PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Cross Country program hit the ground running for their 2022 season, with a trip to the Charles Pointe Invitational.
During the contest, the TCMS boys came out strong, outrunning the competition and earning a first-place team finish.
According to Coach Karey Maier, 12 teams and over 99 runners were represented at the meet, meaning the Knights were going up against some grueling competition. However, that wouldn’t hamper the team’s dedication and drive to push for quick finishes.
“Last year, we lost some strong runners, so I was concerned with what our year might look like,” said Coach Karey McDaniel. “Our runners have clearly risen to the challenge and are beating their previous records!”
And because of the promise she has already seen out of the team, Maier voiced that she is excited to see what this cross country season holds.
Carter Gillespie led the way for the Knights, earning a third-place finish with an outstanding time of 12:11.
TCMS’s Cameron Gray cross the finish line milliseconds ahead of Briar Larew, both recording a time of 12:44, and earning eighth and ninth-place overall finishes.
The next Knight to make his way through the pack and cross the finish line within the top 20 runners was Caleb Edwards, recording a time of 13:15.
Rounding out the top seven runners for Knights were Chase Maier (13:42, 23rd), John Gouzd (14:09, 30th) and Mason Nestor (14:27, 37th).
Also competing for the TCMS Boys Cross Country team in the contest were Maverick Bartsch, Jake Davis and Grant Taylor.
The Lady Knights, pitted against ten other schools, displayed a promising start to their season, earning a fourth-place finish.
Leading the way for the TCMS ladies was Addison Sole, who conquered the course with a time of 14:12. She was the only Lady Knight to medal at the event and earned a sixth-place overall finish.
Peyton Stevens was the second Lady Knight to cross the finish line, taking down the course in a time of 16:43 and finishing in 20th place, followed closely by Ainsely Alexander with a time of 16:51 in 24th.
Rounding out the top seven runners for the TCMS Lady Knights were Addie Annon (18:40, 40th), Lydia Conrad (20:07, 44th), Suri Stemple (21:05, 46th) and Jordan Cox (21:08, 47th).
Also running for the Lady Knights was Arabella Jones.
The Knights Cross Country program won’t have another meet until Wednesday, September 7 when they host their home meet at West Taylor Elementary School.