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It’s one of the biggest meets each cross country season. The Rumble in the Jungle at North Oldham draws some of the top runners and teams from around the state.
Against some of those top runners, the Henry County cross country team turned in performances that pleased their coaches.
“We had several runners set personal bests in this meet. Some by as much as a minute or more,” coach Victoria Michels said.
The young Cats boys’ team had four personal records, with sophomore Jeston Mann leading the way finishing in 20:25. Freshman Seth Amiott was second with a PR of 20:30 followed closely by sophomore Austin Payton, who set a personal record, finishing in 20:31. Junior Ethan Smith was Henry’s fourth finisher with a personal record of 21:45.
Sophomore Jonathan Bates, who sat out most of last season with a foot injury, finished fifth for the Cats in 22:03, Eddie Jones was next with a time of 22:37 and freshman Cameron Morgan ran the 5k course in 25:19.
“We are really proud of Jeston for going out and leading our boys’ pack,” Michels said. “We have high hopes for all of our high school boys, but the fact that they are running so close together is really exciting.”
In the girls’ race, Cathryn Fischer led the way for the Cats with a time of 25:01. The Cats only other varsity girl in the meet was freshman Micah Lineman who finished in 25:16. Fischer, who has battled a hip injury for the last two years, appeared to run more comfortably than in past meets, which bodes well for her future.
“Both girls ran two to three minutes faster than they did in the last meet which is very exciting,” Michels said
St. Xavier won the boys team event with a dominating performance. The Tigers scored 34 points in the 23-team field. Host North Oldham finished 2nd with 51 points. The Wildcats finished 21st with 554 points.
The Cats were missing junior Chase Slone and senior Matt Petree who were taking the ACT, freshman Cole Wilson who was out with a leg injury and freshman Josh Logsdon who missed for family reasons.
“We have a lot of guys who are very close and this makes for good competition for varsity spots which will only help us in the future,” Michels said. “We are not even close to peeking as a team yet.”
Oldham County won the girls’ meet with 33 points and Assumption was second with 65.
NCKC meet at Carroll
Treating an NCKC race like practice, the Henry County boys’ team ran primarily as a pack.
Coach Ricky Drawbaugh said that the Cats looked at the meet as a glorified practice because the team is focusing on the Saturday invitationals and on the conference and regional championships.
The boys’ team ran mostly as pack and their times were: Chase Slone 24:00.04; Matt Petree 25:03.94; Jesse Mann 25:04.40; Austin Payon 25:08; Josh Logsdon 25:09.87; Seth Amiott 25:15.09; John Bates 25:16.61; Charles Taylor 25:19.01; Brandon Handley 25:24.40; Connor Finley 26:16.25; Cameron Morgan 26:19.90; and Dale Davis 34:18.40
In the girls’ race the times were: Kathrine Buckler 24:43; Cathryn Fischer 27:53; Lily Golden 27:54; Sydney Amyx 28:02; and Sarah Finley 28:06.
In the boys’ junior varsity race, which consisted of mostly middle school and elementary runners, sixth grader Andrew Landers finished 1st with a time of 14:29 over the 3,200-meter course. Fifth grader Isaac Logsdon was 4th with 15:38; Fourth grader Keegan Kurtz was 8th with 16:02; Seventh grader Landon Morgan was 11th with 16:32; Second grader Payton Amyx was 16 with 19:21; Bo Kasten was 18th with 21:11; Seventh grader Tyler Crouch was 20th with 21:12; Seventh grader Brandon Davis was 21st with 21:58; Anthony Simpson was 23rd with 25:04; and Fourth grader Mason Buckley was 24th with 25:05.
In the girls junior varsity race, fifth grader Grace Golden was 3rd with 16:00; and third grader Kaya Landers was 12th in 22:03.