The HCHS girls cross country team placed 17th in the Class 1A State Cross Country Championships held at Bourbon County Park in Paris, KY Saturday.
HCHS coach Wes Meserve said that the course was the muddiest he’d ever seen and that the weather definitely had an impact on how his team performed.
“I was pleased with how our runners did given the conditions, but I was really looking for (the girls) team to be in the top 10.”
Izzy Ross led Hancock County with a 41st place finish in the 5,000 meter race. The 8th grader’s time was 22:41. The winner was senior Claire Curtsinger of Bishop Brossart, who crossed the finish line in a time of 19:39. “Izzy went out a little hard and I think the meet and weather overwhelmed her a little,” Meserve said. “The more she races the more she’ll become comfortable in these type of meets.”
Carolina Jones was next for HCHS as the 7th grader placed 73rd in 23:34. Aly Voyles was 89th in 23:55, followed by Lexus Ralph at 108th in 24:43 and Juliana Nevitt 176th in 27:36.
“Carolina continues to impress me. She’s really finding her potential and not holding back. She has a lot of grit and perseverance.”
Lexington Christian (108 points) won the team title in a close match with Villa Madonna (112 points).
“I did see a lot of positives that we’ll be able to build on moving forward. I left the meet feeling very optimistic about the future of the program.” Meserve said.
Nolan DeJarnette qualified for state as an individual and the senior placed 107th out of 265 runners in a time of 20:22. Natnael Weldemichael of Beechwood won in 16:59.
“Nolan was our only runner for the boys team. I thought Nolan ran very aggressively and had a good showing. It was a great way to end his cross country career,” the coach said.
Hunter Stephens qualified but could not run due to a stress fracture in his leg.
By Steve Wimmer