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Kingsville Cross Country Runners Open Season At St. Mary’s Meet

Lady Tiger Leader… Kingsville senior cross country runner Talitha Hart placed sixth for a top-10 medal finish at the St. Mary’s Cross Country Invitational Meet at St. Michael the Archangel High School on Saturday, September 3. The three-time state meet qualifier timed out at 24:20 as the Kingsville cross country teams opened the season at the meet. Photo by Steve Edwards

The Kingsville high school cross country runners opened the season at the St. Mary’s 50th Cross Country Invitational Meet on Saturday, September 3.
Three Tigers and Lady Tigers runners ran to medal finishes with five total Kingsville runners competing.

“Great start to the season,” said Kingsville cross country head coach Lee Smith. “They’ve been working hard over the offseason, and we’re starting to see the results.”

Senior Lady Tiger runner, and four-year high school team member Talitha Hart turned in a top-10 finish by clocking a time of 24:20 to place sixth on the day.

Returning sophomore runner Brayden Barnett turned in the top Tiger boys’ performance with a time of 21:27 which put him in 31st place.

“Talitha and Brayden are good examples of putting in the work,” said coach Smith. “In this sport, you show more by example.”

Freshman Lady Tiger Allie Sosa placed 29th in a time of 29:01, among the 40 girls finishers to earn a top-35 medal.

On the boys side, sophomore Dilan Grimes placed 36th with a time of 22:06. Freshman Julian Molina placed 53rd to round out Kingsville’s showing on the day.

“We’re building for the future,” noted coach Smith as a handful of Kingsville runners set to join the team at meets in the near future.

The next meet scheduled for the Kingsville cross country teams is the Knob Noster Invitational Meet on Saturday, September 10. The boys varsity race begins at 8:30 a.m. The girls varsity race starts at 9, and the middle school race starts at 9:45.

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