West cross country competes with nation’s elite teams
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Morristown West cross country teams competed against some of the best runners in the nation Saturday in the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville.
Four West runners left the meet with national elite status for their times in a meet that featured 96 teams and more than 800 competitors.
Makenzie Jones led the Lady Trojans with a 14th place finish in the girl’s race out of 340 runners, crossing the line in 18:39. Jessica Lord was 46th in a time of 19:29, and Chantal Wilson was right behind her in 47th position in the same time.
Those three times qualified each as national elite status, and they helped the Lady Trojans claim fifth place in the event as a team with a score of 241. Carmel (Ind.) won the event with a score of 24, backing up their No. 1 ranking in the nation.
Emily Lord crossed the line in 20:13 to finish 81st overall, while Haylea Seals rounded out the team score with an 88th place finish in a time of 20:19.
In the boy’s race, Quintin McKinnish earned national elite status with a time of 15:40 – his best of the season – to finish in 17th place. In a tightly contested race of 473 runners, McKinnish finished just six seconds out of the top 10.
The Trojans finished 24th in the 52-team event with a score of 742. Carmel won the team title in a tiebreaker with Brentwood High School after both teams finished with 88 points.
Charles Ramos (81st), Charles Holbrook (188th), Chad Fryman (281st) and Kenneth Cole (308th) rounded out the team score for West.
- From Staff Reports