Golden finishes 3rd, Buckler 8th in NCKC Championships

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By Greg Woods

A pair of cousins on the Henry County cross country team are carrying on the family tradition.


At the NCKC Championships on Oct. 9, eighth grader Lilly Golden finished 3rd in the girls’ 5k race. Her cousin, junior Cathryn Fischer, finished 11th.

Seventh grader Katherine Buckler finished 8th, giving the girls team three all-conference finishers.

Golden’s mother, and Fischer’s aunt, Sarah Fischer Golden was a top runner for the Wildcats in the 1990s. Golden’s cousin, and Cathryn Fischer’s sister, Cassie was one of the top runners in the state for the Cats for several years prior to her graduation this year.

Golden has been running a mixture of middle school and varsity races over the last two years, and last Tuesday’s event was just her 7th 5k-varsity race. Buckler was making only her fourth appearance as a varsity runner.

In the boys’ race, John Bates showed marked improvement as he lowered his personal record for a third consecutive meet. His personal record has dropped by more than two minutes over the past two weeks. Bates’ finished 13th, missing the all-conference team by just one place. Bates’ performance was made even more impressive by the difficult, hilly Owen County course that despite modifications from its previously treacherous difficulty, is still the toughest in the North Central Kentucky Conference.

 “We are starting to gear up for the rest of the season, so we had a hard workout Monday morning, then they raced Tuesday at the conference championships Tuesday evening,” Coach Victoria Michels said. “As far as performance, all the girls did great. Micah Lineman had to pull out with hip soreness.  Lilly looked strong and Katherine Buckler did wonderful considering that it was just her fourth 5k and she’s a 7th grader. Cathryn Fischer hung in there and medaled. The boys ran superb, especially considering how hard their practice was on Monday and how hard the course was. John’s personal record was fairly significant and the other boys’ times give me high hopes for the rest of the season.

Madison Peace of Walton-Verona won the girls race in a time of 21:56 and Hunter Trenary of Owen County was the boys’ champion with a time of 16:47. Both runners look to be top contenders in the Class A state meet in early November.


Girls’ 5k

3rd Lilly Golden, 22:59; 8th Katherine Buckler, 24:38; 11th Cathryn Fischer, 27:38; Micah Lineman DNF, injury

Boys’ 5k

13th John Bates, 19:31(PR); 21st place;  Austin Payton, 20:55; 22nd Cole Wilson, 21:01; 25th Eddie Jones, 21:28; 26th Josh Logsdon, 21:47; 27th Chase Slone, 21:52; 28th Brandon Handley, 21:58

Renaissance Run

On Saturday, the cross country Cats hosted the second annual Renaissance Run Invitational at the Highlands Renaissance Park in Eminence.

It was a chance for many of the teams in the Cats’ region to race on the course that will host the Class AA Region 4 meet in early November. For Henry County’s middle school and elementary runners it was their season finale.

The Eminence Warriors also competed in the meet with several middle school runners in just their second 4k middle school meet.

The best finish of the day for Henry County runners belonged to 4th grader Keegan Kurtz who finished third in a strong elementary boys field with a personal record time of 11:41 in the 3k race. Fifth grader Isaac Logsdon also medaled with a 20th place finish.

In the girls’ elementary race 4th grader Kaya Landers medaled by finishing in 21st position.

In the girls’ middle school race Lilly Golden, Katherine Buckler and Grace Golden all medaled, finishing in the top 25. Lilly was 6th overall and Buckler was 10th. They both had season best times on the day. Grace finished 21st and set a personal record.

The Warriors were led in this race by Tavenna West who finished 35th with a time of 21:17. Madison Dokter ran a season best time of 23:00 and Trinity Durrett set a personal record with 23:22.

The Henry County boys’ middle school team also had three medalists. Finishing in 6th place was Brandon Handley with a personal record of 15:52. Sixth grader Andrew Landers finished in 12th with a personal record of 16:56 and Landon Morgan finished in 23rd place with a personal record of 18:24.

For Eminence, Sammy Roberts finished the race with a time of 25:31.

In the girls’ junior varsity race, Eminence’s Gabrielle Pittman finished with a time of 49:15.

In the boys junior varsity race, Cameron Morgan medaled with a time of 21:11, good for 20th place.

The girls varsity race featured a strong field that was led by Mercy Academy’s Brianna Wolken who finished in 20:15. Mercy took the team crown as well.

For Henry County, Micah Lineman led the way finishing in 25:16. Cathryn Fischer finished in 25:53 and Izzy Miller registered a time of 26:04.

The young Wildcat varsity team found the going tough in a strong field as most of the boys helped out with meet all day. “I was proud of the effort our kids put in at the Renaissance Run,” Coach Ricky Drawbaugh said. “Our kids were asked to help all day in running the meet and did not get to rest. Their times were good considering that they were on their feet all day helping with the meet.”

Bullitt East won the boys meet while Owen County’s Hunter Trenary took individual honors finishing in 16:34.

The Cats were led by Austin Payton in a time of 20:31. Payton’s time was just 2 seconds off his personal record despite the days’ work helping the coaches. Freshman Josh Logsdon was within 30 seconds of his personal record as he finished 3rd for the Cats.

Renaissance Run Results

Girls Elementary 3k

21 Kaya Landers, HC, 15:36 (PR)

Boys Elementary 3k

3 Keegan Kurtz, HC, 11:41 (PR); 20  Isaac Logsdon, HC, 12:41 (PR); 44 Bo Kasten HC 15:22 (PR); 51 Mason Buckley, ??, 17:02 (PR)

Girls Middle School 4k

6 Lilly Golden, HC, 18:04 (SB); 10 Katherine Buckler, HC, 18:33 (SB); 21 Grace Golden, HC, 19:06 (PR); 35 Tavenna West, EMS, 21:17; 40 Madison Doktor, EMS, 23:00 (SB); 41 Trinity Durrett, EMS, 23:22 (PR); 44 Tabitha Meacham, EMS, 26:45

Boys Middle School 4k

6 Brandon Handley, HC, 15:52 (PR); 12 Andrew Landers, HC, 16:56 (PR); 23 Landon Morgan, HC, 18:24 (PR); 47 Anthony Simpson, HC, 24:29 (PR); 48 Sammy Roberts, EMS, 25:31

Girls JV

17 Gabrielle Pittman, EMS,  49:15

Boys JV

20 Cameron Morgan, HC, 21:11

Girls Varsity 5k

31 Micah Lineman, HC, 25:16; 36 Cathryn Fischer, HC, 25:53; 38 Izzabelle Miller, HC, 26:04

Boys Varsity 5k

42 Austin Payton, HC, 20:31; 45 John Bates, HC, 20:47; 47 Josh Logsdon, HC, 20:52; 49 Jesse Mann, HC, 21:04; 51 Chase Slone, HC, 21:23; 53 Cole Wilson, HC, 21:44; 57 Eddie Jones, HC, 22:48