BY ANTHONY VENCE firstname.lastname@example.org www.chronicle-tribune.com
The Rossville girls’ and the Frankfort boys’ cross-country teams took first place at the county meet in Rossville Saturday.
Rossville hosted Frankfort, Clinton Central and Clinton Prairie.
According to Rossville head coach Rick Foster, the girls won the county meet for the first time.
Rossville’s Lauren Bright finished the race in first place with a time of 21:43.
Foster said he wasn’t surprised by Bright’s first place finished. He said his middle of the pack runners and their fifth runner, Sarah Hendrickson, helped seal the victory.
“Candice Waldron, Kaitlyn Mills and Victoria Shedron really stepped it up in the middle pack,” he said. “Our number five girl, Sarah Hendrickson, passed a Clinton Central girl at the end of the race, which I think may have clinched it for us.”
Clinton Central’s Kelly Fox finished second with a time of 22:04 and Sami Smith finished third with a time of 22:47. Rossville’s Waldron finished fourth with a time of 23:22 and Mills finished fifth with a time of 23:29.
The Rossville girls finished first as a team with 31 points. Clinton Central came in second with 35 points and Clinton Prairie came in third with 56 points. The Frankfort girls’ team did not have enough runners to qualify as a team.
The Frankfort boys’ team won the county meet for the second consecutive year.
Frankfort head coach Tim Galati said he was happy with the team’s win and will use the race as preparation for their upcoming conference meet.
“It was good to get the second county title in a row,” he said. “It’s a good stepping stone to our next goal, which is trying to win our conference meet in a couple weeks.”
Frankfort’s Cody Bray finished the race in first place with a time of 16:59. Rossville’s Solomon Heffernan, who finished second with a time of 17:04, was neck and neck with Bray until the final stretch.
Frankfort’s Omar Santos finished third with a time of 17:38 and Rossville’s Grant Clark finished fourth with a time of 18:09. Frankfort’s Logan Crum rounded out the top five with a time of 18:15.
The Frankfort boys finished first with 31 points and Rossville finished second with 37 points. Clinton Prairie finished third with 55 points and Clinton Central finished fourth with 95 points.