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In Henry County’s season opener Saturday afternoon, Brittany Crawford and Travis Farmer both earned third-place finishers at the Mason-Dixon Games — which also served as the Kentucky Indoor State Track and Field Championships — and the Henry girls finished 16th in the team standings while the boys finished 22nd.
For first-year head coach Jacob Crowe, it was just the start he was looking for although he admitted this squad still has a long way to go before the outdoor season rolls around. When his Cats left Broadbent Arena in Louisville, he was pleased.
“The purpose of this meet was to get our athletes to compete and see what kind of shape we’re in,” said Crowe, whose roster was made up of seniors all the way down to sixth graders against teams that were typically varsity only. “We’re young and rare but have a lot of athletes. I was happy with the results.”
This year’s Mason-Dixon Games was also the official state indoor championships, which split the meet into three separate classes: Class A, Class 2-A and Class 3-A. Henry competed in 2-A for schools with an enrollment between 611 to 1,024 students. Unlike the outdoor championships — held in late May — there was no qualifying process with each Kentucky high school eligible to enter one athlete per event and one relay.
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