Lincoln County High School standout Brian Carlson captured his first cross country win of the season with a dominant performance at the E.G. Plummer Invitational Saturday at Danville.
Carlson, a sophomore, crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 55 seconds to win the boys varsity race, completing the 3.1-mile course 32 seconds ahead of runner-up Mason Blevins of Pulaski County.
However, there was no boasting post-race.
“Really rough,” said Carlson of the Admiral Stadium course. “That’s the hardest course I’ve done this season, but I’ve only one run one (other) course, and it’s one of the hardest ones we ever run.”
Carlson, Lincoln’s top male runner last season, may not have bragged about Saturday’s win but he was feeling good about his performance.
“I think this season’s going to be really good as long as I stay focused,” Carlson said.
Pulaski County swept the varsity team titles. Blevins and Morgan Stevens led the Maroon runners to victory, with Blevins claiming the runner-up spot with a time of 17:27 and Stevens running fourth in 17:39. Pulaski had just 41 points and Henry Clay finished a distant second with 100 points.
For the girls. Alyssa Hyden led Pulaski to the win with a second-place time of 20:52. The Lady Maroons had 39 points overall. Henry Clay was second with 45 points.
Danville’s Meagan Smith won the girls varsity run with a time of 20:13.
Lincoln did not have enough runners on course to post team scores, but Carlson was not the only local runner competing in the annual invitational.
Morgan Gourley was the only Lady Patriot varsity competitor Saturday. She ran 28th out of 77 runners in 25:37.
Jordon Smith and Luke Shofner joined Carlson in the boys varsity run. Smith placed 48th out of 119 in 20:22 while Shofner was 112th in 26:48.
Lincoln had some top 10 finishes in the elementary competitions and a top 15 finish in the middle school girls race.
Austin Wethington, a sixth-grader, captured seventh-place in the boys elementary run with a time of 8:07 and Katherine Rowe, also a sixth-grader, took eighth-place in the girls elementary race in 9:04.
Logan Godbey, an eighth-grader, just missed making the top 10 in the girls middle school run, crossing in 11th-place in 12:57.
There were 109 runners in Godbey’s race, 107 in Rowe’s and 81 in Wethington’s.
Also competing for Lincoln in the E.G. Plummer Invitational were:
Elementary Girls – 21) Ashlyn Jarman 9:41; 36) Mayci Godbey 10:06.
Elementary Boys – 22) Justin Cummins 8:48; 55) Jacob Tillett 10:19.
Middle School Girls – 35) Allie House 14:30; 92) Taylor-Grace Mingo 18:33.
Middle School Boys – 47) Luke Smith 12:46; 54) Tyler Scharbrough 13:02; 105) Dakota Brock 16:50; 109) Zach Spears 17:27.