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Ross takes runner-up at regional, XC girls team places 3rd

The Hancock County High School girls cross country team placed third in the Class A, Region 2 meet held at Bardstown Saturday.  Eighth grader Isabella Ross led the team with a runner-up finish.
Izzy Ross completed the 5K course in a time of 22 minutes, three seconds. She crossed the finish line eight seconds behind the winner, Anna Grace Blythe of Metcalfe County.

“I was really excited that Izzy had her breakout race,” HCHS coach Wes Meserve said. “I can’t say I was entirely surprised, but she was definitely an unknown going into the meet.

“I’ve seen improvements in critical races, but I’m not sure I’ve ever had a girl go from being ranked so far back (17th) to finishing so high. She dropped 1:50 from her previous best 5K time. I’ve been telling Izzy since the first race this season that she’s faster than she thinks she is. Something just clicked for her this weekend and she didn’t hold back.”

Aly Voyles was next for HCHS, as the junior placed fourth in 22:33. Senior Della Nevitt was 15th in 23:33, and senior Erica Lindsey was 26th in 24:55. Juliana Nevitt was 32nd in 25:57, and Lauren Proctor was 33rd in 26:05.

“I really thought Aly or Della was going to win on Saturday because they’ve both been running great races and looking even better during workouts. They’ve both been very focused lately,” Meserve said. “As a team, we ran well. Most of the girls either ran a season best or were within a few seconds of their best time. The girls were excited to qualify for state meet for the team’s 24th consecutive year.”

Bethlehem won the regional team title with 58 points. Metcalfe was second with 69, followed by HCHS with 73, Edmonson and Green counties and finally Fort Knox.

Varsity boys results
Three Hornet runners competed as individuals on Saturday.

Freshman Jackson Turner led HCHS by placing 13th in 19:08.                                                                     Hunter Stephens, a 7th grader, was 37th in 21:23.                                                                                            Eighth grader Hayden Shearn was 47th in 22:17.

Logan Ballard of Bethlehem won the race with a time of 17:19. Bethlehem won the team title with 32 points. “I’ve been really proud of what the guys have done. We had five boys from last year’s team that didn’t come out for various reasons,” the coach said.  “I’ve never coached less than eight varsity boys that I can remember. With just three, and them being grades 7-9, this has been a different kind of season.  Our boys persevered and ended on a good note. Jackson qualified for state and both Hunter and Hayden ran season best times. This will be a fun group to build a team around as soon as we can get back to something that resembles normal.”

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