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The Williamstown cross country team hosted their annual invitational on Saturday. Twenty-three schools attended, with over 500 athletes competing, including students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. Races began at 9:00 a.m. and continued throughout the day, with rain in the afternoon causing the primary girls’ and boys’ races to be combined.
Competing from Williamstown in the girls’ JV 5K race were: sophomore Avery March, placing 17th overall; seniors Macy Goetz, Ariana Yerbafria, and Belle Ridder; sophomore Carly Middleton; and eighth grader Megan Perkins. The girls’ team placed fourth overall.
In the boys’ JV 5K race, new team member and seventh grader Bradley Perkins swept past several runners to claim the second place spot, with a time of 20:22.61. Eighth-grader Brady Montgomery was close behind in fourth place, with a time of 20:42.33. Also competing in the JV race were team members and seniors Chaz Jordan and Austin Gordon.
Williamstown Elementary has a large team and also fared well in several races. In the elementary girls’ 3K race, fifth grader Kasey Hill had the highest finish in sixth place. She was followed by Ryan Parsons and Destiny Wallace, in 10th and 11th places, and Caitlynn Evans in 24th.
In the boys’ 3K race, the team placed second overall, close behind the Boone County Jaguars. Top finishers included: Caden Tien in 4th place; Ben Kinsey in 6th; Micah McCain in 9th, and Elijah Walters in 12th place.
In the mixed 2000 meter run for the primary grades, both the Williamstown boys’ and girls’ teams placed second overall. Teja James led the girls’ team with a 15th place finish, while CJ Tien and Noah Cox led the boys’ team with 10th and 11th place finishes, respectively.
The Williamstown Elementary runners will competed Oct. 9, in Burlington at the regional championships at Idlewild Park. The JV/varsity runners will be racing next on Oct. 26 at the Meet of Champions in Masterson Station Park in Lexington.