The First Region cross country meets took place in Murray and Greenville this weekend as local teams all had success, with six local cross country teams qualifying for the state meet this weekend.
University Heights Academy, Fort Campbell, Trigg County and Hopkinsville had teams clinch spots in the state meet, with teams and individuals clinching region titles.
In the boy’s race, it belonged to Blazer Tomas Duncan.
The senior led wire-to-wire to win the individual region title, with his eyes now set on winning a state title in his final year.
“I’m excited,” Duncan said “It’s my last cross country race in my high school career and I’ve got to leave it all out there and catch the win. … I’ve caught an elementary school state championship, middle school state championship so now I need the high school state championship.”
Duncan’s younger brother Tobias finished right behind him in second and Fort Campbell’s Grant Shrader finished fifth.
The Blazers as a team finished second behind Dawson Springs. Fort Campbell finished third and will qualify for state as well.
On the girl’s side, the Lady Falcons have taken advantage of no fall sports and were able to secure a First Region Championship in the process.
Emma Cogbill, Alexandra Stearns and Sophie Lacy all finished in the top ten for the Lady Falcons to help them clinch the title and move on to the state meet with some momentum.
Trigg County not only had an individual region champion but managed to send both of their teams to the state meet as well.
On the boy’s side, Austin Cavanaugh cruised to the victory and is hoping to post a top-five finish at state this weekend.
“I feel like I’m just going to have to improve on my last mile,” Cavanaugh said. “I’m going to need to try harder in the last mile and save a little more in the second mile so I can have more energy.”
The Wildcats finished second as a team behind Webster County.
The girl’s raced was dominated by Calloway County, but the Lady Wildcats snuck into the stature meet, finishing third in the five-team meet.
Trigg County head coach Ken Harrison is just excited to see both of his teams qualify for the state meet.
“That was our goal going into the year,” he said. “We knew we had a pretty strong boys team but they just kept getting stronger. To nail down that runner-up spot was a momentum builder. … On the girl’s side, we lost so much going into the year, I didn’t really give them much of a chance to get a state spot. They stepped up. Our three people ran really good and our fourth and fifth girls stepped up and PR’d and did everything they could do.”
The Hopkinsville boy’s cross country team made history over the weekend, as they qualified for the state meet for the first time in Class 3A.
Runner Chase Atkins set a school record as well, running a 15:25.25 in the race, which placed him in second behind Madisonville-North Hopkins’ Jackson Watts.
The Tigers finished sixth as a team, clinching the last qualification spot in the region.
On the girl’s side, while the Lady Tigers didn’t qualify as a team, they will still have representation as Allison Wood finished 15th in the race.
Hoptown coach Pablo Sanchez was happy to see the boys qualify in 3A for the first time.
“Chase had a great race,” Sanchez said. “He gave us a big jump. … Quinn Miller stepped up and ran a PR and got us with a really good 1-2 punch. … Ross Binkley and Jonathan Bridges really stepped up.
“Region One in cross country is pretty much stacked. Our goal this year was to qualify as a team and they did a good job.”
The KHSAA state cross country meet will take place at Bourbon County Park in Paris. The 2A meet will be on Oct. 30 and the Class A and 3A meets will be on Oct. 31.