Bears place 2nd in SEKC meets

John Middleton Sports Editor

October 1, 2013

Both the Harlan County boys and girls cross country teams recorded second-place finishes in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Meet at Harlan County High School on Tuesday.

The Black Bears finished just eight points behind Bell County in the boys race.

Cory Hornsby and Steven Engle paced Harlan County with sixth- and seventh-place finishes respectively. Caleb Bailey came in 11th. Alex Lewis was 20th. Noah Hughes finished 22nd. Kyle Middleton followed in 25th, while Trevor Wilson was 27th.

“The guys ran hard. I hate to see the streak (of two straight SEKC championships) snapped for these seniors. But, it doesn’t take away from their legacy of what they have done here at HC. I am very proud of them and thankful for what they have done for us the last few years,” said Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe.

Harlan’s Mason Miller was the top local runner, with a third-place finish in the boys race. Fellow Green Dragon Ben Jones came in 24th.

Williamsburg’s Garrett Faulkner captured the boys individual title.

Harlan County finished 14 points behind Corbin in the girls race.

Senior Kaitlyn Stittums led the Lady Bears with a seventh-place finish. Allison Cornett came in 11th. Katie Graham was 13th. Samantha Howard came in 14th. Madison Blanton finished 19th. Sidney Kelly followed in 20th. Amy Clark finished 23rd.

“With as young as we are, I was incredibly pleased with the way they raced. This experience is really going to help us down the road,” said Vitatoe. “They all ran what I wanted them to run, and we just came up short. It happens. We will learn from it and become a better team for it.”

Williamsburg’s Selena Mattingly captured the girls individual title. Corbin claimed the team championship.

The top seven runners on both races were named to the All-SEKC teams.