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Trimble harriers beat KCD, Owen
Courier Sports Staff
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 11:00 AM
Trimble County took first place in both races at its own cross country invitational Saturday in Bedford.
The Lady Raiders took the top five scoring spots for a perfect 15 points. Kentucky Country Day, the only other complete team, scored 41 points.
Juniors Ashley Brierly and Kylie Wilberding led the Lady Raider charge. Brierly won the race in 22:39.4 while Wilberding was second in 23:01.5.
Kirsten Baird was third in 24:26.4, Tessa Chilton placed fifth overall in 25:39.5 and Shelby Papai was sixth in 26:12.9. Savannah Moore was 12th in 32:35.0.
"I was very pleased with the way all the kids ran - in particular Ashley Brierly and Kylie Wilberding for battling each other the entire race," Trimble coach David Apel said. "Our course is very hilly compared to many so times are usually slower. Having said this the two of them were a minute and a half ahead of the rest of the field. They both badly wanted to be the invitational individual champion. Battling each other will only help to make each one better. Kylie has had a bothersome knee and this has affected her training somewhat the last couple of weeks. I see this battle continuing throughout the season."
Owen County's Hunter Trenary - who owns the course record and was fourth in the state last year - won the boys race in 17:00 but Trimble runners took the next three spots to power the Raiders to the win.
Christian Apel was second overall in 17:38.3, Tray Robbins was third in 18:57.9 and Brennan Kunkel was fourth in 18:58.2. Jonathan Papai was 10th in 20:25.6 and Issac Schwarz was 15th in 22:36.6 to round out Trimble's scoring. Andrew Hereford was 18th in 25:25.3.
The Raiders scored 34 points to beat Owen County by six points. Kentucky Country Day was third with 47.
"I thought that Christian and Brennan had two of the stronger races," David Apel said. "Brennan's fourth place finish was huge for the team. Putting Christian, Tray and Brennan two, three, four helped us set the stage for a team victory over gritty Owen County and KCD - both solid teams that will do well at state this year."
Trimble County will host the North Central Kentucky Conference championships today. The race begins at 5:30 p.m.
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