The local distance runners competed in two different competitions over the weekend. The first was the Cougar Prowl Invitational hosted by Somerset Christian.
In the women’s varsity 5k, Southwestern could take first place. They were led by junior Shaye Seiber, who finished sixth with a time of 20:27.40, and junior Madeline Peterson, who finished ninth with a time of 21:56.25. Pulaski County senior Alex Cundiff was second in the race with a time of 18:56.84, and Somerset Christian junior Haley Walls was 38th with a time of 33:02.15 .
Somerset Christian would win the girls’ 3000m, led by eighth-placed Mayah Edens, who finished sixth with a time of 14:38.79, and eighth-placed Hayden Webb, who finished just behind Edens in seventh with a time of 14 : 39.68. Southwest eighth-grader Caroline Turner finished 15th in a time of 15:51.86, with Pulaski County eighth-grader Hailey Slaven finishing 22nd in a time of 16:44.73.
In the men’s varsity 5K, Southwestern would finish in fourth place as a team. The Warriors were led by senior Caleb Perrin, who finished in fifth place with a time of 17:24.23, and rookie Drew Kelly, who finished 13th with a time of 19:18.51. Somerset Christian’s top finisher was runner-up Isaac Edens, who finished 22nd in a time of 20:20.79, and Pulaski County’s top finisher was runner-up Logan Stamper, who finished 24th in a time of 20 : 33.24.
In the Intermediate Boys’ 3000m, Pulaski County would claim first place, led by sixth grader Tristan Langford, who finished second in a time of 11:58.56, and his brother and sixth grader Tucker Langford, who finished third with a time of 12:11.30. Southwestern would have the individual winner, as eighth grader Hunter Troxtle would win the race with a time of 11:44.26, and Somerset Christian’s top setter was first grader Gavin Baker, who finished 14th with a time of 13:36 ,71.
Next up was the Somerset Invitational, hosted by Somerset High School.
In the men’s varsity 5K, Somerset would finish in fifth place. They were led by second Cameron Albright, who finished in 20th place with a time of 20:51.92, and second John Lackey, who finished 25th with a time of 21:44.53.
In the Grades 4-6 girls’ 1600m, Southwestern would place second, led by sixth-grader Brylee Troxtle, who finished sixth in a time of 9:02.53. Somerset’s top finisher in the race was fifth-grader Olivia Cheuvront, who finished 10th with a time of 9:17.54.
Southwestern would win the boys’ 1600m in grades 4-6, led by sixth-place finisher Mason Reynolds, who finished second overall with a time of 7:48.95. Somerset would finish third in the same heat, led by fifth-grader Porter Hoseclaw and fifth in a time of 8:07.69.
In the K-3 girls 1600m, Southwestern would finish in second place. However, they would be led by third-year individual winner Emjay Ping, who finished in 8:44.63. Somerset third-year student Story Cox would be their top individual finisher, as she finished 28th in a time of 12:23.03.
Somerset would come second in the K-3 boys’ 1600m, although third grader Wilson Gehring finished first overall with a time of 7:40.92. Southwestern would finish behind them in third, led by sophomore Tripp Phelps, who finished third overall with a time of 8:18.54.