County finished in sixth place with 174 points, which was 14 behind fifth place Graves County.

In the girls’ varsity race, Calloway County’s Meagan Summers took control of the race before the two-mile mark and cruised to a 19-second win over Graves County’s Elizabeth Brach in a time of 19:59.

However, Brack led a contingent of Graves runners that place five in the top 14 to easily win their third straight Ham Run title with 35 points. Fort Campbell was second with 97 points, and St. Mary third (113) in the nine-team field.

Kanisha Frye was Trigg County’s top runner with a 67th place finish in 27:37, followed by Taylor Bryant in 70th with a time of 29:01.

Melissa Taylor was 72nd and Leigh Whitney Groves was 73rd with an identical time of 29:35.

The Lady Wildcats did not field enough runners for a team score.

In the boys’ middle school race, St. Mary’s James Maglansang took control of the race early and easily won the 2.4-mile event in a time of 14:26.

Trigg County’s Zeke Wright finished second in 15:22.

Romaine Cunningham was 12th in a time of 16:32, followed by Jayven Jones in 38th, Matthew Brokering in 46th, and Landon Sumner in 52nd place.

St. Mary won the team title with 42 points, while Trigg County was sixth with 150 points.

In the girls’ middle school race, Trigg County finished in third place with 80 points behind St. Mary (32) and Graves County (33).

Macey King led three consecutive runners across the line for the Lady Wildcats with a tenth place finish in 20:41. DiAsia Acree was 11th, Scottie Fortner 12th, Kristen Waldrop 22nd, and Sierra Bush 25th for the Lady Wildcats.

Trigg County is scheduled to run again in the Christian County Invitational Oct. 22 in Hopkinsville, although another meet or two could be scheduled before then.
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