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Greyhounds compete at Alexander/Asics Invitational

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    Depth provided from runners such as Mariah Hunter continues to give the Lady Greyhounds a strong chance of reaching their goal of winning a region title. CONTRIBUTED
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    Kyle Whipple’s time of 17:05.43 delivered a secondplace finish in his race over the weekend for the Greyhounds. CONTRIBUTED

Being the midst of a field of more than 4,000 runners from five states, domination of the top finishing positions of virtually every race wasn’t the result for Jones County as some of its top cross country athletes took part in the Alexander/Asics Invitational.

Individually, however, the Greyhounds continued to excel on a personal level as they continue to get set for the region championship meet on Oct. 24. In fact, five JCHS runners, four from the boys side, set personal record times on the fast course, generating much-needed momentum just in time for postseason meets. Those setting personal bests were Sydney Bowman, Kyle Whipple, Justus Boyd, Nathan Corrigian, Joshua Barber and Aaron England.

“It kind of brings everyone back down to Earth. We’ve been running some smaller meets closer to home and get to be a big fish in a small pond,” Jones County head coach Geoff Moore said. ”It kind of brings you back to Earth, but when you see the times you run, it helps your confidence. In our region, right now feels like we're right where we need to be.”

Jones County’s final meet prior to the end of the regular season is this Wednesday at Mount de Sales.

Laney Doster was the only JCHS runner competing in one of the overall championship races on Saturday, coming in 27th with a time of 18:41.26, her best time of the season. The rest of the Jones County runners were slotted in the JV girls championship race and excelled, the top performer being Mariah Hunter in 13th at 21:21.84, Kaitlin Malone in 26th with a time of 21:15.22, Sydney Grant’s 22:08.47 that put her in 32nd, Reagan Hicks in 41st with a time of 22:16.77, Hailey Smith’s 84th-place time of 22:53.61 and Grant’s 120th-place time of 23:39.25 to go with the 25:00.82 of Raleigh Dyer that was good for 158th on the board.

Leading the multitude of Greyhound runners setting personal best marks in the JV boys race was Whipple with a time of 17:05.43 in second place, ahead of Boyd in seventh place with a 17:12.26 time. Austin Sullivan’s time of 17:25.70 was good for 12th with Nathan Corrigian in 40th with a time of 17:15.10, Joshua Barber a few spots back in 43rd timing in a 17:52.82, Aaron England in 54th by way of a time of 17:59.27, Bayden Burns in 123rd with a time of 18:42.80 and Marquise Hunter in 142nd with a time of 18:58.42

“They have their goals in front of them. We’ll have a regular week of practice this week and take the whole gang to Mount de Sales,” Moore said. “We’ll kind of use it as workout day and continue to get some rest and get ready for championship season.”

JV, middle school runners a force at Viking Invitational

Jones County dispatched its JV runners to the Viking Invitational last Wednesday, and the runners on the course put forth a strong showing.

Competing in the girls portion of the mixed varsity race, Emily Patat and Addison Newby finished third and fourth with times of 26:39.14 and 27:44.81 while Laci Kiser was 22nd via a time of 30:42.14. Elizabeth Rousey’s time of 32:03.97 and Chloe Barton’s 32:16.42 placed them 29th and 30th. It all added up to a fourth-place finish as a team for Jones County.

The Greyhounds dominated the boys portion of the race, sweeping the top four spots and five of the top ten to win the race’s team title.

Leading across the finish line was Levi Skinner (19:39.67), Jackson Taylor (19:57.39), Brendan Waters (20:06.74) and Austin Collins (20:14.51). In ninth was Kyle Gillespe with his time of 21:12.48.

Jeffrey Brown’s time of 23:59.65 placed him in 37th and Jaylen King was 41st at 24:18.85. Daniel Hursey ACS SickBoy Duct Ad2 8/9/19 11:05 came across the line 50th with a time 5.19 X 5 of 26:34.45 ahead of Jeremiah Bell in 56th (29:51.58).

Gray Station Middle School was third in the boys middle school 3,200- meter race with all six runners setting personal best times. The effort was led by Gavin Robinson in sixth (12:27.09), Gunner Kent (13:18.27) in 16th, Landon Steinmeyer in 21st (13:23.41), Luke Thornton in 22nd (13:24.80) and Rhett Perry in 26th (13.35.91). Tyler Marshall was 47th with a time of (14:32.22).

Gray Station was sixth in the girls middle school race, led by Lily Palmer’s sixth-place finish and time of 14:32.61. Like their boys counterparts, all six runners set personal best times.

Isabella Sanchez’s 14:56.78 was good for 12th, Sable Teague was 26th with a time of 15:53.88 and Abigail Norris placed 48th with a time of 17:14.91. Being credited for 65th and 66th place were Gabrielle Childs (18:45.55) and Allie Betts (19:02.38).

In the mixed middle school race, Lyndise Hanner from Gray Station was 25th on the girls side with a time of 19:41.60, Carly Mercer was 28th (19:49.88), Moriah Hursey was 34th (20:52.78), Sydney Smith was 35th (20:52.89), Ashley Bennett was 38th (21:52.33) and Sarah Zellner was 39th (21:55.65).

Gray Station Middle School was third in the boys middle school 3,200- meter race with all six runners setting personal best times. The effort was led by Gavin Robinson in sixth (12:27.09), Gunner Kent (13:18.27) in 16th, Landon Steinmeyer in 21st (13:23.41), Luke Thornton in 22nd (13:24.80) and Rhett Perry in 26th (13.35.91). Tyler Marshall was 47th with a time of (14:32.22).

Gray Station was sixth in the girls middle school race, led by Lily Palmer’s sixth-place finish and time of 14:32.61. Like their boys counterparts, all six runners set personal best times.

Isabella Sanchez’s 14:56.78 was good for 12th, Sable Teague was 26th with a time of 15:53.88 and Abigail Norris placed 48th with a time of 17:14.91. Being credited for 65th and 66th place were Gabrielle Childs (18:45.55) and Allie Betts (19:02.38).

In the mixed middle school race, Lyndise Hanner from Gray Station was 25th on the girls side with a time of 19:41.60, Carly Mercer was 28th (19:49.88), Moriah Hursey was 34th (20:52.78), Sydney Smith was 35th (20:52.89), Ashley Bennett was 38th (21:52.33) and Sarah Zellner was 39th (21:55.65).

In the boys mixed race, a sweep of the top seven positions delivered Gray Station the overall win as a team. Shaun Williams (13:47.39) was first ahead of Dawson Walker (14:10.19), Cam Moody (13:46.17), Jackson Ham (14:38.50), John Rackley (14:45,79), Clayton Lacey (15:04.18) and Hunter McCleskey (15:04.45). Kaden Richards (15:19.13) and Seth Walker (15:26.85) were 12th and 13th, Jackson Evans was 20th (16:34.21), Avery Gordon was 24th (17:01.12), Caymin Caldwell was 26th (17:04.39), Hawk Oller was 28th (17:10.73), Drew Holder was 30th (17:24.71), Andrew Pecorelli was 33rd (17:34.93), Trip Arnold was 39th (17:58.11), Javian Gibson (18:39.08) was 44th, Cale Smith (19:12.94) was 47th AM Page 1 and Erik Marlowe (22:40.89) was 57th.