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Hancock County Cross country teams battle as Meserve wins middle school race

Henry Proctor, at left, and Emmitt Meserve pose with the prizes they won after competing at the Madisonville cross country meet Saturday.

The HCHS cross country teams raced in the Madisonville Classic Saturday at Madisonville. Middle school and elementary runners from Hancock County also competed.

“I expected our kids to struggle a little because our toughest workouts so far coincided with our hottest week in a long time,” HCHS coach Wes Meserve said. “But we aren’t training for every race, we’re training for region and state.”

Carolina Jones led the Lady Hornets varsity girls team with an 18th place finish. She completed the 5K course in 23 minutes, thirty-four seconds. Izzy Ross was 21st in 23:58, Addy Riggs was 55th in 30:56 and Alivia Bernardi 56th in 30:57.

The HCHS girls team was shorthanded with Juliana Nevitt and Sydney Weatherholt out sick. “Carolina and Izzy ran together for about 1/3 of the race. They’re both competitive girls who want to win and they have the potential to be a very tough 1-2 for us by post season,” the coach said. Emmie Underwood of Fort Campbell won in 20:00.

Hunter Stephens led the varsity boys by placing 37th in a time of 20:01. Noah Henson was 63rd in 21:26, Griffin DeJarnette 83rd in 22:45 and Max DeJarnette 88th in 23:26.

“Noah worked very hard to run with Hunter. As the season progresses I think he’ll be able to close the gap between them. Both of them are looking strong right now,” Meserve said. Daviess County’s Asher Alvey won in 16:52.

“Times weren’t as fast but they learned how to make it through 6 to 8 mile runs in high heat with humidity nearing 80%. And they still went our and ran hard in muddy conditions.

Middle school results
Emmitt Meserve took first place in the 2500 meter race for middle school boys. The eighth grader completed the course in a new HCMS record of 8:25 to win by four seconds over his nearest competitor. Henry Proctor, who also surpassed the previous best mark, was fifth in 8:46.

“Emmitt is really starting to find his way as a runner. He’s put in over 700 miles since January and I think that’s given him both the physical ability and mental toughness to be competitive this year,” coach Meserve said.

“Henry has a natural aptitude for running and he’s been working harder than I’ve ever seen him. I’m excited to see what he does when he gains more confidence and experience.”

Ellen Meserve led the HCMS girls with an 8th place finish in the 2500 meter race. Ellen finished in 10:44. Lyla DeJarnette was 19th in 12:07 and Alyson Goodall 37th in 13:15.

“Ellen ran well. She struggled a little at the end, but over it was a good race. There are a few things, primarily core strength that we need to work on improving,” the coach said.Audrey McCoy of Dawson Springs won in 10:01.

Elias Meserve placed second in the elementary boys event. He completed the 2500 meter course in a time of 10:51. Beckham DeJarnette was 12th in 11:49.

“Elias and Beckham were the only boys under 4th grade to finish in the top 12. They both ran very aggressively and looked strong throughout the race,” coach Meserve said. Myron Reeves of Trigg County won in 10:34.

Oonagh DeJarnette placed sixth in the elementary girls 2500 meter race. She finished in 12:49. “Oonagh looked a little timid early, but she gained confidence as the race progressed. She ran very well over the last half of the race.”
Sophia Lackore of Heritage Christian won in 11:44.

By Steve Wimmer

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