DRAFFENVILLE – Daviess County swept nine of the top 10 spots in the boys’ varsity 5k run to score a dominant victory in the 32nd annual Marshall County Cross Country Invitational.
Marshall County senior Troy Lampkin finished eighth to prevent a complete whitewashing on the competition by Daviess, and the Marshals – competing without their top-rated runner, Kyle Barry – took second place in team standings among nine entries.
In girls’ varsity competition, Lone Oak took team honors with three runners in the top 10 finishers. Marshall County’s Rachel Northcutt finished fourth and the Lady Marshals were fourth among seven teams competing.
Lampkin kept pace with the top three Daviess County runners in the early going, but eventually dropped back. He sprinted to the finish to hold off DC’s Hunter Cavender by a little less than two seconds.
Lampkin’s time was 18 minutes, 16.41 seconds, more than a minute behind winner Cameron Quisenberry’s 17:00.02.
Daviess rolled to the boys’ gold with a mere 15 points, compared to Marshall’s 66. Northwest High School of Clarksville, Tenn., was third at 102, just one point ahead of Heath. Another Clarksville entry, Kenwood, rounded out the top five with 149 points.
Aleja Grant of Paducah Tilghman paced the girls with a time of 19:32.46. Joanna Elmore of Northwest and Ashley Zimmerman of Lone Oak were next across the line.
Northcutt stopped the clock at 21:55.35, less than a half-second behind Zimmerman’s 21:12.70, to take fourth place.
Courtney Grewelle (eighth) and Madelyn Kauffman (10th) helped the Lady Flash to victory with 50 points to Northwest’s 66.
Fort Campbell was third at 90 points and Marshall County fourth at 102, one point ahead of Murray.
Christian Fellowship’s fledgling program had two participants in the invitational. Hannah Cypret placed 48th out of 60 runners in the girls’ varsity event while her younger brother Gavin placed 41st out of 62 in the 4K run for middle school competitors.
Coach Aaron Cypret’s team also competed in the St. Mary All Comers meet Sept. 27 at Noble Park in Paducah.
“We had 4 kids post their best time this season,” he said. “This is a testament to the hard work and practice [runners] are putting in every week.”