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Meserves qualify for Junior Olympics

The Meserves represented Hancock County well again when they all qualified for the Junior Olympics during the national youth championships hosted by the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Saturday. The race was held at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville.

Ellen Meserve, a 6th grader, competed in the girls 11-12 year old division. Running for Team Kentucky, Ellen completed the 3000 meter course in a time of 12 minutes, 30 seconds for 61st place overall out of 268 competing. She was ninth among Kentucky runners and qualified for the Junior Olympics.

“Ellen went out very fast and they hurt her in the middle of the race, but she was able to hold on and run her second fastest time ever,” HCHS track and cross country coach Wes Meserve said. “Her first mile was 5:54. Her fastest mile on the track is 5:53 so she went out a lot harder than she or I expected. She fell off a little in the middle, but really picked it up over the final meters.

Emmitt Meserve (8th grade) was under the weather, but still managed to finish among the top 30 Kentucky runners and qualify for Junior Olympics. Emmitt competed in the boys 13-14 age group and finished the 4000 meter course in a time of 15 minutes, 35 seconds for 127th place overall. He was 17th among Kentucky runners.

“He tested positive for strep on Friday and only ran the race so that he could have a chance to qualify for Junior Olympics,” his dad and coach said. “He definitely wasn’t feeling his best and his time showed that, but he did what he needed to do to qualify.

“Even being sick, he was really disappointed with his performance because he had beaten several of the guys who finished in front of him earlier this year. He’s going to put this behind him and focus on Junior Olympics.”

Elias Meserve (3rd grade) ran in the boys 9-10 age group and place 132 in a time of 13 minutes, 50 seconds over 3000 meters. He was 22nd among Kentucky runners, which qualified him for the Junior Olympics.

“Elias was about 30 seconds off his best time this season, but he still did well as one of the youngest kids in his age group,” the coach said. “He wasn’t used to racing against that many very fast ids and I think that psyched him out a little at the beginning. But, he ran a strong second half of the race and made up a lot of ground.”

By Steve Wimmer

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