Berea meet finds Harrison Co. short of runners

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By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County cross country team traveled to Berea Saturday with what turned out to be a partial squad at best as several of the teams’ runners were not able to compete for one reason or another.  
The runners who were able to participate did well for themselves as they each performed nicely, according to Coach Danny Simpson.  
“Our student athletes have other commitments from time to time,” he said. “But that is just an opportunity for others to step up and show what they can do.”  
Brook Frederick, who has been the most consistent runner for the Fillies’ varsity, was the lone varsity girl in the meet this Saturday.  
She had her best race of the season finishing the 5000M run in 25:44, which was 31st place. The winner of the varsity race for the girls was Nnoromele of Richmond Model in 21:11.
The varsity boys competed without their three top runners, but still finished ninth in the team competition.  
Freshman Ross Smith medaled finishing 23rd in 19:22.  
Steady Austin Short was 26th, Harry Smith 34th, Nathan Radford 78th and Josh Getting 79th to round out the Thorobreds scoring.  
Fields of Madison Central won the 5000M event in 17:42.
Rachel Eckert had a spectacular 4000M race for the middle school girls finishing ninth in 18:38.  
She was backed up by Abby Cooper who finished 28th and Jesse Petty who was 35th. The winner was from Beaumont Middle School who finished in 16:47.
Will Marsh was the pace setter for the middle school boys as he toured the 4000M course in 17:20. Daniel Craig also ran for the middle school and finished 35th.  
The elementary girls’ team finished fifth only five points out of fourth in the 1600M sixth grade and under event.  Robin Roberts was the first Harrison County runner across the line finishing in 13th place in a time of 8:20.  She was followed closely by Evie Barker (15th), Evie Hindbaugh (19th), Mackenzie Mosig and Anna Moran.  
Johnson of Bourbon County won the race in 7:25.  
Thomas Morris, Zach Getting and Jonah Case competed for the elementary boys, but did not compile a team score.  
“I like the effort that we are getting in the races,” beamed Coach Simpson. “We are getting stronger and in better condition. We are halfway through the schedule and we must keep our focus and compete.”
The next event for the runners is the Capital View Classic in Frankfort on Saturday.