Letcher County Central High School’s boys’ crosscountry team won the Class 2A Region 7 championship in a meet held at Harlan County High School over the weekend, while the Cougars girls’ team took second place in their regional meet held at the same location.
Letcher Central secured the boys’ championship when six long-distance specialists finished among the Top 8 of 51 runners in the 5k race, led by junior Chase Cates, whose finishing time of 17:33.56 was bested only by Powell County’s Mark Ventura (17:21.10), also a junior.
LCC senior Austin Bolling finished third (18:01.06), while senior Nick Boggs (18:28.78), junior Dylan Burton (18:58.31), sophomore Trevor Wayne (18:58.62) and senior Anthony
Banks (19:09.94) came in fifth through eighth. Senior Trevor Napier ended the race in the 17th position with a time of 19:51.09.
The boys’ team had a total time of 1:32:00.33 for an average of 18:24.07. Runners up Harlan County had an average time of 19:43.79, edging Perry County Central’s average of 19:55.67.
The LCC girls’ team was bested in the regional meet, also a 5k run, by Harlan County Central, whose senior Kassie Rouse had the top individual time of 22:43.91, besting LCC freshman Ally Damron’s 22:56.22. Junior Keisha Balthis completed the race in 23:13.62 to finish third among the 43 runners.
Also finishing in the Top 10 for LCC was junior Leanna Bryant, who came in seventh (23:59.62).
Letcher Central sophomore Amber Crawford finished 13th, freshman Megan Cornett ended the race in 21st place, and senior Angelina Gose finished 26th.
Harlan County’s runners averaged 23:48.18, while LCC’s averaged 24:25.65.
Named to the all-region boy’s team from LCC were Chase Cates, Austin Bolling, Nick Boggs, Dylan Burton, Trevor Wayne, and Anthony Banks.
Alley Dameron, Keisha Balthis, and Leanna Bryant were named to the girls’ allregion team.
Both the LCC boys’ and girls’ teams, coached by Sallie Hubbard and Faye Collier, will advance to the KHSAA Cross-Country State Meet at Lexington Horse Park on November 10.