Hunter Stephens ran to victory in the South Spencer Cross Country Invitational at Rockport last Thursday. Both Hancock County teams took first place.
Stephens completed the 5K course in an impressive time of eighteen minutes, ten seconds. He crossed the finish line 44 seconds before the second place runner.
Emmitt Meserve was next for HCHS, placing fifth in 19:39. Noah Henson was sixth in 19:40, Griffin DeJarnette eighth in 20:25, Damion Basham ninth in 20:56, and Max DeJarnette 10th in 21:08.
“The boys are really starting to develop. They look like a team that wants to win,” HCHS coach Wes Meserve said. “With these boys all being underclassmen, we’re really training for the future.”
Lexus Ralph led the HCHS girls with a second place finish in a time of 21:58. She was 16 seconds off the pace of Emma DeWeese of South Spencer.
Izzy Ross was next for the Hornets, placing third in 22.22. Jayda Meserve was fifth in 26:35, Lyla DeJarnette sixth in 26:36, Juliana Nevitt seventh in 27:20 and Karissa Ralph ninth in 27:23.
“Overall, I was very pleased with our runners this past week. Over half of our kids ran either season or career best times,” coach Meserve said.
The HCHS cross country teams placed 10th and 14th respectively during the Mustang Stampede at Muhlenberg County Saturday.
Izzy Ross had a good run over the 5,000 meter course. Ross finished in a time of twenty-one minutes, twenty seconds for 15th place. Lexus Ralph was 33rd in 23:04, Preslee Meserve 60th in 25:47, Jayda Meserve 61st in 25:51, Karissa Ralph 73rd in 27:02, and Juliana Nevitt 87th in 28:15.
“Izzy now has the second fastest time in the region and Lexus is #6. The girls are looking strong individually. If we can ever get them all on the same page at the same race they’ll be a very tough team,” the coach said.
Morgan Kobylinski of Ohio County won in 19:28, while Daviess County claimed the team title with 35 points. Hancock County scored 186 points. Thirteen teams competed.
Emmitt Meserve was the first Hornet to cross the finish line in the boys 5K event. Meserve placed 67th with a time of 19:39. Noah Henson was 79th in 20:08, Griffin DeJarnette 97th in 21:11, Damion Basham 100th in 21:32, and Max DeJarnette 114th in 22:11.
Thomas Ashby of Apollo won in 15:42. Apollo won the team title with 46 points. Hancock County had 309 points. Seventeen teams competed.
Elias Meserve placed 14th in the boys 3K elementary race. His time was 13:19. Beckham DeJarnette was 20th in 13:52.
Oonagh DeJarnette placed 17th in the girls 3K elementary race. Her time was 15:22. Alyson Goodall was 32nd in 17:24.
Xander DeJarnette placed 111th in the boys 4K middle school race in 24:03. Trevor Ralph was 117th in 28:02, and Talon Singleton 123rd in 1:17:40.
Ellen Meserve took first place in the 1K race at Yellow Creek Park Tuesday. Her time was 4:27.
Elias Meserve was first among second graders with a time of 4:37. Beckham DeJarnette was third in 4:58 and Oonagh DeJarnette ninth in 5:10. Alyson Goodall was 10th in 5:17.
By Steve Wimmer