Eminence’s cross-country coach Scott McClamroch was very pleased with the new regional course and his runners at the Trimble County Invitational on Saturday, he said as the Warriors prepare to race on the same course in two weeks.
The grassy layout is inside the Trimble County Park, located a mile away from the high school. After traveling to Lexington this Saturday to participate in the Meet of Champions, the Warriors will be back at Trimble for their regional championship on Nov. 7. The top four teams in each varsity race qualify for the state meet on Nov. 14, along with the top-five individuals not on a qualifying team.
“It was a very, very nice course. I was impressed with the whole setup: the course, the facility, the area for awards,” McClamroch said. “Like everywhere else, it was muddy and nasty on Saturday but I think it’s going to be a great regional course. It is obviously fast.”
In one of the final races of the regular season, the Trimble Invitational hosted eight races that included elementary, middle school, junior varsity and varsity. Eminence’s top finisher came in the boys’ elementary 3-kilometer (1.8 miles) race when fifth-grader Luke Satterly placed second in 12 minutes, 29 seconds. The youngster led almost the whole race but was passed in the final stretch to finish runner-up behind Brennan Kunkel of Trimble County in 12:25. It was a personal record for Satterly. McClamroch said he was very happy with the performance.
Eminence had no runners in the boys’ varsity race. Trey Hernandez missed the meet and Adam Chase was moved to JV. Chase, a freshman who just started running this fall, finished ninth in 28:49 over the 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) course. It was a PR by more than five minutes.
In the girls’ varsity 5K race, Eminence had three runners. Kaitlin Snapp of Danville won the race in 18:07, Danielle Hoop of Owen County was second in 18:51 and Maddox Patteson of Sayre was third in 19:16. As for Eminence, Shelby Patter was 32nd in 24:50, Candace Wells was 36th in 29:54 and Kelsie Craigmyle was 37th in 29:59. McClamroch was especially pleased with Potter, who was three minutes faster than her race at South Oldham the previous weekend.
“I think she can probably improve another minute on the same course with good weather,” McClamroch said of the freshman. “Most of the regional teams were there and I think she would have been the seventh or eighth individual qualifier so she is right there. It’s going to be close. She does have a realistic shot at qualifying for state.”
Wells ran a solid race to get under 30 minutes, McClamroch said, and Craigmyle finished with a PR. The Warriors were without a few runners because of the ACT scheduled on the same day and injuries.
With just one regular-season meet remaining before the regional championship and, possibly, the state meet, the Warriors are gearing down for a strong final stretch.
“The Trimble meet really got them excited and it’s a good way to start winding down our season,” McClamroch said. “With the windy and cold weather, I was surprised at how well everyone ran. Now, we’re just trying to get ready for region.”
The Warriors will be at Meet of Champions at Masterson Station Park in Lexington this weekend then back to the Trimble County Park for the regional championship on Nov. 7. The state meet is the following weekend.
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