James, Morris pace Creek cross country

Taylor Ramsey helped lead the Creek cross country team to a second place finish at the Border Dash.

Caroline James and Madison Morris paced the Cedar Creek High School girls cross country team, leading the Lady Cougars to a second place finish at the Border Dash held at Parkway Saturday.

Despite competing without two of its top runners at the event, head coach Craig Moss said he was pleased with what he saw from the girls who finished a close second behind CE Byrd High School.

“It was an absolutely beautiful morning,” said Moss. “The temperature felt significantly better today than last week, and our girls took advantage of it.  We had some great efforts despite not having our full roster, and we are incredibly excited about finishing second.

“We had several PR’s today, though our girls have a goal to improve every week leading to November 15th.   I am extremely proud of how our girls have performed over the past two meets and excited about the season.”

Not only did James finish second at the meet, but she recorded a personal record time of 20:34.5 followed closely by Morris (20:36.2) in third place with a PR of her own. Taylor Ramsey (21:16.0, PR/6th) and Marley Jinks (22:19.1, PR/11th) also set PRs on Saturday while Anna Grace Lee (23:16.0/25th) rounded out the scoring at the meet for the Lady Cougars.

Lindsey Osafo, Leah Sutherland, Annie Jones, Kenley Brasher and Madeline Kneeland also competed for Cedar Creek.

On the boy’s side, the Cougars finished sixth in the 3-mile race led once again by Ethan McCarthy (18:19.5/16th). A number of Cougars set PRs at the event, including Anderson Maxwell (19:25.9/34th), Connor Johnson (20:12.2/41st), Waylon Taylor and Cole Morganthall.

“Our boys worked hard today, though we didn’t see the results we wanted,” said Moss. “We did have some PR’s, and that is always exciting. We will tweak our workouts this weekend and keep building endurance each and every week. We have some outstanding young men who are motivated and driven that will continue to work hard to accomplish our goals.”

John Abram Earle (38th/19:03.6) and Hayes Bridges (19:36.9/36th) also scored in the meet for the Cougars.

The Cougars head to Arkansas Saturday to compete in Crossett.

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