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Lady Raiders place 6th of 29 teams at Louisville meet

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Boys place 16th of 33 teams

By The Staff

Louisville’s Tom Sawyer Park was the site Saturday, Oct. 2, for the South’s largest collegiate and high school cross-country meet.

Runners from 97 colleges and universities from 20 states and more than 50 high school teams from Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio, competed in the 9th Annual Greater Louisville Classic.

Though the meet featured a lot of big schools, the “little” team from Trimble County made some big noise. 

The No. 3 state ranked Lady Runnin’ Raiders, led by their seniors, placed sixth out of 29 teams. Six Lady Raiders placed among the top 70 finishers of 225 runners.

Top-ranked Daviess County won the meet; Brentwood Academy of Tennessee placed second; and Ryle High School in Boone County, Ky., took third.

TCHS Senior Brandi Chappell placed 34th with a time of 20:49; senior Jessica Cooley finished 44th in 21:08, and Erin Gonterman placed 52nd in 21:18. 

“Placing in the top six in this caliber of meet is a big accomplishment. Our pack running really benefited us today,” said Head Coach Jeff Vincent. “Less than one minute separated our No. 1 runner from our No. 6 runner, which really helps in team scoring.”

The 36th ranked Runnin’ Raiders boys’ team also made some noise of their own, placing 16th out of 33 teams. The Raiders were able to edge regional rival Sayre High School along with other quality teams throughout the state. 

Brentwood Academy won the meet, followed by Butler High School, second, and Apollo High School, third.

TCHS junior Kevin Bailey led the Raiders, placing 46th in 17:19; senior Kyle Howdyshell placed 70th in 17:41; and senior Mike Baird placed 96th in 18:08.

Coach Vincent added, “Some really good things happened today for our boys’ team. Our team average time wasn’t where we need it to be however our 5, 6 and 7 runners stepped up big today. We will need them along with all of our runners to accomplish our goals of conference, regional, and top 4 in the state. We have some work to do before that happens however we are making progress. This is a gutsy bunch of guys so don’t count them out.”

The Runnin’ Raiders next 3 races will be held at the Trimble Co. Park in Bedford. On October 9th the Raiders host the 2nd Annual Trimble Co. Invitational. Races will begin at 11AM and continue through 2PM for elementary, middle, and high school teams. And on October 12th the Raiders will host the North Central Kentucky Conference Championship.

“We would love to see a big crowd at our upcoming races. Our kids have been working really hard and are ready to put on a good show for their home crowd. All races will be exciting. Oct. 9th will feature 5 state ranked teams and tons of individual talent which should lead into a fun day. We will have a live DJ, great concessions, and great racing action. The Trimble Co. Park is such a beautiful place to host cross country races. We hope to see you there.” Coach Vincent added.

“Some really good things happened today for our boys’ team,” Vincent said. “Our team-average time wasn’t where we need it to be, however our fifth, sixth and seventh runners stepped up big today.” 

The Runnin’ Raiders next two races will be held at home at Trimble County Park in Bedford. First is the second Trimble County Invitational set to begin at a 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, for elementary, middle and high school teams.

On Oct. 12, the Raiders host the North Central Kentucky Conference Championship at the park, starting at 5:30 p.m.

“We would love to see a big crowd at our upcoming races,” Vincent said. “Our kids have been working really hard and are ready to put on a good show for their hometown.”

Vincent said five state-ranked teams will be participating in the Oct. 9 invitational, which also will feature music by a local DJ and plenty of conessions.

“Trimble County Park is such a beautiful place to host cross country races,” he said.