Trigg County had two runners qualify for the state tournament based on their finish at the Region I Cross Country Meet Saturday at Marshall County.
Jay Jolly finished tenth in a time of 18:59 over the 3.1-mile course and became the first Wildcat to finish in the top ten in two years.
Jonathon King finished 36th in a time of 21:29, followed by Zeke Wright in 42nd place in 23:01, and Grady Cofield in 46th in a time of 25:10.
Trigg County did not field a complete team, despite having enough middle schoolers on the roster that were ineligible to compete. The middle school runners competed in middle school races throughout the year and did not compete in the necessary four varsity events to qualify for the regional meet. That may have been most costly to seventh grader Romaine Cunningham, who finished in the top ten consistantly in the middle school races, and has posted a varsity time close to what would have been needed to qualify for the state meet.
Head coach Mike Wright said many of the middle school runners had three varsity races under their belts, but two meets were cancelled late in the season that cost them a shot at making the four race minimum. Those runners could have been entered in varsity races last week at the Meet of Champions in Lexington but were not.
St. Mary's James Maglasang won the race in 17:05, easily outdistancing Fort Campbell's Thomas Wilson.
St. Mary edged Fort Campbell by 14 points to claim the team title.
On the girls' side, Trigg eighth grader Lynease Byers was considered the race favorite coming into the day, but a wrong turn and a sprained ankle soon after knocked her out of contention.
Macy King was Trigg's top runner with a 28th place finish in a time of 24:49, which was fast enought o qualify her for the state meet.
Byers, despite the injury, managed to finish the race in 36th place in 27:56. Monica Jones was 38th (28:56), and Rachel Cronin was 40th (29:26).
Unlike the boys, the girls' team did not have any qualified runners because they are in the sixth grade and lower. Runners have to be in the 7th grade or higher (or grandfathered in like Macy King) in order to compete.
Ballard Memorial's Megan Pickett won the race in 20:32, nearly a minute faster than Fort Campbell's Emily Such.
St. Mary beat Hancock County and Fort Campbell by nine points to win the team title.
Jolly and King will represent Trigg County at the state meet Saturday in Lexington.