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Cougar runners improve as a team

By JP Widner

SWT Sports Reporter

ROANOKE- The Pulaski County High School Boy’s Cross-Country team competed in the “Clash of the Titans” meet hosted by Hidden Valley High School on Saturday.

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The Titans won their home meet as they placed their top four harriers in the top seven spots. Stephen Vernon, a home-schooled student from the Patriot Pacers, won the race as an individual in a time of 16:55 for the 5000 meter (3.1 miles) distance.

Daegan Friend was the top Cougar in the race as he placed 13th out of 92 competitors (18:21). Teammates Grey Quesenberry (16th-18:28), Cole Turman (28th-19:06), Damon Akers (41st-19:37), Brendan Guthrie (57th-20:46) and Joseph Stacy (61st-21:27) ran well.

As a team, Pulaski County placed sixth out of 14 teams with 155 points. Hidden Valley (33 points) led all teams followed by Cave Spring (97), William Byrd (126), Lord Botetourt (139), Christiansburg (149) and Pulaski County (155). The Cougars defeated James River (197), Patriot Pacers (222), Northside (240), Salem (264), Roanoke Catholic (273), Faith Christian (294), William Fleming (327) and Glenvar (353).

In the junior varsity race, Cougar junior Mark Southern placed 70th in 29:18. Christiansburg’s Henry Quesenberry won the race in 19:12 to help his team win the race.

The Cougar harriers will race again this Saturday in Bristol, Tennessee.