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Trimble harriers run 1-2 at region
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, November 05, 2012 10:00 AM
Trimble County's boys cross country team won the Class 1A Region 5 championship at Danville on Saturday to earn a trip to the KHSAA state finals.
The Raiders placed four harriers in the top 11 and totaled 54 points to beat runner-up Owen County by 25 points.
The Trimble County girls also earned a trip to the state finals by placing second to Lexington Sayre in the four-team field with 42 points.
Junior Christian Apel led the Raider charge by finishing fourth in 17:45.2. He was followed by a trio of Trimble runners that buoyed the team's championship hopes. Senior Kyle Puckett was eighth in 18:14.0, junior Conner Ball was ninth in 18:26.4, and Tray Robbins was 11th in 18:36.9.
Freshman Jonathan Papai rounded out Trimble's scoring with a 23rd-place finish in 20:02.0. Freshman Brennan Kunkel was 31st in 20:26.9 and sophomore Calvin Brown was 59th in 24:26.1 in non-scoring runs.
The Trimble girls placed four runners within five spots of each other - and in succession for scoring purposes - to boost the Lady Raiders.
Junior Erin Gonterman led the way with a seventh-place finish in 21:56.0. She was followed by freshman Kirsten Baird, who was ninth in 22:55.3, sophomore Ashley Brierly in 10th in 22:59.5, and sophomore Kylie Wilberding in 11th in 23:01.0. Eighth-grader Tessa Chilton was 29th in 28:57.8 and sophomore Courtney Matthews was 31st in 29:27.5.
Sayre's Nick Waltman won the boys race with a time of 16:39.9 while Danville's Meagan Smith won the girls race with a time of 19:15.9 - the top regional time in the state.
Team scores in the boys race were: Trimble Co., 54; Owen Co., 79; Bracken Co., 94; Sayre, 111; Burgin, 116; Danville, 123; Paris, 163; Augusta, 183; and Lexington Christian, 186.
Team scores in the girls race were: Sayre, 37; Trimble Co., 42; Nicholas Co., 62; and Bracken Co., 78.
The Class 1A state championship will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on Saturday. The girls race starts at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed immediately by the boys race.
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