(Editor’s note: This version of the story contains a correction.)
LEXINGTON – McCracken County senior Wes Grogan wanted to finish his high-school cross-country career on the podium.
In the home stretch of the Class 3A race of the KHSAA state cross-country meet at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday, Grogan made his move – making his way back to the lead pack, where he started the race.
But, he finished just shy of the podium, coming in 16th with a 16-minute, 30.98-second finish. The top 15 of 252 entrants earned medals.
“I had a really big goal of getting in the top 15,” said Grogan, whose Mustangs were, as a team, 13th, with 417 points. “I think I was 25th with half a mile to go. I passed eight or nine people. I’m still really happy with it, just finishing strong with my high-school cross-country career.”
Without top racer Maggie Aydt (stress fracture in right foot), McCracken’s girls finished 22nd, with 602 points. Lady Mustangs senior Autumn Knight posted the fastest girls’ time in the coverage area in Class 3A, running a 21:38.24 – coming in 103rd of 287 racers.
“I think they all did so well today,” Lady Mustangs coach Maria Grogan said. “They had strong finishes. They all had good times. They’re just a really close team, friendship-wise, and it just showed.”
Marshall County’s boys had the area’s top team finish, in seventh-place with 280 points.
“It feels pretty good,” said Marshals senior Mason Cosner, who overcame wounds he sustained in the shooting at Marshall County in January, 2018, to be the team’s best finisher in a state cross-country meet, crossing 32nd in 17:01.76. “My finish could’ve been better, but it’s the best for my school history, so I’m pretty pleased with it.”
Mason’s twin brother Christian, who was trampled in the aftermath of that same shooting, was 47th – crossing in 17:16.15.
Trigg freshman posts school best in 2A
Trigg County freshman Austin Cavanaugh made school history on Saturday in the Class 2A race.
With a 17:03.89 in the varsity 5K, he became the first Wildcat since 1986 to finish in the top 10.
“I was just trying to get (in the) top 10 and medal,” said Cavanaugh, who was No. 10 to cross the line.
With three more seasons to run, the freshman said there’s one goal he has in mind, which might perhaps take him closer to single digits on the podium.
“I really just want to break 16:00 next year,” Cavanaugh said.
As a team, the Wildcats placed 18th with 457 points.
“I think they did a good job keeping together and using each other to work off of other people,” Cavanaugh said.
The coverage area’s top boys’ team in 2A was Calloway County, with 357 points.
Calloway County seventh-grader Emma Martin had the fastest girls’ time in the coverage area in 2A, crossing in 21:48.77.
As a team, Trigg’s girls posted the best finish in the area, in 16th with 418 points.
Crittenden’s Keller tops area in 1A
Crittenden County junior Kate Keller made the podium in the Class 1A girls’ race – the first of the day – crossing 10th in 20:16.90.
She’s improved at the state meet during her career, following a 53rd-place finish a season ago.
Keller was 44th as a freshman.
Fulton County’s Wesley Brown was the top boys’ finisher, crossing 81st in 18:57.38.
Fulton County’s girls’ and boys’ teams were the highest-placed in the coverage area, finishing 16th and 23rd, respectively – with 444 and 621 points.
Top finishers in the coverage area
81. Wesley Brown (Fulton County), 18:57.38
96. Thomas Newton (St. Mary), 19:09.3
123. Chade Everett (Fulton County), 19:29.55
23. Fulton County, 621 points
27. St. Mary, 649 points
10. Kate Keller (Crittenden County), 20:16.90
25. Miranda Gartner (St. Mary), 21:06.61
57. Emma Harris (Hickman County), 22:16.84
16. Fulton County, 444 points
19. Crittenden County, 529 points
25. St. Mary, 616 points
10. Austin Cavanaugh (Trigg County), 17:03.89
35. Daniel Puckett (Calloway County), 17:39.95
39. Dominic Cashion (Calloway County), 17:45.09
11. Calloway County, 357 points
18. Trigg County, 457 points
22. Paducah Tilghman, 565 points
60. Emma Martin (Calloway County), 21:48.77
64. Riley Brame (Trigg County), 21:57.62
84. DeeDee Barbee (Trigg County), 22:23.94
16. Trigg County, 418 points
21. Calloway County, 487 points
16. Wes Grogan (McCracken County), 16:30.98
32. Mason Cosner (Marshall County), 17:01.76
35. Isaac Lockwood (Graves County), 17:08.36
7. Marshall County, 280 points
13. McCracken County, 417 points
103. Autumn Knight (McCracken County), 21:38.24
114. Emma Newton (McCracken County), 21:48.83
123. Kaycee Kemp (Marshall County), 22:00.78
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