Webster County’s cross-country teams both ran in crowded fields Saturday at the Louisville Cross-Country Classic Invitational, with both boys and girls running well ahead of other local squads.
BoysGarrett West had one of his best showings of the season on the E. P. Tom Sawyer State Park course, finishing 20th out of 340 runners. He turned in a time of 16:49.3 on the day to lead the Trojans in scoring.
WCHS came in just short of a podium finish in the 45-team field. Webster compiled 279 team points on scoring finishes of 18, 20, 37, 80, and 124. The five runners added times for a 1:28:21.20 total clocking and 17:40.24 average for 4th place.
Trevor Baker crossed the line in 16:52.3 for 22nd, just three seconds behind West.
Layden Wagoner came in 43rd with a time of 17:21.1, while Aiden Whitsell clocked in at 18:15.2 for 94th. Preston Glassco claimed the final scoring spot for WCHS with a 144th-place 19:03.3.
Bryce Nelson ran in 204th for the Trojans in a time of 19:53.6. Liam Farris came in 235th with 20:32.8 on the clock.
Hurricane (WV) High School took the meet title with 153 points. Host Louisville Eastern finished 2nd with 179 points, and New Albany (IN) was 3rd with 223 points.
A number of other western Kentucky teams ran in the meet, with Madisonville-North Hopkins finishing 10th with 366 points, Trigg County in 13th with 403, Muhlenberg County in 21st with 520, and Henderson County in 45th with 1,204.
GirlsMayci Moore finished among the top third of the field of 277 runners, and Webster County came in 26th among 37 teams at the Greater Louisville Invitational.
Moore completed the course in 21:52.1 to take the 80th place spot on the board for the Lady Trojans.
Webster’s 656 team points came from scoring finishes of 69, 120, 126, 136, and 205.
Grayson Haynes took 143rd place in the meet, turning in a time of 23:27.6. Reece Powell followed closely behind at 149th with 23:36.6 on the clock.
Ryleigh Powell ran a course time of 24:02.9 to take 161st on the day, while Lilly Whitsell rounded out WCHS scoring in 244th in 28:05.2.
Hurricane (WV) also took the girls’ meet title with 101 team points. South Warren came in 2nd with a team total of 124 points, and Nerinx (MO) of St. Louis was 3rd with 177 points.
WCHS finished ahead of several other western Kentucky teams, including Henderson County, who finished 30th with 722 points, and Calloway County at 31st with 738 points. Madisonville-North Hopkins, Muhlenberg County, and Trigg County all posted Did Not Finish results.
Both teams have one more event scheduled before the Class A regional meet. They will run Saturday at the Davies County Classic at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro. The girls varsity meet is set to begin at 9:00 am, with the boys varsity to follow at 9:45 am.