The Trigg County girls' cross country team qualified for the state cross country meet for the first time in four years Saturday thanks to a third place finish at the Region I Cross County Meet at Murray.
Eighth grader Shakandace Malone paced the Lady Wildcat runners with a fourth place finish in a time of 21:53. Dawson Springs senior Heather Martin won the race in a time of 21:08, followed by Rebecca Shultz of Fort Campbell in 21:15.
Seventh grader Lynease Byers followed Malone across the finish line in fifth place in 21:57. Macey King was 19th in 24:09, followed by Taylor Bryant in 32nd (27:07) and Rachel Cronin in 35th (28:39).
As a team Trigg finished third with 73 points. Fort Campbell won the region title with 31 points, and St. Mary was second with 58 points.
It's only the second time in ten years and third time since Trigg County's state championship season of 1991 that Trigg has qualified a girls team for the state meet.
For the guys, sophomore Jay Jolly was Trigg County's top finisher and was the only Wildcat runner to qualify for the state meet after finishing 19th in a time of 19:25. It was the culmination of a tough day for Jolly, who attended his grandmother's funeral earlier in the day.
Zeke Wright finished 31st in 20:10, followed by Jakelzie Martin in 43rd (21:43), Grady Cofield in 49th (23:26), and Landon Sumner (51st, 23:31).
Trigg's boys finished seventh with a score of 193. St. Mary won the region title with 48 points, edging Hancock County who was second with 51 points.
The state meet is Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.