• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS Cross Country competes at Meet of Champions

Over 100 cross country teams traveled to Masterson Station Park in Lexington on a cold and wet morning for the Meet Of Champions Oct. 20. The WCHS cross country teams competed against some of the best teams across the state in a tune-up for the Regional Championship Oct. 27 in Danville. Varsity Boys' 5K The Jackets finished 27th with an average time of 20:27.00. Jalen Newton finished 155th (19:25.85), Mitchell Scott was 183rd (20:00.08), James Hawkins was 257th (20:45.24), Ryan Hash was 265th (20:54.37), Scott Watson was 281st (21:11.41), Nathan Hardee was 320th (21:50.38), Jarom Bradshaw was 342nd (22:24.66) and Colin McGowan was 345th (22:31.98). "I tried to keep myself as warm as possible right up until the start of the race," said Hash. "It was very muddy and crowded out there. The experience is nerve-wracking. I enjoy competing in events like this and I am just trying to improve on my time this season." Girls' Varsity 5K The Lady Jackets finished 25th with an average time of 27:33. Esther Bradshaw finished 119th (24:35.58), McKenna Hewett finished 141st (25.07.90), Caroline Murray was 156th (25:29.71), Isabella Steely was 229th (30:08.04), Ashley Higdon was 238th (32:25.18) and Arissa Keith was 240th (32.25.18). "It was pretty slippery out there," said Murray. "Overall this course was easier than some that we have run this year but the weather definitely didn't help. I am not sure what my time was but the feedback I have received so far today was that I did well, so I am pleased. I broke my ankle this summer so my main goal was to get back to last year's time and I have surpassed that. So I am very excited about my progress." Middle School boys' 4K (open division) The Tigers finished seventh with an average time of 17:44.86. Landon Wettlaufer finished 8th (15:46.88), Kai Shea was 32nd (17:03.05), Jase Crume was 37th (17:08.33), Grason Keith was 115th (19:09.09) and Jay Wells was 124th (19:36.95), Middle School girls' 4K The Lady Tigers finished 11th with an average time of 17:44.21. Maggie Twehues finished 12th (16:00.84), Eva Kate Probus was 27th (16:22.53), Macy Stickel was 159th (18:32.01), Evelyn Hamilton was 171st (18:45.47), Lainey Banks was 186th (19:00.19), Addison Moore was 192nd (19:06.33) and Larkyn Hewett was 202nd (19:18.30). Boys’ 3K St. Leo School's Ian Griffin finished 18th (13:22.48)and Woodford County's Kyle Stickel was 19th (13:26.07). The WCHS varsity teams will travel to Danville High School Oct. 27 to compete in the regional championship.

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