By Tommie Kendall
At a weekly North Central Kentucky Conference meet last Tuesday afternoon, the Henry County cross country team came away with its best placing this season.
Brittany Crawford won the girls' varsity race and led the Ladycats to first in the team competition, while Larry Farmer won the boys' race and led the Wildcats to second, behind Trimble County.
"Overall, it was a good meet for us," coach Ricky Drawbaugh said of the Carroll County middle school and varsity races. "We are still working on our mental toughness, and learning how to fight through pain."
In the girls' varsity 5,000-meter race, teammates Brittany Crawford and Cassey Fischer ran together for much of the race. Crawford was the first to cross the finish line in 22 minutes, 42 seconds, with Fischer finishing three seconds later.
Williamstown's Katie Butler placed third in 23:08 and Henry County's Cathryn Fischer, a sixth grader, placed fourth in a personal best 23:47 to give Henry County one-two-four individual finishes in the race.
Brittany Brown and Miranda Hawkins rounded out the five-person Ladycat squad in 13th and 19th places, running the course in 26:09 and 28:31.
The Ladycats scored 27 total points for the team win, with Owen County in second place with 59 points, Gallatin County in third place with 59 points and Carroll in fourth with 67.
Shortly after the girls finished, the boys were taking their marks on the start line. Henry County's Larry Farmer went to the front as soon as the runners sprinted off the line, and cruised in for the 19:08 victory.
Mike Beavin placed fourth for the Wildcats in 20:09, with Cody Reece taking ninth in 20:47, Travis Farmer 14th in 21:12, Brandon Goodwin 19th in 22:08 and Timothy Ashby 41st in 25:56.
The Wildcats ended the race with 40 points, eight points behind winner Trimble County. Williamstown had 67 points for third, Carroll County had 76 points and Eminence had 136.
The Cats also had three runners competing in the 2,400-meter middle school races. Katherine Buckler placed seventh in the girls' competition in 14:39, Joseph Fischer placed 11th in the boys' competition in 13:50 and Nick James placed 15th in 16:00.
Henry will be back in action this Saturday when they compete at the Hillbilly Run, hosted by Nelson County High School. It will be the Cats first trip to Nelson County, where the course is supposed to be flat and fast, Drawbaugh said.
"I would consider this a big meet. They've had up to 42 teams before," Drawbaugh said. "I want a good, strong showing from our team."
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