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By SHARON GRAVES
The Carroll County cross country team traveled to Williamstown last week for its first race of the season, and tried to make a mark against some very good teams.
Trimble County and Walton-Verona are top teams in the state and will challenge the Panthers every single week, according to Coach Jay Jones.
“Our team is young but has really been putting in some great work this last month,” Jones said. “I am pleased with the way we raced down the stretch.”
He expects the team to be even more competitive, “when we get some mileage under our legs,” he said. “Williamstown is a very tough course, and I would say the first race of the season is one we can build on.”
Senior Kory Brocious finished first for the Panthers with first-year runner Seth Lilly close behind. Miguel Arteaga and Micah Jones finished the course third and fourth, respectively, for the Panthers. Jacob Griffin was unable to finish due to a bruised hip.
“The JV team of Avery Franklin, a first-year runner, Devin Gray and Taylor Hill, another rookie, all ran well,” Jones said.
Andrea Hardesty led the Lady Panthers, in her first distance race ever, according to Jones. Following her were Nikki Hill, Brittany Arvin, Mikaila Woods, Ana Jimenez and Valerie Haynes.
“The girls ran very well,” Jones said. They are young, but they get better every day and are competitive on race day.”
Mixed 3,500-meter run
Girls: Andrea Hardesty, 20:09.8, 8; Brittany Arvin, 22:02.4, 13; Mikaila Woods, 22:14.3, 14; Ana Jimenez, 24:47.7, 19; Valerie Haynes, 24:58.2, 21.
Boys: Avery Franklin, 17:44.7, 20. Devin Gray, 18:50.1, 25. Taylor Hill, 26:41.5, 37.
Varsity 5K Run
Boys: Kory Brocious, 21:48.8, 14. Seth Lilly, 22:24.0, 17. Miguel Arteaga, 22:52.0, 18. Micah Jones, 25:50.3, 22.