The Patrick County High School Cougar cross country team hosted seven Piedmont District teams for their home meet last Wednesday at Rotary Field.
“We love having the opportunity to run in front of our home crowd, and are very grateful to Clyde Crissman and his crew for helping us to keep our course in top shape,” said Coach Danel Slaydon.
The girls team placed second, and were led by Macie Rogers, who was second behind Julia Garcia of Franklin County. Montana Moorefield was fifth, Armonte Carter was sixth, Arielle Taylor was eighth, and Hannah Roberson was 13th.
“We were extremely pleased to have our scorers (top five runners) place in the top 15. A score that low typically would win a meet, but it was not enough for the girls to top Franklin County today, who beat our ladies by nine points,” said Slaydon.
Juan Cisneros ran away from the boys’ field in the final half mile to win the race, and pace the Cougars to an overall team victory. Zach Montgomery ran to a strong third place finish, followed by Monroe Morse (eighth), Burke Gonzalez (10th) and Jared Biedrycki (11th).
The boys beat Bassett by a comfortable 28-point margin.
“We are really excited to race at the Piedmont District Championships this Tuesday (October 18). Both teams need to be aggressive from the gun and continue to move up throughout the race,” Slaydon said. “The toughest team will win, and we believe that both of our squads have the ability to get the job done.”
The girls will race at 4:30 p.m. followed by the boys at 5 p.m. at the Smith River Sports Complex.