HCHS athletes competed in the King & Queen of the West cross country meet at Christian County High School Saturday.
Izzy Ross led all Hancock County girls while placing fourth overall in the 5K race. Ross finished with a time of 22 minutes, 16 seconds. Juliana Nevitt was 20th in 26:42 and Alivia Bernardi was 21st in 26:47.
Ross and Nevitt both earned medals while Bernardi was just one spot out of a medal after a running a very strong race.
“Izzy ran probably her best race of the season from a strategy standpoint,” HCHS coach Wes Meserve said. “I’ve told her for years that she needs to go out a little slower so she’s not too tired in the later stages of the race. She did that today.
“She was sixth at the mile (mark), fifth at the two mile (mark) and ended up fourth. She looked very strong and confident throughout the race. I was very proud of her.
“Juliana and Alivia both ran very hard today. I can’t remember ever seeing more heart and determination from them. The girls had a very positive race as we prepare for region next weekend.”
Leading the way for the Hornet boys
Leading the way for the Hornet boys was Hunter Stephens, who completed the 5K course in a time of 18 minutes, 59 seconds to place eighth. Noah Henson was just a few seconds back in ninth place in 19:04. Griffin DeJarnette was 32nd in 21:40 and Max DeJarnette 35th in 22:17.
Both Stephens and Henson earned medals for their respective performances.
“Hunter and Noah ran the way we’ve been working on all season. For the first three miles they were never more than half a second apart. At some points Hunter led and at others Noah led. It was a solid race for both boys,” the coach said.
“Griffin and Max both struggled a little today. They both have been working hard all season and have a lot of potential. I’m sure they’ll be ready to do their part for the team next weekend.”
Jacob Dockery of Warren East won in 17:38.
Hancock County will compete in the Class A, Region 2 meet at Ephraim White Park in Bowling Green Saturday.
By Steve Wimmer