Cougars run in the Maroon Tide Invitational

The Patrick County High School cross country teams competed in Hillsville last week at the Maroon Tide Invitational hosted by Galax High School. The meet featured 35 teams from Virginia and North Carolina and had over 130 competitors in each of the three races.
Kristian Reynolds started the day off perfectly for the Cougars by winning the boys’ middle school race. He covered the two-mile course in a time of 10:54, breaking the course record by 16 seconds.
Armonte Carter was the top finisher for the Lady Cougars, finishing in 29th place. She ran a very solid 21:36 for the 5k course, which was a personal record by more than 90 seconds.
Montana Moorefield, Arielle Taylor, Lindsay Marshall, and Izzy Brim scored for the Lady Cougars, all running their best races of the season.
Juan Cisneros finished 13th in the boys’ race with a time of 16:58—his fastest time of the year.
Monroe Morse and Jared Biedrycki ran very strong to finish as the second and third Cougars. Bailey Holt and Burke Gonzales also scored to help lift the boys to a sixth place finish overall.
“We had five seasons’ bests and eight PRs today, which shows that our kids are really starting to believe in their ability and potential,” said Coach Danel Slaydon. “We keep encouraging our athletes not to settle or be satisfied, but to continue to push their limits and demand more of themselves both on and off the course.”
The Cougars’ next race will be the Roanoke Area Metropolitan Championships October 5. The middle school team will wrap up its season at the Southwest Virginia State Championships on October 8.

Jared Biedrycki (left) running in the Maroon Tide Invitational.
Jared Biedrycki (left) running in the Maroon Tide Invitational.

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