By Tommie Kendall
In a race that the Henry County cross-country runners had been aiming towards for the last month, they ran some of their best individual performances of the season at the Greater Louisville Classic high school meet Saturday.
Cassey Fischer finished 22nd in the girls’ varsity race with a 10-second personal record of 20 minute, 52 for the 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) course, while her younger sister Cathryn dropped nearly two minutes off her best time with a 29th-place finish in 21:22. Alexa King suffered from stomach cramps to finish 118th in 28:21. In the boys’ varsity race, Travis Farmer came back from injury to finish 121st in 20:27 and Brandon Goodwin ran his best time of the season to finish 140th in 22:48. Ricky Drawbaugh, who has coached the squad the previous three seasons, was pleased with all five of his runners on the flat, fast layout at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
“Our hope was to go there and get our times down, and I thought everyone that ran did well,” he said.
As for Farmer, the junior has been suffering from knee problems the last month and was unable to train during that time. He only ran once last week before Saturday’s race, but is expected to be close to full strength by the time the regional and state meets roll around next month.
“He was disappointed with his time but coach (Greg) Woods and myself were excited because he’s about where he left off and he still has a month to go,” Drawbaugh said. “We think he will be all right.”
In the boys’ race, Ryan Eaton of Greenwood was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 15:44. James Maglasang of St. Mary was second in 15:53 and Stacey Eden of Shelby County was third in 16:08. In the team standings, Daviess County won with 73 points, followed by Butler with 115 and Apollo with 117. With just two runners, Henry did not have enough to get in the team scores — five finishers are needed.
In the girls’ race, Tenny Ostrem of Powell County won with a time of 19:06, and was closely followed by Elizabeth Miller of Daviess County in 19:08 and Elizabeth Anderson of dePunt Manual in 19:13. Daviess also won the girls’ race to sweep the meet with a meet-low 63 points, while Eastern was second with 84 and Brentwood (Tenn.) was next with 119.
Besides the high school races, the Greater Louisville Classic also hosted four college races throughout the day. Former HCHS runner Larry Farmer, the older brother of Travis who holds numerous school records as a graduate last spring, competed in the Blue 8,000-meter (five-mile) race for the smaller schools. The freshman finished 164th out of 272 runners for Brescia College, covering the course in a new personal record of 29:35.
Following the Greater Louisville, Henry is currently on a nine-day break from racing until a North Central Kentucky Conference meet in Owen County Oct. 14. The Cats’ next big meet will be the regional championships Nov. 8. The state meet will be held the following weekend at the Kentucky State Horse Park in Lexington.
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