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October 15, 2012

Blevins, Hyden win at Pulaski Invitational

Pulaski teams dominate meet

Somerset — The Pulaski County cross country program hosted the annual Pulaski County Invitational on Saturday at GE Field.

However, the Maroons and Lady Maroons weren’t the best of hosts, as they grabbed four individual titles and four team trophies from all of the teams who visited GE Field this past weekend.

Both the girls and boys varsity teams of Pulaski dominated the competition, as each squad won by large margins. The boys team won by 37 points, while the girls team took the first-place trophy by a total of 28 points.

Wayne County finished second to Pulaski by a score of 26 to 63. Southwestern finished sixth with 132 points and Somerset took the seventh spot with 181 points.

Dave Evans’ Maroons team took the first two spots in the boys varsity race, as junior Mason Blevins came in first in a winning time of 17:10, while another junior, Austin Hyden, grabbed the runner-up position with a clocking of 17:26.

Pulaski’s Morgan Stevens rounded out the top five with a time of 18:04, while senior teammate Marcus Browning crossed the line in the sixth position.

Southwestern’s top runner was Jordan Carrington, who finished in the ninth spot with a mark of 18:33. The top finisher for the Somerset Briar Jumpers was Tristan Krause, who finished 27th.

In the girls varsity race, the Lady Maroons took down Rockcastle County by a score of 24 to 52 to grab the first-place trophy.

"What better location and what better day to run your very best race of the season than at G.E. on your home course on Senior Recognition Day,” Lady Maroon coach Nancy New said.  “Securing the 1st place team trophy just made the day even sweeter. The Pulaski County Lady Maroons are comprised of three outstanding young ladies, both in character and in athleticism.  These seniors looked stronger today than any other race of the season.  All three seniors demonstrated the tenacity that this sport requires if a runner and her team is to reach success.”

“Senior Marissa Burton ran her PR for the season (26:01), with a photo finish beating another runner by two seconds at the line,” New said. “The determination on Marissa’s face speaks volumes of her character.  Marissa is a very mature runner who adds so much to our team.”

“Senior Brandi Thomas also ran her PR for the season (25:04), and even through the PCI was a “bittersweet” day, Brandi overcame the emotions of the day to mentally prepare herself for her final home race,” New added. “Brandi brings talent, maturity, and self-discipline to all she mentors.  As a team co-captain, we rely heavily on Brandi to guide the team, and she never fails to accomplish that task.”

“Finally, what can be said about Paige’s determination that has not already been said,” New concluded. “For a runner to battle a thyroid disease for several seasons, persevere through each season, and then come back as strong as she has her senior year, remarkable is the word that can describe Paige Ingram.  Her determination is an amazing testament of her faith and motivation.  Even when she did not feel like running these past seasons, she never succumbed.  As team co-captain, Paige leads by example, finishing a strong 22:00 flat, another PR for the day.”

Alyssa Hyden, an eighth-grader from Pulaski, was another race at GE Field, as she beat the entire field to the line with a clocking of 20:44. The next local finisher behind Hyden was Southwestern freshman Ashley Phelps, who came home fourth with a time of 21:53.

The Lady Maroons’ remaining four runners all finished inside the top ten, beginning with senior Paige Ingram, who rounded out the top five. Sydney New finished sixth, Peyton “Pey Pey” Ingram grabbed the eight spot, and Raegan Ruby rounded out the top ten.

Southwestern was the only team in the middle school girls race, so they won with the team title with a perfect 15 points. Along with the team victory, the Lady Warriors took the individual title, as Keona Phelps won the race with a time of 19:33.

Madison Rodgers, of Southwestern, finished in the third spot. Somerset Christian’s Maranda Penland and Nashay Tucker finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

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