Commonwealth Journal

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December 3, 2013

Alyssa Hyden named Runner of the Year


Somerset — Just as it has been the case for the past few years, Pulaski County was the top local team on both the girls and boys sides this past cross country season.

This year’s edition of the Commonwealth Journal All-County Cross Country Team is no different, as seven of the nine slots of the squad are taken by Pulaski County runners. Additionally, there are five members returning from last season’s all-county team.

Alyssa Hyden, who is only a freshman, has been chosen as the Commonwealth Journal’s All-County Runner of the Year. Hyden is a returning member from the 2012 all-county squad.

Hyden won the regional championship race for the second year in a row after running a 19:51 against her Class AAA Region 7 counterparts. In the Class AAA girls race at the state meet, Hyden finished 62nd with a clocking of 20:53. The Lady Maroon freshman ran a 20:22 at the Lexington Catholic Invitational.

Mason Blevins, the 2012 runner of year for the Commonwealth Journal, is on the all-county team once again. Blevins, who recently committed to run at Morehead State University, was the runner-up at the regional meet, finishing second with a time of 16:44.

In the Class AAA boys race at the state meet, the Maroon senior crossed the line in the 26th position with a clocking of 16:56. Blevins’ time at the Gatorland Run was 16:35, which was good enough for third place.

Pulaski County senior Morgan Stevens is on the all-county squad once again after making the team in the fall of 2012. Stevens, at the Gatorland Run, finished eighth with a time of 16:44.

In the regional championship meet in Monticello, Stevens came home in the 13th position with a clocking of 17:43. In the Lexington Catholic Invitational, the Pulaski County senior ran a time of 17:16.

Southwestern’s Ashley Phelps is on the all-county squad once again after an impressive sophomore campaign. In the regional championship meet, Phelps crossed the line in the 21st spot with a clocking of 21:46.

Earlier in the year at the Lexington Catholic Invitational, Phelps finished 75th with a time of 21:58. At the state meet, the Lady Warrior sophomore ran the 3.1-mile race in a time of 22:03.

Sydney New, of Pulaski County, is the final returning member from the 2012 all-county squad. At the regional championship meet, New finished 12th with a time of 21:30.

At the Lexington Catholic Invitational, New crossed the line in a time of 22:19, which was good enough for 93rd place. The Lady Maroon harrier ran a clocking of 22:25 at the Gatorland Run.

Austin Hyden, a senior for the Maroons, ends his prep running career as a member of the 2013 all-county team. Hyden rounded out the top ten at the regional championship in early November.

The Pulaski County senior turned in a clocking of 17:13 at the Lexington Catholic Invitational, allowing him to finish in the 29th position. Hyden ran a time of 17:46 at the Great Louisville Classic earlier in the season.

Three runners are on the all-county team for the first time in their running careers – Jordan Carrington, Brennan Perkins, and Devin Mayfield.

Jordan Carrington, a junior at Southwestern, was the Warriors’ top runner all-season long. In the Lexington Catholic Invitational, Carrington scooted around the 3.1-mile course in a time of 17:10.

At the state meet, the Southwestern junior finished 56th with a clocking of 17:22. A week earlier at the regional championship, Carrington clocked in at 17:16, which was good enough for a 7th place finish.

Pulaski County runner Brennan Perkins made a huge impact on a senior laden team this past season as a freshman. On the biggest stage of the year, Perkins finished 57th at the state meet with a 17:22 clocking.

The Maroon freshman finished 11th at the regional championship the week before in Wayne County. Perkins won the freshman state title at the KTCCCA Meet of Champions with a time of 17:24.

Devin Mayfield, who is a seventh grader for the Lady Maroons, is the youngest member of the 2013 all-county squad. Mayfield was the top local finisher at state meet, finishing in the 54th spot.

The Lady Maroon middle schooler turned in a third place finish at the regional championship, a race that she finished in a time of 20:26. At the Lexington Catholic Invitational, Mayfield crossed the line in the 28th position with a time of 20:38.


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