The Lord Botetourt girls were second and the boys were third at the “Cougar Clash” cross country meet in Pulaski County last week.

Salem’s girls took first with 38 points and LB was close behind with 42. Sofia Hernandez of LB was second overall with a time of 21:09.1. Betsy Nall of Pulaski won the race in 20:22.9.

Third overall was Botetourt’s Sydney Vokus, and also scoring were Lauren Duff in eighth, Brielle Jackson in 14th and Katie Cross in 15th place.

Pulaski won the boys race, followed by Salem and then LB. Noah Whitlow of Pulaski had the winning time at 17:25 and LB’s Bryson Cook was next at 17:28.7. Also medaling from Botetourt were Evan Gates in 13th place and Alex Hawkins in 15th. Other scorers were Cameron Turney in 17th and Zach Andrews in 19th.

The top 10 jayvee girls got medals, including LB’s Hatlyn Haggerty, Carly Webster and Keeley McNamara. Cole Stelter and Jonah Clark of LB received medals by finishing in the top 10 in the boys’ jayvee race.

“Coach Gentry and I were very pleased with the efforts of the team,” said LB coach Robert Sullivan. “We are very proud of each member of our cross country team. We are gradually making improvement as the season progresses.

“We watched some runners step up in a big way, like Zach Andrews who has come a long way. Watching him break 20 minutes was very special. He has worked very hard all summer, doing all the right things to put himself in this position.

“Our 8th graders, who are new to cross country, are hitting their stride lately. As their confidence has grown, they are really progressing this season.”

LB is scheduled to host Cave Spring in a meet at the Botetourt Sports Complex today, and Saturday the Cavaliers will run in the Alleghany Invitational.

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