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Hancock County Meserve athletes compete in USATF Junior Olympics

Emmitt, Elias and Ellen Meserve at the USATF Junior Olympics at EP Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville.

USATF Junior Olympics

The USATF Junior Olympics National Championship was held in Louisville Saturday with more than 3,200 runners competing. Hancock County’s athletes Emmitt, Ellen and Elias Meserve all entered after qualifying through regional events.

Elias, a 3rd grader at NHES, was the first from the family to run. He competed in the 3,000 meter event for boys age 9-10. Elias completed the course in a time of 13 minutes, 29 seconds for 255th place out of 363.

Quotes from Coach/Father

“Elias was 21 seconds faster than the last time he ran on this course and was 10 seconds off his fastest 3k time this season. He ran a very strong race in muddy conditions,” his coach and father Wes Meserve said.

Ellen Meserve, a 6th grader at HCMS, was second to run in the girls 11-12 age group. She completed the 3,000 meter course in 12:34 for 196th place out of 410.

“Ellen ran a very strong race and also ran one of her fastest times. She’s continued to split her time between basketball and running, so I think she probably could have ran a little faster if she wasn’t doing multiple sports with divided attention.

Overall, I was really happy with how she did. She would have been top 10 with that kind of race every meet she ran this year during the regular season,” Wes said.

Emmitt, a freshman at HCHS, competed in the boys 13-14 age group. He ran 4,000 meters and completed the course in a time of 15:02 for 339th place out of 448.

“Emmitt ran a good time given the conditions, but it was nowhere near his best. We were hoping for a strong post-season to go with his strong regular season, but having Covid and then strep in November really broke up his training consistency.”

It was a good experience to run in a race like this. “To put his time in perspective, if he’d run this time at Daviess County’s Invitational he have placed 8th out of 126 kids.”

Intense Competition

“Every kid who ran on Saturday was a star for their school, area or state because they had to earn the right to run. It was a completely different level of competition Saturday. When you bring the best of the best from across most of North America together at one meet, it’s really fun to watch as a coach or fan it really pushes the athletes to do their best.”

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