• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Moore, Twehues finish top-10 at state cross country meet, WCHS finishes 6th overall

ADDIE MOORE, left, and Maggie Twehues finished in the top-10 to propel the Woodford County High School girls’ cross country team to a 6th place finish at the state 3A Cross Country Championship in Bourbon County Oct. 31. Addie finished third with a time of 19:06.20, while Maggie was sixth with a time of 19:38.59. (Photo by Kelly Crume)

Addie Moore and Maggie Twehues could not stop smiling – and giggling – when they spoke about their third- and sixth-place finishes at the state 3A Cross Country Championship in Bourbon County Oct. 31. Maggie wasn’t disappointed that she finished behind Addie. Instead, the Woodford County High School sophomore said she was proud of Addie for doing so well – so fast. A seventh-grader at Woodford County Middle School, Addie didn’t start running with WCHS until a week before the high school regional meet. The 12-year-old described training alongside the older girls as “really fun because it was really good competition to run with them.” “We were super-happy to have her on the team,” said Maggie, 15. “We knew she was going to help our team out a lot. And she did. We … won regions so we were very thankful to have her” on our team. WCHS advanced to the state Cross Country Championship after finishing atop the standings in the Class 3A Region 6 Cross Country Championship Oct. 24. Addie and Maggie finished one-two in the 5K race in Region 6, with times of 18:43.70 and 19:43.70, respectively. Several teammates also placed high: Cassidy Gilbert (8th), Eva Kate Probus (12th), Morgan Reynolds (16th) and Maggie McSorley (24th). None are seniors, so the future appears bright for the WCHS girls’ cross country team. “They’re all very supportive of each other – the whole team,” said Stephanie Twehues. “… They’re very passionate about running … “It’s a great group of girls.” Her daughter, who began running in the fourth grade with Girls on the Run and wants to run in college, said she and Addie ran together before their most recent successes so they’ve been friends awhile. “It was just super-fun running with her and getting to know her more,” said Maggie. She said Addie’s personality – a smile never seems to leave her face – makes her super-fun to run alongside. She wasn’t surprised by her teammate’s third-place finish in the 3A State Championship because “I knew she was going to do really good.” “I wouldn’t be here today,” said Addie, “without this one” – giving her teammate a friendly nudge. “And,” she continued, “without everybody else on my team because it’s been such a big help … (getting) encouragement from all my team …” Addie continued her winning ways at the KTCCCA Middle School State Cross Country Championship last Saturday. She finished first in the 4K with a time of 15:19.8 – 44 seconds faster than the race’s runner-up. “I wouldn’t be here without my family and everybody,” she told the Sun a day before the race. She said her parents “helped me find a love for running.” Both Addie and Maggie have embraced distance running. “I tried a bunch of other sports, and I was never really good at any of them,” said Maggie. “I’m better at running than any other sport … and there’s good running friends” on my team. It’s her dad Johnny’s voice that she and her teammates hear along the course on race day. His voice “encourages me to go faster,” said Maggie. And it’s Addie – her running buddy – who drives her to stay ahead of the pack. “You’re always both pushing each other,” explained Maggie, “always getting better together.”


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