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Meserve’s break records at King & Queen of the West


Ellen and Emmitt Meserve pose for a photo with their medals and crowns after winning their respective races at the King & Queen of the West meet Saturday.


Eighth grader Emmitt Meserve broke another HCMS school record when he won the 3K middle school boys race during the King & Queen of the West cross country meet held at Christian County High School Saturday.

Meserve’s winning and new record time over 3,000 meters is nine minutes, 41 seconds. Meserve won by 23 seconds over Cayden Cline of Christian County.

Hancock County’s Henry Proctor placed third in the race with a time of 10:51. Proctor’s time was also better than the lowest recorded time at this distance. Forty-one runners competed.

“Emmitt went out very fast and opened the lead as the race progressed. Henry ran from behind and worked his way up. Both did a great job of playing to their strengths. It’s hard to express how exciting and fun it is to coach both Emmitt and Henry with how they are running this season,” HCHS coach Wes Meserve said.

Not to be outdone by her brother, 6th grader Ellen Meserve won the middle school girls race with an HCMS school record time of 11 minutes, 51 seconds over 3,000 meters.

“It looked like Ellen was going to run away with the race, but it was a lot closer than I wanted at the end,” the coach said. “She was 19 seconds ahead of second place at the mile (mark) and ended up only winning by .3 seconds. She ran a race like this at Elizabethtown last season and got out kicked in the homestretch. She learned from that experience and really dug deep to hold onto the win.”

Lyla DeJarnette placed 10th in 13:43 and Alyson Goodall was 19th in 14:43 as 41 runners competed.

“Lyla has continued to run very well. She and Aly both ran from behind and worked hard to break into the top 10 and top 20 respectively,” coach Meserve said.

“We ended our elementary and middle school seasons with several kids winning medals, most running new personal best times and a few broken records.”

Oonagh DeJarnette (5th grade) charged from behind and narrowly missed winning the girls 1K elementary race. She placed second in a time of 6:56.04.

“Oonagh worked hard for the win. She gave a very strong effort, but it was a little too late in the race to close the gap,” the coach said.

Mackenzie Davis of Foundation Christian Academy won in 6:55.19.

Elias Meserve (third grade) led Hancock County runners during the 1K elementary race. Elias placed third overall in a time of 6:42. Beckham DeJarnette was sixth in 6:55.

“Elias just couldn’t hang with the two 5th grade boys who finished in front of him,” the coach observed. They were too tall and more physically developed than him. But, he ran very strong over the last half of the race. He was the first kid under third grade to finish.

“Backham was outside the top 10, but kept chipping away. He was the first second grader to finish.”

Myron Reeves of Trigg County won in 6:12.

By Steve Wimmer

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