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Cougar thin clads dominate at Auburn

The Pulaski County cross country teams continued their winning ways Wednesday as they swept two victories at the Auburn Cross Country Invitational in Riner.

Three PCHS runners won their races at the Auburn Invitational. From left to right: Coach Sirak, Noah Whitlow (boys’ varsity race winner), Betsy Nall (girls’ varsity winner), Cade Compton (boys’ JV winner), and Coach Castle.

For the third meet in a row the boys’ varsity team ran to a first-place finish. The girls’ varsity team and the boys’ JV team also took top honors in their races and in all three of those races Cougars runners placed both first and second individually.


The Cougar varsity boys team trounced the competition from the three other schools in the meet – Auburn, Floyd County and William Byrd – by placing all seven runners in the top 11 spots overall. The Cougars’ senior front-runner Noah Whitlow won the race in a time of 17:44. He was followed by two more seniors: Cade Compton in second, and Shawn King who placed fourth. Sophomore Bryce Martin finished fifth, sophomore Zach Fox was eighth, senior James Guthrie placed ninth and senior Julian Black was 11th. Auburn finished a distant second in the team score. Floyd County was third and William Byrd fourth.

In the girls’ varsity race the Lady Cougars were led by senior Betsy Nall who led from start to finish and won in a time of 21:11. Three sophomores followed: Allyson Castle was second overall, Ashlyn Kirtner placed fifth, and Madison Woolwine finished 13th. Freshman Courtney Creggar was 18th and sophomore Molly Cox was 19th. The Lady Cougars won a tight contest for the team victory, edging Auburn by two points. Floyd County was a distant third and William Byrd was fourth.

In the boys’ JV race, sophomore Connor Compton took the top spot overall, just ahead of eighth-grader Kyle O’Neal who finished second. Freshman Wes King finished in fifth place, junior Nate Price was seventh, and freshman Matthew Hosey placed eighth to complete the winning team score for the young Cougars. The Cougar JV team also got solid performances from junior Austin Hall, freshmen Karson Sweatnem and Amonte Lewis, and eighth-graders Peter Nall, Gavin McPeak and Nathaniel Hamblin.


Eighth-grader Kaitlin Weil was second overall in the girls JV race and senior Paige Hopkins was fourth. There were no JV girls’ team competition.


Two seventh-graders, Carter Simmer and William O’Neal, ran well in the middle school two-mile race.


The Cougars next meet is the Metro Invitational in Blacksburg Wednesday, Oct. 17.



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