Morgan leads Lady Pat runners in home meet
STANFORD — It was a blue-ribbon kind of day for the Lincoln County Lady Patriot cross country varsity Thursday as the team dominated its own Lincoln All-Comers meet.
The Lincoln girls were led by the 1-2-3-4 punch of Ava Morgan, Constance Johnson, Alexis Slone and Shayley Reed, who claimed four of the five top spots in the girls’ 5K varsity race.
Pacing the Lady Pats in the successful run was Morgan, a sophomore, who finished at the front of the 18-runner field. She was all alone at the finish, covering the 3.1-mile distance in 24:08. Johnson, also a sophomore, finished as runner-up to her teammate, crossing the finish in 25:18. Slone, a freshman, and Reed, a junior, followed them in in the third- and fourth-place spots. Slone was third in 25:33 while Reed ran fourth in 27:11.
The finishes of each team’s top five runners are used to determine the team winners. Jasmine Steele, an LCHS senior, rounded out the Lady Pat top five by placing eighth in a time of 29:30.
While the finish of Lincoln’s first five runners would have insured a winning finish at most races, it was a given pre-race that the Lincoln girls would win the team competition as the host Lady Patriots were the only team out of six teams participating to field a full 5-man team. Somerset came close with four runners on course. Also participating in the girls varsity run were Garrard County, Russell County, Danville Christian Academy and Bluegrass United.
The Patriot varsity scored five Top 15 finishes in the home meet, led by eighth-grade runner Elijah Hoot Johnson who finished sixth out of 33 runners in a time of 21:35. Senior runner Gabe Singleton finished right behind Johnson in seventh place. His time was 23:00.
Lincoln, which was one of two full teams on course, finished second out of the two teams with 33 points. Russell County won the boys team competition with 22 points. Other teams represented were Garrard County, Somerset, Kentucky School for the Deaf and Bluegrass United.
Toby Sallee, Sebastian Odle and Davis Wardrip rounded out Lincoln’s roll of scoring runners. Sallee, a seventh-grader, placed 10th in 23:09, Odle, a junior, was 12th in 23:36 and Wardrip, also a junior, was 14th in 23:43.
Garrard County senior James Ward won the boys varsity 5K in a time of 18:58. Justin Stearns and Tyler Lulek, both juniors at Russell County, finished second and third, respectively. Stearns’ time was 19:19 and Lulek’s time was 20:12.
In the girls middle school 4K, Lincoln also delivered a 1-2 punch. Abigail Bastin notched another win by finishing almost two minutes ahead of the second-place runner in 17:13. Teammate Olivia Sousis claimed the runner-up spot with a time of 19.22.
Lincoln automatically earned the team win as the only full team out of six teams on course. Lincoln’s other scoring runners were Shelby Smith, Alayna Bodner and Jae Cox. Smith finished fourth overall out of 20 runners in 21:04, Bodner ran sixth in 21:42 and Cox was eighth in 23:06.
There were seven teams represented in the middle school boys 4K and Lincoln came out on top of the three full teams, winning with 19 points. Danville Christian Academy was second with 38 points and Garrard County was third with 67 points.
The Lincoln middle school boys claimed three of the Top 5 spots, with Andrew Pence leading the way with a time of 17:05 to place him third out of 29 runners. Braylan Whitehouse and Ramsey King came in right behind him in fourth- and fifth-place, respectively. Whitehouse crossed in 17:21 and King came in in 17:38. Rounding out Lincoln’s scoring runners were Keagan Steele and Brady Dotson. Steele ran 10th in 19:06 and Dotson was 13th in 20:16.
All of the Top 5 spots in the boys middle school race were actually claimed by Lincoln County runners, while not Lincoln students. Brody Blanton and Jacob Liddle, running for the Lake Cumberland Runners, clinched the top two spots, with Blanton winning the 4K in 15:18 and Liddle right behind him in second with a time of 15:21.
Lincoln Co. All-Comers
Teams: 1) Lincoln Co. 15.
1) Ava Morgan 24:08; 2) Constance Johnson 25:18; 3) Alexis Slone 25:33; 4) Shayley Reed 27:11; 8) Jasmine Steele 29:30; 12) Desirae Ellison 32:45; 14) Andrea Garcia 33:53; 14) Chloe Tillett 36:16.
Teams: 1) Russell Co. 22; 2) Lincoln Co. 33.
6) Elijah Hoot Johnson 21:35; 7) Gabe Singleton 23:00; 10) Toby Sallee 23:09; 12) Sebastian Odle 23:36; 14) Davis Wardrip 23:43; 16) Damien Hodge 24:15; 19) John Sparkman 25:15; 21) Daniel Pence 25:22; 22) Dalton Patterson 25:28; 33) Ethan Lane 41:42,
Middle School Girls
Teams: 1) Lincoln Co. 15.
1) Abigail Bastin 17:13; 2) Olivia Sousis 19:22; 4) Shelby Smith 21:04; 6) Alayna Bodner 21:42; 8) Jae Cox 23:06; 9) Keyera McFarland 23:33; 10) Kinsley Reed 24:22; 14) Angelique Coyne 26:10; 15) Autumn Sallee 26:11.
Middle School Boys
Teams: 1) Lincoln Co. 19; 2) Danville Christian Academy 38; 3) Garrard Co. 67.
3) Andrew Pence 17:05; 4) Braylan Whitehouse 17:21; 5) Ramsey King 17:38; 10) Keagan Steele 19:06; 13) Brady Dotson 20:16 ; 25) Anthony Sousis 24:25.