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EHS shifts focus to Region 5

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By Tommie Kendall

After racing at the Meet of Champions at Masterson Station Park in Lexington on Saturday, the Eminence cross-country team has shifted its focus to the all-important Class A Region 5 Championship.

The regional meet, which will be held at the Trimble County Park this Saturday, has been the one race the Warriors have been aiming towards all season. In their final build-up race, they competed alongside thousands of runners in Lexington at the annual Meet of Champions. It’s one of the largest cross-country meets in Kentucky with more than 10 separate races.

The rain that swept through the area the night before left the course in less-than-ideal shape, turning the grass into nasty mud and leaving the runners slipping and sliding. Eminence’s coach, Scott McClamroch, said he was pleased with his runners but not with the setup of the race. It appeared that it was not suitable to host the number of teams that competed.

“I was pretty upset with the whole race setup,” McClamroch said. “We had a big problem with crowded issues. If the course wasn’t so sloppy, it might have been better though.”

To go along with high school and open races, the meet was also the official Kentucky state championship for both elementary and middle school runners — sixth grade and under is considered elementary, while middle school is seventh and eighth. McClamroch elected not to compete in those events, running his younger athletes in the open races instead.

In the boys’ elementary 3-kilometer (1.8 miles) open race, Luke Satterly finished sixth in 13 minutes 41 seconds, and Robert Wright finished 167th in 26:38. Satterly’s performance was the best for the Warriors during the day, which McClamroch was very pleased with.

In the girls’ elementary 3K open race, Sara Swanger placed 27th in 15:40, Brooklyne Moore placed 54th in 16:14, Lyndsay Craigmyle placed 156th in 20:59 and Kaili Ernst placed 168th in 22:58. McClamroch said Swanger was in around 72nd place just one mile into the race and went past more than 40 runners in less than a mile. Eminence also had one runner compete in the boys’ middle school 4K (2.5 miles) open race with Matthew Gilbert placing 105th in 20:34.

“There were no personal records but for the mud and course, I was very happy,” McClamroch said. “It wasn’t the most pleasant day but everyone on our team ran hard.”

The 5K (3.1 miles) varsity races were the final two to take to the course, which got progressively worse as the day went along. The three classes ran together in each race but the results were split into Class A, Class 2-A and Class 3-A results.

Alex Beckerson of Burgin finished sixth overall and was the first finisher in the boys’ Class A competition in 17:14. The freshman helped lead his team to the team title as well with 42 points. As for Eminence, senior Trey Hernandez placed 48th in 21:18 and sophomore Adam Case placed 66th in 32:17. Hernandez lost both shoes during the race, finishing barefooted.

In the girls’ varsity race, Kaitlin Snapp of Danville was first overall and first in the Class A division, crossing the finish line in 18:52. Walton-Verona won the team title with a meet-low 25 points. For Eminence, Shelby Potter finished 30th in 25:40 and Kelsie Craigmyle finished 42nd in 30:32. The Warriors were missing a few runners due to sickness.

Eminence is expected to run two in the boys’ race and four in the girls’ race at regional this Saturday, McClamroch said.

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