Henry County High School sophomore Josh Logsdon competed in his first state cross country meet on Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park and finished the Class 2A meet in the middle of the pack at 135th out of 215 runners. Logsdon’s time was 19:14 on the moderately difficult state meet 5k course.
Logsdon set a personal record by 30 seconds last week at the very easy regional course at Champions Park in Louisville. That course had no hills to speak of and fewer sharp turns than the Horse Park that has several long, gradual inclines. The Horse Park course is not known for yielding many personal bests.
With two years more to improve, coach Ricky Drawbaugh saw this as a good chance for Logsdon to gain experience.
“I thought Josh ran well Saturday,” Drawbaugh said. “We planned for him to run with DeSales’ top runner so he could try to PR. Josh went out and stayed with him for the first two miles and then started to fall back.
“This year we had to train to peak at regional to get to the state meet. Next year, if we are confident that Josh will make it to state, we can try and (set a personal record) at state. This year was also about experience for Josh so that next year he will not be as nervous going into the race.”
Jay Solinger of Collins, who also won the regional meet at Champions Park, won the state title with a time of 16:24. Ethan Shuley of Highlands, who led for the first half of the race, finished second in a time of 16:33.
North Oldham won the team title with a score of 53 points while Covington Catholic finished second with 69 points.
In the girls’ 2A race Gabriella Karas of Collins made it a double for the school by winning in a time of 17:39. Her time was the best of the day by any girl in any class by a whopping 30 seconds.
Highlands won the girls’ team title with 76 points while Christian Academy from Henry County’s region finished runner-up with 152 points and North Oldham finished third with 176 points. Collins finished fifth, proving once again that Region 3 is the toughest region in Class 2A.