Augusta XC Previews Regional Site at Bluegrass Invitational

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               Later next month, Augusta will compete in the regional cross country meet at Masterson Station Park in Lexington.  Last Saturday, the team had the opportunity to compete at the site of the region by attending the Bluegrass Invitational.

               While the regional meet could utilize a different course on the site, Augusta Coach Tim Litteral still considered competing at the site as a valuable experience.  “They have a few different options on how they could configure the course to run the race, but they’re going to have to run over the same terrain and some part will remain the same, so I think our athletes having a general familiarity with site will be beneficial to them.”

               In the girls varsity race, Braylie Curtis ran a season best 22:27, finishing 37th out of 137 runners.

               The boys varsity race featured 186 runners.  Sophomore Grayson Miller was in first for the Panthers.  He finished 18th, running 17:20.  It was a personal record for Miller and the 6th best time in school history.  Bryant Curtis an 17:34, finishing 27th. Conner Snapp ran 19:59.  Nicholas Mains ran 20:43, and Nolan Young ran 21:09, a personal record for both.  John Hamm finished in 21:58, while Braydon Appleman ran a personal best 30:16.

               In the boys middle school race, Jasper Miller ran the 4K (2.5 miles) in 20:49.  It was Miller’s first time running a 4K. 

               “We’ve peaked on our weekly mileage, and we’ll be progressing down as we go through October,” Litteral said.  “While our runners have continued to improve, they’re legs are expected to be a bit tired from our training at this point in the season, so the goal is that as we lower the mileage and approach the post-season, they will see faster times.”

               This Saturday, the varsity team will compete at the Louisville Cross Country Classic at Tom Sawyer State Park.