Runners seek winning recipe after home meet

It was a windy afternoon, but the Sweet Grass County High School cross country athletes made the most of their sole home meet of the season, fighting the gusts around the course.

Kailey Forrey headlined the afternoon with her first varsity start of her running career. The freshman took 16th place with a time of 24 minutes, 11.86 seconds. Head coach Christina Bowden said Forrey handled her first varsity race as well as anyone could, and will be running varsity at the Townsend meet Oct. 14.

Graysen O’Connor posted a 20:34.35, which was just five seconds off his fastest time of the season. O’Connor finished 20th and was accompanied by Forrey as the only two varsity runners at the home meet Saturday. It’s the first time this year the Herders had an individual in both the boys’ and girls’ varsity races.

Ty Ferguson improved on his time from the previous week, running 23:17.24. He went at the junior variety boys’ race alone, as Terrance Cowell did not finish, as he endured an injury mid-race. 

Bowden said Cowell was good to go at the start line, but couldn’t finish.

Moving forward, the Herders will have a couple weeks before state. As they battle illnesses and injuries, they’ll need the Townsend meet as one more tune up before the finale.

“Unfortunately Graysen was sick yesterday and today, so he won’t be able to run this Saturday [at Townsend],” Bowden said. “And yesterday, Terrance was on the bike so I’ll see where he’s at. But I’m OK if they hold steady this week and do their best pace next week.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: Kailey Forrey runs her first varsity race for the Herders on Oct. 7 in Big Timber. (NATE HOWARD / Yellowstone Newspapers)




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