Gauge Montgomery finishes in second place for Loyd Star at 2A cross-country meet

Published 3:00 pm Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Loyd Star sophomore Gauge Montgomery joined the school’s cross-country team this season and ran at the front of the pack for the Hornets throughout the year.

Last week in the MHSAA 2A state meet, Montgomery showed that he’s capable of running at the front of the pack with anyone in the state.

Montgomery finished second overall on the 5K course at Choctaw Trails with a time of 17 minutes and 24 seconds. Senior Gabe McElwain of Walnut High finished in first place with a time of 16:21.

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Coming in third was Baldwyn High sophomore Hagan McCarley (17:29).

“Gauge not only gave great effort at practice, but he gave great effort away from practice by putting in extra work on his own,” said first year Loyd Star cross-country coach Russell Cruise. “He never shied away from a challenge. His love for running was infectious to several of his teammates.”

West Lincoln sophomore Hayden Skates was the 17th placed finisher with a time of 20:24.

Other Lincoln County runners in the race were Loyd Star junior Cooper Creel (19th, 20:28), Loyd Star seventh grader Carson Sellers (20:44), West Lincoln senior Zach Reed (21:08), Loyd Star eighth grader Parker Satterfield (22:00), West Lincoln eighth grader Aden Purvis (24:37), West Lincoln eighth grader Caleb Wroten (24:59), Loyd Star eighth grader Riley Friloux (25:14), West Lincoln freshman Zachary Fuller (27:24), West Lincoln eight grader Brice Spring (28:31), Loyd Star eighth grader Brennon Reid (28:44), West Lincoln eighth grader Ethan Price (29:09) and Loyd Star sophomore Chandler Creel (29:26).

There were 109 runners in the race.

“I’ve been around several good runners over the last few years and Gauge is near the top of that group,” said Cruise. “I’m proud of him and our team and expect big things next year from them. We had runners playing different sports who trained a lot on their own. Cooper Creel would come off the football field on Fridays and then run on Saturdays. Winning district and regional isn’t going to be enough to satisfy this group next year.”

Freshman Ryleigh Purdy was the top finisher in the 2A girls’ race with a time of 26:58. Other finishers for the Bears and head coach Jay Case were junior Alaina Mathis (27:25), eighth grader Lexi Furr (30:25), senior Kate McClatchy (31:03), eighth grader Palyn Smith (34:31) and freshman Kaleigh Davis (34:37).