The Archives Course in Frankfort was the site of the 29th annual Capitol View Classic and the Henry County cross country team competed there for the first time in several years.
Many runners and coaches consider it one of the toughest courses in the state with long up hill runs and steep down hills. In fact the information packet sent out by organizers call it the infamous Archives course. Most runners don’t go there expecting to set personal records-they just want to survive it.
But Henry County runner John Bates didn’t buy in to that viewpoint. Bates set a personal record on the course Saturday with a time of 20:04. It was the best time of the day for any runner from Henry County and was good enough for the win in the junior varsity race. And Bates didn’t just beat his personal record; he shattered his previous best by more than 1.5 minutes.
“John Bates had the performance of the day,” Coach Ricky Drawbaugh said. “He PR’d on a very difficult course. After seeing the varsity race I told John to win the JV race, that there should be no competition there that he could not run with. He was mad at himself for not breaking 20.”
Drawbaugh said others also performed well.
“Looking back at the Horse Park results for other teams, most ran about the same time the past two weekends. The Horse Park is a long course and Capitol View is a hard course. Eddie Jones was a minute faster, as was Connor Finley. Most of our other boys were about the same time. I thought we had a good day overall,” he said. “Cathryn Fischer ran about the same in both races. We went into the boys race trying to finish third out of five teams to learn how to compete and not worry about time. The JV boys did this, the varsity did not.”
Drawbaugh thought Bates’ junior varsity performance may have lit a fire in the Varsity runners. He said, “I think a light bulb is starting to go off in some of our runners. Many of the varsity runners did not like seeing John PR on a course that they all said they hated. They are excited for Collins this weekend where they will be on a flatter course that is accurate. Time will tell.”
Girls Varsity 5k
14th Cathryn Fischer, 25:17; 22nd Izzy Miller, 26:51
Boys Varsity 5k
17th Jesse Mann, 20:56; 20th Austin Payton, 21:12; 22nd Josh Logsdon, 21:45; 24th Chase Slone, 22:05; 27th Seth Amiott, 23:11; 28th Brandon Handley, 23:32; 29th Cole Wilson, 23:48
1. Dixie Heights 27; 2. Franklin County 63; 3. Bardstown 69; 4. Anderson County 86; 5. Henry County 110
Boys JV 5k
1st John Bates, 20:04(PR); 5th Eddie Jones, 21:28; 11th Connor Finley 24:45
Girls Middle School 3k
3rd Lilly Golden, 12:54(PR); 22nd Katherine Buckler, 14:02; 27th Grace Golden, 14:09; 29th Sydney Amyx 14:32; 52nd Sarah Finley, 15:46 (PR)
Henry County 3rd of 8 teams
Boys Middle School
16th Andrew Landers 12:26(SB); 34th Landon Morgan 13:18(PR); 42nd Charles Taylor, 13:38(PR); 83rd Anthony Simpson, 18:02(SB)
Girls Elementary 1500 meters
44th Kaya Landers, 7:49
Boys Elementary 1500 meters
20th Keegan Kurtz, 6:28; 29th Isaac Logsdon, 6:38; 76th Bo Kasten, 7:26; 83rd Payton Amyx, 7:31; 121st Mason Buckley 9:01
Henry County 12th of 15 teams