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CMSF fares well at Benton, Harrisburg meets

Staff Report
updated: 9/30/2019 9:11 AM

Late last week, the Carrier Mills-Stonefort cross country team turned in a middle of the pack performance as the Wildcats finished 11 out of 17 teams.
Harrisburg, who also ran in the event, finished 13th, while Father McGivney won the race with a team score of 55. The host Rangers were second at 56, while Pinckneyville (111), Steeleville (161) and Okawville (222) rounded out the top five. Herrin (251), Sparta (258), NCOE (262) and West Frankfort (272) made the top 10.
Carrier Mills (275), Goreville (296), Harrisburg (337), Murphysboro (345), Pope County (350), New Athens (413) and Thompsonville (488) rounded out the field.
Individually, CMSF had two runners finish in the top 50 as Aidan Rollins was 22nd overall with a time of 16:56 and Robbie Hadley turned in a time of 17:34 to finish 33rd overall.
Other finishes and times for the Wildcats included: Lester York (84) 19:10, Brandon Hambleton (85) 19:12, Jacob Reeves (95) 19:27, Malaki Metcalf (98) 19:37, Kyle Bristow (114) 20:37, D.C. Stout (136) 22:05 and Dalton Stevers (166) 25:28.
On the girls' side, Abby Whiting finished 41st overall with a time of 23:37 and Emma Odum was 83rd with a time of 26:35.
"I thought the kids ran well today," said CMSF head coach Mike Eisenhauer. "Almost all of them ran their best time of the year today. The girls improved their times quite a bit compared to what they had been running. I was proud of how the boys competed against some class AA schools and some of the better class A schools in the state."
Also last week, Rollins turned in the overall top time, crossing the line in 18:00 as the Wildcats were second at the Harrisburg Invitational at SIC.
Hamilton County (47) won the event, while Carrier Mills (70) was second. Gallatin County (109) and Harrisburg (123) rounded out the field.
In addition to Rollins, Hadley was sixth overall with a time of 19:06.
Other finishes and times for the Wildcats included: Brandon Hambleton (19) 21:08, Jacob Reeves (21) 21:25, Malaki Metcalf (23) 21:26, Kyle Bristow (27) 22:21, Lester York (29) 22:30, D.C. Stout (32) 23:28 and Dalton Stevers (50) 30:10.
On the girls' side, Abby Whiting was ninth overall with a time of 26:33 and Emma Odum was 13th, finishing with a time of 29:55.
"I thought Aidan ran great today," Eisenhauer said. "He was first out of 53 runners. He ran his best time of the year on the hardest course we have ran to date.  Aidan was over a minute and a half faster than he was last year at this race."