Cross Country: Clark takes Water Barrel
George Rogers Clark cross country runner Grayson Brookshire crosses the finish line during the ¿Run for the Water Barrel¿ race Tuesday at Lykins Park. (Sun photo by Bill Thiry / October 17, 2012)
In the boys race, it was a battle between Mark Ventura of Powell County, Bath County’s Evan Staviski and Cardinal runner Grayson Brookshire. Ventura came away the victor with a time of 17:06.09. The time was a new meet record, surpassing the former meet record time held by former Clark runner Alex White. Staviski was second with a time of 17:08.19. Brookshire placed third with a time of 17:22.43. Ben Petrey finished fourth with a time of 18:26.
Clark runner James Banks had one of his best finishes of the year, completing the race as Clark's third finisher, placing ninth overall. Cody Cox and Brandon Bailey rounded out Clark's top five, running the distance in 19:32 and 19:39 respectively. Also running for Clark were Alan Barnett (19:55), Gary Coleman (20:11), Aaron Barnett (20:17), Josh Boldt (20:38), Sam Tiller (24:02), Randy Morris (24:06) and John Dixon (25:10). The boys team has won seven of the past nine water barrel events.
In the girls competition Janae Graham of Rowan County placed first, completing the race in 21:45. Following closely behind was Lady Card Cora Kerber, who ran the 5K distance in 22:05. Neither Graham nor Kerber were challenged at the front of the race.
In the middle of the race it proved to be a dual for top team honors. Montgomery County went out to an early lead fueled by the pack running of Marissa Forrest, April Eling and Lacey Johnson. Clark runner Lydia Gapp countered with a seventh place finish in a time of 23:40. Destiny Hembree ran her personal best pace finishing in 24:43. Following Hembree was Lady Card Genna Petrey. Alyssa Gaunce was the team's fifth runner. Hembree, Petrey and Gaunce were able to pull up close enough to the front to help Clark take first place.
The girls team final score was decided in the last 1000 meters of the race.
Rounding out the Lady Cards roster was Emma Mork (27:36), Callie Miller (28:05), Heidi Geittman (28:34) and Madison Henry (28:38).
In the middle school race, Clark Middle runner David Ffiske led all local runners, placing third overall. Cole Hon was Conkwright's top runner placing seventh, followed by teammate J.J Johnson, Brandon Adams, Noah Dent and Robert Parks. Jacob Payton and Luke Lovings were Clark Middle's second and third runners respectively. In the final team scores, the Conkwright boys team placed second.
In the girls middle school race, Lindsay Craig was the top local runner placing ninth followed by Conkwright runners Loran Smith (14th); Kay-Leigh Gleffe (16) and Courtney Francis (17th). In the elementary girls race, Julia Pohl of St. Agatha won the race with a time of 6:46 over the 1600 meter distance. Sisters Star Barber and Brianna Harris with Shearer Elementary were third and fourth. Tyler Soldwisch of St. Agatha was fifth. The girls with the Clark County running program came away with the victory, placing first in final team score.
In the college race, Asbury University placed first in both the College men and women's competition. Local runner Clay Dixon, running for Morehead State University, placed 12th overall in the men’s event.