The Wayne County Cross Country program has one of the finest courses in the state and runners appreciate the scenic Cave Lake Event Park that is spectator friendly. This school year, there are lots of elementary and several middle school runners participating from Wayne County in the outdoor sport.
On Saturday, September 18th, the Wayne County Cross Country Invitational was held in the Mill Springs community with close to 20 schools participating. There were seven different races held beginning with the Nick Cooley Open 3.1mile race, followed up with the popular girls and boys 1.1 mile races for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
Fifth grader Jenna Sexton finished the girls’ race in 5th place out of a field of 117 elementary age runners. There were 15 Wayne County Girls running in this category, placing Wayne County Girls fourth with an average time of 8:16.64. Corbin Elementary placed first overall with an average time of 7:23.94.
In the boys’ 1.1 mile run for kindergarten through sixth graders, Zane Upchurch finished second and Ryker Parmley was eighth out of a field of 116 runners. There were 18 Wayne County runners in the race, placing Wayne County fourth overall with an average time of 7:11.77. Corbin Elementary placed first overall with an average time of 6:49.69.
Wayne County Middle School male runners in the mixed 3K run also finished fourth overall with an average time of 15:46.88. There were six males running with Taren Jones placing 7th for Wayne County and Collin Ramsey in 12th position. North Laurel Middle School finished first overall with an average time of 13:25.57. Wayne County Middle School women had two runners participating with Emily Shearer placing third with a time of 14:39.90 out of 23 female runners. Pulaski County was first overall with an average time of 15:48.49.
At the high school level in both the male and female categories, Wayne County fans admired their only runner’s perseverance in the long 5K run. WCHS Junior Seth Flynn went the distance, against high schools that had many more cross country athletes in this division. Southwestern won the male high school team division and North Laurel won the female overall team award.
Congratulations to all the runners who participated.
High School Runner
Wayne County High School runner Seth Flynn (above and below)
Middle School Runners
Wayne County Cross Country Volunteer Nisha West kept the time as the runners passed the finish line.
Wayne County Middle School runner Emily Shearer earned a medal in the middle school category
Middle School runner Collin Ramsey got a bottle of water after his run from his Aunt Imogene Ramsey.
7th grader Taren Jones showed off his medal after placing 7th out of 49 runners.
Wayne County Middle School runner Kru Abbott passes the finish line
7th grader Colson Vaughn passes the finish line
Skyler Jackson slows down after his race.
(l-r:) Back at the tent, 8th grader Kru Abbott,7th grader Colson Vaughn, 7th grader Skyler Jackson, 7th grader Taren Jones, and Junior Seth Flynn.
WCMS runners (l-r:) Evan Parmley, Emily Shearer, and Abbygale Humphrey rested after their races
Misha and Kendall Clingerman enjoyed watching the events with 5th grader Alexander Jackson.
Elementary runners Penelope Clark, Kiley Askins, and Ryver Ramsey enjoyed visiting together.
Wayne County Elementary top finishers were Fifth Grader Jenna Sexton, second grader Grader Ryker Parmley, and second grader Zane Upchurch.
(l-r:) First grader Logan Parker, second grader Wyatt Parker, third grader Jase Sexton, second grader Jett Sexton, and Kindergartner Jake Kilburn after running their race.
First grader Easton Dishman and Kindergartner Paxton Parmley visited after their race
Wyatt Parker and Logan Parker posed for a photo with 20-month-old future Cardinal Woodrow Simpson