The 15th Region is stacked with talent in female sports and the talent has spilled over into Cross Country. The top female athletes from every sport is using Cross Country as not only a way to stay in shape but another avenue to earn a scholarship. The Mountains has a lot of very strong Long Distance runners but from our eyes it seems like Prestonsburg's Kaitlyn Keathley and Johnson Central's Kelci Blair at the top of the list have separated theirselves from the pack. Kaitlyn Keathley has dominated the cross country scene here in the Mountains of Eastern KY, she is by far the most decorated runner in the 15th Region and it isn't close. Kaitlyn is the only Region Champion in the Pike and Floyd County areas in years, when the girls show up to the meet on Saturday's there isn't any question who the top dog is. Here is a list of the Top 15 Cross Country runners our experts have compiled in the 15th Region.

1. KAITLYN KEATHLEY- Prestonsburg 3 Sport Standout XC/Track/Basketball. 2016 Class 2A Region 7 Champion. 4 Time State Qualifier. 2018 Area 9 Champion Runner up. 2018 All Area 9 Team Selection. Currently Ranked #15th in the State in her 2019 Graduating Class. Class 1A. Prestonsburg High School Class: 2019 (2nd ranked PG in the Mountains)

2. KELCI BLAIR: 3 sport Standout including XC/Soccer/Basketball. Multiple time State Qualifier in Cross Country Johnson Central Class: 2021 (Top 5 PG in the Mountains) Kelci is an elite basketball prospect, her game has grew leaps & bounds this summer with her WV Dream AAU Team, she has gained a lot of confidence.

3. KADDANCE GASPARAC- Magoffin County Class: 2022

4. SARA KATE HOWARD- Pikeville Class: 2024 Team Qualifier for 2017/2018 State Championships

5. KELCIE ADAMS- Pikeville Class: 2022

6. ALYSSA POSTON- Johnson Central Class: 2022

7. CINDY NORMAN- East Ridge Class: 2022

8. ALLIE SAMPLES- Pikeville Class: 2021

9. ANNA KEETON- Paintsville Class: 2019 (#1 Ranked Volleyball Player in the Mountains)

10. DANIELLE PRATER- Phelps High School Class: 2020 (Top 5 PG and #1 Scorer in the Mountains)

11. EMILY PRATER- Phelps High School Class: 2022

12. SAVANNA SLUSHER- Magoffin County Class: 2023

13. JEWEL BOOHER- Pikeville Class: 2021

14. LEAH WELLS- East Ridge Class: 2022

15. RACHEL WRIGHT- Pikeville Class: 2022

15. CHLOE SMITH- Phelps High School Class: 2020 (One of the Top Rebounders in the Mountains)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 By darrell