The Wayne County Cross Country Team accepted the trophy following Saturday's event.

    The Wayne County Boys Cross Country team participated in the Class 2A Region 5 Championships, last Saturday, at Cave Lake Event Park.    The event, hosted by Wayne County in the Touristville community, featured 43 schools participating, in Class A, Class 2A and Class 3A.  The "Super Regional" crowned champions in boys and girls in three different regions and in three different classes, as cross country only has three classifications.

    Teams from all over the commonwealth competed for a right to advance 
to this week's state championships at the Kentucky Horse Park.
    Wayne County battled nine other scored teams in the Class 2A Region 
5 and finished as the region runner-up with a team score of 101, as 
Corbin bested the field with an impressive score of 37.  The Running 
Cards clipped Bell County's score of 102, Rockcastle County's 117, 
Russell County's 141, Mercer County's 142, McCreary Central's 153, 
Boyle County's 154 and Lincoln County's total of 209.
    The event scores the top five runners for each squad and Wayne 
County was led by four runners that all finished in the top 17 of the 
event, that totaled 75-individual runners.  Senior Nathan West led 
the charge with a sixth-place time of 17:52, followed by senior Jacob 
Morgan's 10th place time of 18:11.  Senior Nicholas Shearer, fresh 
off a successful soccer season, registered in at 15th place with an 
18:49, while freshman Nathan Smith recorded an 18:58, in the 17th spot.
    "We're extremely proud of our team and their effort the past several 
weeks, leading up to the regionals.  We finished one point ahead of 
Bell County, so every spot mattered and credit Corbin they have an 
outstanding team.  We want to compete and win championships every 
season, but these guys have worked as hard as any group we've had in 
sometime.  We kept improving every week we competed and to finish as 
the runner-up is a very nice accomplishment," said Wayne County cross 
country coach Kevin Jones.
    Freshman Seth Flynn tallied a time of 22:23 as the team's five-man, 
while senior Adam Sawyer finished just behind his teammate with a 
clip of 22:44.
    Aaron Hesse, fresh off a golf region championship, joined the squad 
late and finished with a time of 23:32, to round-out the seven 
members of the squad.
    "Credit our seniors as their leadership and dedication really set 
the tone for the season and this past weekend.  The strength of this 
team has been our seniors and the fact we've had four very 
competitive runners on the top-end and those guys on the back-end 
have also been challenged as well, which paid off Saturday," said Jones.
    Wayne County won the region four straight years in 2013, 2014, 2015 
and 2016, plus was the runner-up in 2018.  Last season the team 
advanced to the state championships, but didn't take home any 
hardware, so it was quite an accomplishment to finish in the second 
    "We were a bit spoiled there five years in a row with so many great 
individual runners and the depth of our teams, so this is really nice 
for our guys and the program.  We had the individual champion in this 
region five straight years, so this year was certainly more of a 
group effort to get the team points," said Jones.
    Up next for the squad is the Kentucky State Cross County 
Championships on Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park.
    "We were there last year and have always qualified as a team, so the 
goal remains to work hard all week and see where we can finish 
against the best teams in the state.  We've worked hard all season 
and this is what you train for, so now we need to see if we can keep 
improving as a team," said Jones.
    Details on the event and the results will appear in next week's 
edition of The Outlook.

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