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The Pulaski County High School cross country program hosted the third Annual Cougar Clash Invitational Saturday, Sept. 22, at Randolph Park in Dublin.

 

Six schools from Virginia and West Virginia competed on the 5,000 meter (3.1 mile) course in Randolph Park. The Cougars defended their home course well.

 

The boys’ varsity team and the boys’ JV squads took home first place team trophies in their races. The Cougars also had the boys’ varsity individual winner, the boys’ JV individual winner and the girls’ varsity individual winner.

 

The boys’ varsity team dominated their race, placing seven runners in the top 11 overall. Senior Noah Whitlow won the race in a time of 17:25. Senior Cade Compton was third, sophomore Zach Fox placed fifth, senior Shaun King was sisth, sophomore Bryce Martin finished seventh, senior Julian Black was 10th and was just ahead of senior James Guthrie in 11th.

 

In a sport where the low score wins, the Cougars scored 22 points easily outpacing second place Salem, which scored 59. Lord Botetourt was third with 66 and Greenbrier East was forth with 94.

 

The young Cougar JV team won their race and also had the individual winner, eighth-grader Kyle O’Neal. The JV team placed five runners in the top six spots to post an almost perfect score of 18 points.

 

Sophomore Connor Compton was second, junior Nate Price was forth, freshman Wes King was fifth, and eighth-grader Peter Nall was sixth to round out the scoring. Also running for the JV Cougars were freshman Matthew Hosey who placed eighth, junior Austin Hall who was 12th, eighth-grader Gavin McPeak in 13th, eighth-grader Nathaniel Hamblin and freshman Karson Sweatnem. Lord Botetourt was second in the team standings and Salem was third.

 

Senior Betsy Nall ran away with the girls varsity race, winning it in a time of 20:25. Sophomores Allyson Castle finished fifth, Ashlyn Kirtner iwas eighth and Madison Woolwine in 13th along with freshman Courtney Cregger in 17th to round out the team score.

 

Lacking depth with injuries to some key runners and with Grace Boone away on an official visit to Penn State, the Lady Cougars as a team paced third with 45 points, but were just seven points behind Salem’s winning score of 38. Lord Botetourt was second with 42. Eighth-grader Caitlin Weil was the only girl in the JV race and placed fifth overall.

 

In the middle school two-mile race, seventh-grader Carter Simmer was third, and sixth-grader Will O’Neal was fourth in the boys’ race. Dani Carroll, a fourth-grader from Dublin Elementary School, stepped up to the middle school level and placed fifth in the girls’ race.

 

The Cougars will be back in action Wednesday, Oct. 3, when they travel to Auburn High School.

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