Timberwolves News · Cross Country Runners Set Records at MSQ


The Timberwolf Cross Country teams raced at the Mid-State Qualifier last Saturday at Sandhill Research Center on Clemson Road. Although neither team placed highly enough to advance, the cool conditions helped 10 of the 14 runners to run their fastest times of the season, including 6 personal bests.
In the Girls’ race, sophomore Kara Johnsen was the first Timberwolf across the line with a time of 21:29, a new personal best. Johnsen was in 47th position at the one-mile mark, but moved up considerably to finish in 32nd place. Other runners setting personal bests were Carly Fuel (21:38) and Madison Owens (24:01), while Haley Cole (24:46) ran her fastest time of the season. Allie Clemens (22:55) and Hannah Talbert (23:37) were fourth and fifth, respectively, marking the first time ever that WKHS had all five scoring runners under 24 minutes at MSQ. Both Johnsen and Fuel were the #5 runners overall in their respective grades, and Alaina Monaco (21:47) was the #9 senior in the race.
For the Boys, Senior Nathaniel Wilburn led the team with a season’s best and team-leading 17:42, good enough for 36th place overall. Caleb Shealy (17:50), Justin Cole (18:51) and Elliot Briggs (20:20) set personal bests, with Ford Pierce (18:38) being only a few seconds from his best time. Mason Morvant (19:57) and Brandon Reed (20:12) ran their season’s bests at MSQ. Shealy finished as the #8 sophomore in the race, and Cole was the #10 freshman.