When Saturday morning arrives, the Henry County and Eminence cross country teams will be loading buses to take the short trip to Shelbyville to run in the Shelby County Invitational season openers for both squads in the second week of races across Kentucky.
The Shelby Invitational will offer elementary, middle school, junior varsity and varsity races on a challenging course located across the street from East Middle School. The annual meet features some of the top schools from around the area.
We had great team competition in all of our races last year and some outstanding individual performances, SCHS said in its race information form at www.ktccca.org. We expect the same competitive races this year.
In reverse order than typical meets, the girls varsity 5K race will start first at 9 a.m., followed by the boys varsity 5K race at 9:45. After the older and much faster runners finish their races, the girls and boys JV 5K race will start at 10:30, the girls middle school 3K race at 11:15, the boys middle school 3K race at 11:45, the girls elementary one-mile race at 12:15 and the boys elementary one-mile race at 12:45. The top 10 individuals in each race will receive trophies, while finishers 11 through 25 will receive medals and the top two teams will receive trophies.
For Henry County, this will be the start to a season that includes around 12 meets, accumulating with the Class 2A, Region Three Championships Nov. 8 and the KHSAA State Cross Country Championships Nov. 15. For most of the runners, the Shelby Invitational will be their first ever meet except for the unofficial Henry County Alumni Run last Thursday at Harry Hill Park. Key runners on this years squad includes junior Travis Farmer and freshman Cassey Fischer. The Wildcats are coached by Ricky Drawbaugh.
Meanwhile, Eminence will get a jump start to its unpredictable year with a roster full of newcomers with a promising future. The Warriors, who are coached by Scott McClamroch, are led by eighth grader Jesus Ramos and sophomore Candace Wells. The team will follow an 11-meet schedule, including the Class A, Region Five Championships and the state meet the final two weeks of the season.
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