Pulaski runners Lakia Sneed and Kayln Bowers finished 7th and 9th, respectively to lead the Lady Maroons in the Henry Clay Invitational this past weekend. Pulaski’s Craig McQueen finished 17th in the boys varsity race with a 18:17 time for the 5,000-meter race.

And while, neither the boys or girls varsity teams turned in a team score in the meet, Pulaski County cross country coach Byron Childers was pleased with some of the individual performances turned in at this point of the season.

“Lakia (Sneed) bounced back to have a good race on Saturday,” Childers said. “ Her and Kayln (Bowers) really push each other, and both of them need that. Kayln works extremely hard, and it pays off for her in the meets.”

“Craig McQueen just keeps getting better,” Childers said. “He’s very talented, the only thing he is missing is confidence. If our other boys can close the gap down, we should have a nice season. All of them are very capable.”

One of Pulaski’s top performances came in the boys’ middle school division. Pulaski’s Brandon Smiley win the 3,000-meter race with a winning time of 11:34, while teammate Michael Eads finished second with a 11:38 clocking. The Pulaski middle school boys team won the team title with a low point total of 60.

“We had some nice performances Saturday,” Childers said. “ I thought Brandon Smiley and Michael Eads ,both ran outstanding races for us. Those two will be counted on heavily as the season progresses.”

The middle school girls team, led by Andrea Jenkins and Sarah Crawford, finished third in the team standings. Jenkins finished in sixth place, while Crawford came in eighth place.

The Pulaski harriers will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 9, when they travel to Danville, Ky. for the E.G. Plummer Invitational.

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