DRAFFENVILLE -- Conditions were not optimal as runners took to the cross country course at Marshall County High School Saturday, October 26. With hundreds and hundreds of runner, friends, and family at Marshall County, there were no significant injuries as the athletes ran a muddy 2019 KHSAA region one course to secure trips to the state run next weekend in Lexington.
Class A took the starting line first, with the girls lining up for a dry course. By the time the boys' starting pistol had fired, the weather conditions had completely deteriorated.
Christian Fellowship boys team competed but failed to come in high enough in points to make the cut for the state tournament.
Boaz Burnett crossed in 31st position with a time of 21:49.54. Isaac Hovekamp, Trey Clendenen, Mark Garland, and Brian Sibley made up the rest of the CFS team. Hovekamp finished with 22:46.74, and Clendenen finished with a time of 24:57.21. Garland crossed at 25:07.56 and Sibley at 25:31.56.
The weather broke again for the Class AAA race at 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The Marshall County girls earned a slot on the state starting line finishing in fourth place.
Kaycee Kemp and Gabbi Lovett were the first two Lady Marshals to cross the finish line, ending with times just seconds apart. Kemp crossed at 22:36.47 and Lovett at 22:44.21. Emma Smith finished with a time of 23:04.61. Leah Vincek ended with 23:38.16, and Taylor Bailey ended with 23:55.28.
The Marshall County boys finished in second place Saturday just four points behind Daviess County. Christian Cosner took first for the Marshals, ninth overall, with a time of 17:44.05. Just four seconds behind him was Ethan McCarty at 14:48.77. Mason Cosner was just two seconds behind McCarty, 17:50.64. Cade Flatt finished at 18:06.77, and Knox Sandlin took the fifth man on the team. He crossed at 18:12.27.
Both the Marshals and the Lady Marshals will be running in the 2019 KHSAA state tournament this coming weekend, November 2.