Without enough runners to get in the team standings, the Henry County cross-country squad ran as individuals at the annual North Central Kentucky Conference Championships, which were hosted by Williamstown High School Oct. 18 on a challenging course.
In the varsity races, seventh-grader Cathryn Fischer led the Ladycats for the first time this season with a fifth-place outing, while junior Travis Farmer is recovering from a few injuries but still paced the Wildcats in 24th. It takes five individuals in each race to get in the team results, which were swept by Walton-Verona this year.
Up front in the girls’ varsity competition, Danielle Hoop of Owen County crossed the finish line first, covering the 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) race in 21 minutes, 22 seconds. She was followed by Madison Peace of Walton-Verona in 22:06 and Jessica Cooley of Trimble Counyy in 22:13. As for Henry, Cathryn Fischer finished fifth in 22:27, her older sister Cassey — who has been the top runner for Henry all season — finished eighth in 22:46 and Alexa King finished 24th in 28:40.
Henry’s coach, Ricky Drawbaugh, said Cathryn “ran a great race,” while her older sister “had a harder time on the hilly course” but still “finished the race strong.” King’s time was about the same as it was all season, which was a good race for the tough course, Drawbaugh added.
In the boys’ race, Jacob McIntrye of Walton-Verona won in 17:54, and was followed by Taylor Ball of Trimble County in 18:43 and Trevin Peterson of Walton-Verona in 18:52. For Henry, Farmer placed 24th in 22:07 and senior Timothy Ashby placed 35th in 29:54.
“Farmer is still trying to get back into shape and had a difficult time on the hilly course,” Drawbaugh said of the junior who has had knee problems this season and recently started back training and racing after a long layoff.
Also, Henry had four runners compete in the girls’ middle school 2-mile race, and three runners compete in the boys’ middle school 2-mile race. Destiny Crawford placed fourth in 17:36, Katherine Buckler placed eighth in 18:05, Sydney Roberts placed 13th in 20:39 and Lily Golden placed 15th in 21:18, while Jacob Bratton placed 13th in 17:03, Coleton Anezsko placed 21st in 18:08 and Nicolas Riggins placed 23rd in 18:42. For the middle school and elementary runners, it was the end to the season.
“I want to congratulate those runners on a good season,” Drawbaugh said of his youngsters. “They all had a great race with really good times.”
While the younger runners ended their season, the varsity team was back in action this past Saturday at the DeSales Invitational. Cassey Fischer rebounded from the NCKC race to lead the Ladycats with a third-place finish in 20:47. The only two runners the freshman trailed were Caitlin Beyea of North Oldham in 20:10 and Christina Shawver of Spencer County in 20:30. Her sister, Cathryn, finished sixth in 21:49.
Henry also had three runners in the boys’ varsity race. Farmer finished 50th in 20:20, sixth-grader Jacob Bratton finished 67th in 23:02 and Ashby finished 74th in 26:20.
Henry’s regional-championship meet will be held Nov. 8, while the KHSAA State Championships will be held the following weekend. The top teams and individuals from each region — based on the number of entrants — will advance to state.
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