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Fifth-grader wins race at Green County

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County cross country team traveled to Green County Saturday to take part in the Green County Invitational. The team had a great showing in the meet and ended up with their first individual winner of the season. Fifth-grader Brianna Mattingly won the elementary school race.  
"I told the kids before the race that everyone should be faster than they were three weeks ago when we ran the same course," Head Coach Daniel Johnson said.  "I knew it would be a good barometer to see how much we have improved over that time."
Nearly everyone improved their times. Some runners that Johnson pointed out were Ty Wheeler who improved on his season best time by 70 seconds and Austin Wethington posted his season best time. Laurel Brahm knocked over two full minutes off her previous time on the same course and Mary Helen Hamilton ran the course over one minute faster.
Individual results for the girls' team are as follows:
Girls elementary 1600m run; Brianna Mattingly, 1st, 7:44.18; Morgan Boblitt, 10th, 8:13.14; Jayla Cowherd, 17th, 9:02.78; Megan Boblitt, 18th, 9:13.09; Ligeia Lanham, 19th, 9:25.61; Kirsten Smothers, 31st, 13:32.93.
Girls middle school 2700m run; Autumn McCarty, 20th, 15:17.56
Girls varsity 5k run; Laurel Brahm, 18th, 23:59.27; Meredith Bartley, 38th, 27:15.57; Mary Helen Hamilton, 39th, 27:17.77; Gretchen Krenning, 52nd, 39:44.15, Rachel Wethington, 53rd, 39:45.35.
Team results for the girls' team are as follows:
Elementary team; 2nd, total time 43:38.80; average time 8:43.76
Varsity team; 5th, total time 2:38:03.11; average time 31:36.63
Individual results for the boys' team are as follows:
Boys 2700m run; Seth Allen, 31st, 12:47.00; Ty Wheeler, 39th, 14:01.00; Austin Wethington, 47th, 15:34.00
Boys 5k varsity run; Justin Overstreet, 38th, 22:35.91
On Saturday, the team travels to the Lexington Catholic Invitational at the Kentucky Horse Park in Georgetown. This location is also the site of the state meet.
"It is always one of the biggest and most competitive meets in the state, and I expect us to run very well," Coach Johnson said.