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Trojans CrossCountry 300WEBSTER COUNTY, KY (10/24/12) – The goal of any team is to be your best at tournament time. That’s exactly the case for the Webster County cross country teams. Both squads competed in the Christian County Invitational Saturday morning in Hopkinsville and a flurry of personal best times for WCHS runners was the theme of the day.
 
Both teams finished eighth overall, while the Trojans had 9-out-of-10 runner record personal records. 22 teams competed in the boys’ race while the girls event featured 16 teams.
 
“I’m extremely proud of all the boys today as 9 of the 10 all ran a personal best time. We are peaking at the right time of the season and in two weeks the regional race will be in Logan County and hopefully each runner will record a new personal time,” noted WCHS head coach Todd Whitsell. “Everybody on this team has worked hard all season and even though we are young, these guys just keep working and they want to be champions.”
 
WC junior Iszack Whitsell led the charge with a PR of 17:06.90 placing him 11th overall.
 
Muhlenberg County’s Chase Geary won the race in a blistering 15:45.30. Apollo won the team title placing four of its runner in the top 10.
 
Next in for the Trojans was Trevor Cole in 33rd with another PR of 18:13.50. Other personal best times included Keenan Hall in 66th (19:03.10), Ronin Periard 78th (19:21.20), Nolan Pettit 90th (19:31.60), Preston Glazebrook 109th (20:04.30), Hunter Phillips 114th (20:13.70), Spencer McCormick 119th (20:24.10), Reece Clayton 152nd (21:27.70) and Nathan Vance 167th (22:10.90).
 
“We lost a top runner for the season (Robert Daugherty) and we have battle more injuries this year than any other season I have coached and maybe all the other seasons put together,” Whitsell continued. ”But these guys have true character and no matter what the injury or sickness happens to be, they fight through the pain. All runners really stepped up today and I couldn’t be more proud of just one runner over the other. It took a team effort today and they took care of business. Now it’s time to focus on one more race and bring home some hardware!!!”
 
In girls’ action, Webster seventh grader Kendra Woodward continued her solid season running against the ‘big girls’. She finished 24th overall in 21:26.50. Aleja Grant of Paducah Tilghman won the race in 18:54.10 and Muhlenberg County won the team title with four girls in the top 20. Webster's County Sadie Wurth continued to amaze onlookers and the tiny fifth grader finished 50th overall in the varsity race in 22:31.40.
 
Ali Cherry had her best race of the year, placing 52st (22:31.90) while Chanler Cole was 54th (22:37) and Taylor Wilson 62nd (22:58.10). Hannah Pritchett was 65th (23:02.30), Cassidy Thomas 85th (23:50.20) and Madison Townsend 92nd (24:03.30). Carrie Grace McCormick, a seventh grader, also competed in the powerful invitational and finished 127th (26:19.10) and Hannah Buchanan 141st in 28:08.90.
 
Girls JV Results
 
Holly Osborn finished 7th in the 5,000 meter to lead the young Lady Trojans to second-place in the jayvee race behind Clarksville Rossview. Katlyn Prow was 11th (27:24.10, Hartley Meredith 12th (27:32.10), Jessica Ferrell 14th (29:11.70), Jaylee Artman 16th (30:59.50).
 
Charlie Hust
Journal Enterprise

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