By Scott Wilson
Glasgow Daily Times
Barren County High School Cross Country Coach Terry Reed was hoping the Trojans and Trojanettes would post some of their best times of the year this past Saturday at the Region 3A Cross Country Meet at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in Glendale.
He had been pleased with the way his runners had been progressing late in the season, especially over the past two weeks; and he knew, if they had any chance to make it to the state meet, they would have to run fast. They didn’t disappoint.
Reed got exactly what he wanted as the Trojanettes finished second overall in the girls’ division and BCHS senior Mason Dunbar finished eighth overall to lead the Trojans in the boys’ division. The Trojanettes will be representing Barren County at Saturday’s State Meet at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Dunbar will be competing in the boys’ race.
The Barren County girls finished second with 77 team points, 61 points behind only Bowling Green in first.
“I thought the girls ran a little better than I thought they would,” said Reed. “You have to remember that with teams like the ones in our region, Bowling Green, etc., you better run your very best. Our region is extremely competitive.”
Ally Davis and Taylor Montgomery led the Barren County charge with Top 10 finishes. Davis finished sixth overall with a time of 20 minutes, 33 seconds, while Montgomery finished ninth in 20:52.
Also running for the Trojanettes were Taylor Davis, 13th, 21:09; Shayna Billingsley, 20th, 22:06; Olivia Houchens, 29th, 22:50; Geran Walters, 36th, 23:18; and Christina Scott, 47th, 28:36.
“I thought Ally Davis and Taylor Montgomery did a great job of putting this team in position to make it to the state meet by the way they finished today,” Reed said. “And our third, fourth and fifth runners ran so well today.”
Dunbar posted a time of 16:59 in the boys’ race, his best time of the year, to finish eighth in the overall standings. Dylan Howard was 35th with a time of 18:32 and Billy Mowery finished 40th overall with a time of 19:06. Jacob Belcher was 44th for the Trojans with a time of 19:30, Luke Edmunds was 46th in 19:36, Ben Morgan was 48th in 19:54 and Matt Read finished 53rd with a time of 21:57.
“I wasn’t really surprised that Mason Dunbar qualified for the state meet,” said Reed. “He has been working so hard this season, preparing for this meet. He knew there is no margin for error in a region like we run in, and he came out with his best race of the year.”
Glasgow sends three to state
Glasgow’s boys finished fourth out of six teams, but because there were six full teams in the Region 2, Class A field, only three teams qualified for state.
“In the boys’ division, with only six full teams competing, we finished fourth overall, about where I thought we would finish. I thought the boys, all of them, ran their best race of the year. I think they peaked at the right time,” explained Glasgow Cross Country Coach Mindy Sorrels.
The coach explained only three girls ran, not enough for a full team, and two of those qualified for state.
“We only competed with three girls and I thought all of them ran very well,” Sorrels said. “Marissa Moore and Ashlyn Brown qualified for the state meet next week. I wasn’t surprised by the way Marissa ran. She did a great job and finished second overall. Ashlyn ran so well and I am not sure she realizes how good she is,” the coach said.
The Glasgow runners will be competing in the 1A state competition on Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The girls’ race will begin at 8:30 a.m. CST with the boys staring at 9:15 a.m.
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