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Last Tuesday’s cross county meet at Gallatin County was nothing more than a glorified practice for the Henry County squad that is currently aiming towards the Greater Louisville Classic Oct. 4, head coach Ricky Drawbaugh said. But a day after the Cats had a tough practice, they were still able to put together a solid race on the hilly layout.
Cassey Fischer once again led the girls’ team with a third-place finish in 22 minutes, 37 seconds over the 5,000-meter course located by the Kentucky Speedway, while Timmy Torrey led the boys’ team with a 10th-place finish in 21:13. In the boys’ team standings, the Wildcats placed fifth with 110 points, behind Williamstown (46), Trimble County (51), Walton-Verona (56) and Carroll (81). Meanwhile, the Ladycats did not have enough runners to get a team score — five finishers are needed.
“Our times are always about one minute slower at Gallatin, and that is about what our times were this year,” Drawbaugh said. “That is good considering we ran hard on Monday. We ran this race as a glorified practice, so I did not have many expectations other than getting racing experience.”
Owen County’s Danielle Hoop, who is ranked fourth among Class A runners in Kentucky according to the newest rankings released by www.KYtrackXC.com, won the girls’ race in 21:47, outdistancing herself from both Trimble’s Jessica Cooley (22:29) and Fischer. The next Henry finishers were Cathryn Fischer in eighth (24:15), Deanna Mensing in 34th (30:27) and Alexa King in 35th (30:41) to round out the four-person squad.
In the boys’ competition, Walton-Verona’s Trevin Peterson won in 18:49. For Henry, Torrey was followed across the finish line with teammates Jarred Singleton in 22nd (23:18), Jacob Bratton in 31st (26:29), Timothy Ashby in 36th (29:26) and Chandler McCleasky in 37th (30:02).
The Wildcats’ top runner, Travis Farmer, is still suffering from a knee injury, which has sidelined him during the previous three meets. Farmer started training again Monday with light jogging and is expected back when the Cats travel to Tom Sawyer Park for the Greater Louisville. The all-day meet, which will also include college races, should draw some of the top teams and individuals from across the state.
“The season is continuing to progress well,” Drawbaugh said. “Coach (Greg) Woods and I hope to see a big improvement when we go to Greater Louisville in a couple of weeks. We are having a couple of weeks of intense training.”
Boys’ varsity (5K): Timmy Torrey, 10th, 21:13; Jarred Singleton, 22nd, 23:18; Jacob Bratton, 31st, 26:29; Timothy Ashby, 36th, 29:26; Chandler McCleasky, 37th, 29:44. Girls’ varsity (5K): Cassey Fischer, 3rd, 22:37; Cathryn Fischer, 8th, 24:15; Deanna Mensing, 34th, 30:27; Alexa King, 35th, 30:41. Boys’ middle school (3K): Zach Hinkel, 12th, 13:39; Coleton Anezsko, 16th, 14:20; Joseph Fischer, 21st, 15:45; Nicolas Riggins, 22nd, 15:47. Girls’ middle school (3K): Kathrine Buckler, 7th, 15:54; Destiny Crawford, 8th, 16:37; Lily Golden, 13th, 18:45; Sydney Roberts, 16th, 20:13; Bryanna Imel, 21st, 26:33.