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November 13, 2013

Pulaski runners compete at state meet

Maroon boys finish 10th overall; girls are 21st

Lexington, KY. —

The Pulaski County boys’ and girls’ cross country teams were only two local ones to qualify for Saturday’s KHSAA State Cross Country Championship at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
The Maroons boys’ team finished 10th out of 31 teams in the Class AAA Boys race, while the Lady Maroons came home in 21st out of 29 squads in the Class AAA Girls race.
Saint Xavier rolled to a championship on the boys side, scoring a race-low 53 points. Trinity, 80 points behind first place, tallied 133 points to finish second. The Maroons rounded out the top 10 with 331 points.
The Maroons’ 10th place finish on Saturday was their best performance at the state meet since the 1997 season, according to Pulaski County boys cross country head coach Dave Evans.
“Mason Blevins has been a consistent leader for us on and off the course, and he will be a steal for whatever college can obtain his services,” told Evans. “Our 2 freshman, Brennan Perkins and Sam Smith, ran great races at state, and I could not be more impressed and encouraged about our teams’ future – they were not afraid to go out and compete.”
Patrick Gregory, a senior at Butler, won the 3.1-mile race in a time of 15:55.
Maroon senior Mason Blevins was the top local finisher in the race, coming home in 26th place. Blevins’ time was 16:56.
Southwestern’s Jordan Carrington outlasted Pulaski County’s Brennan Perkins by .46 seconds to grab the 56th position. Carrington, who was the Warriors’ top finisher, had a time of 17:22.46, while Perkins clocked in at 17:22.92.
Pulaski County freshman Sam Smith rounded out the top 60 with a time of 17:24. Morgan Stevens finished 108th, Austin Hyden crossed the line in 128th, and Matthew Crawford came home in the 140th spot.
For the Warriors, Spencer Brainard crossed the line in the 187th position with a clocking of 18:49. Duncan Finch, the Maroons’ 7th runner, finished 233rd.

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