Both the Burgin boys and Mercer County girls cross country teams secured themselves a spot in the KHSAA State Cross Country Meet this Saturday after strong performances over the weekend in their respective region meets.
Trevar Lay’s ninth place finish led the Bulldogs to a second place finish in the Class A, Region 5 meet at Masterson Station Park in Lexington.
Lay finished with a time of 18:10.00. Teammate Cooper Shearer wasn’t far behind as he finished 11th overall with a time of 18:18.75.
Burgin finished second to powerhouse Lexington Christian, who is expected be in the hunt for a state title.
Haley Blevins finished second out of 61 runners to lead the Lady Titans to a KHSAA State Cross-Country birth.
Blevins, who is in eighth-grade, finished with a time of 19:31.26. Boyle Coyle County’s Ally Anderson was the individual winner with a time of 19:19.54.
Hailey Stinnett was the only other Lady Titan runner to finish in the top-20. She finished 17th overall with a time of 22:45.67.
Rockcastle County was the team winner. They were followed by Casey County, Boyle County and Mercer County to round out the top-four, respectively.
The Mercer County boys didn’t have enough competitors to have a team score but they did send three individuals.
Lex Burkhead led the way for Mercer County as he finished 27th with a time of 19:04.69.