Cross country finishes regular season

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By Mike Aldridge

Harrison County’s Cross Country teams finished the season Saturday in a meet that had a most unusual format.  
In the KTCCCA Meet of Champions at Masterson Station Park, each team member ran in his or her grade level instead of running all in one group.  
“I was happy with the results,” said Coach Danny Simpson. “There were some big, tough races, but we had some of our best times of the year.”  
For the boys, Keenan Palmer was 65th in the senior race, Jacob Marsh medaled at 33rd place in the junior competition, while Ethan King was 100th with one of his better performances of the year.  
The sophomore group had Damon King placing 71st in 21:26 for the 5000M while freshman Nathan Radford was 58th in 20:25 for the same distance.  
The girls were also successful as they medaled in three of the four races as they were only entered in three. Senior Chelsee Mattox took 44th for her medal in the oldest class.  Bailey Caudill was 38th to medal in the sophomores with Alexis Roberts coming in 52nd.  The freshman race had Erin Bradford grabbing a medal for the 36th place finish.  
The middle school races were like their state championship and the Harrison County runners did well.  
“We should have prepared better for the longer races,” noted Simpson. “Our young athletes gave great efforts in these races, which were longer than our normal distances.”  
Amelia Bolin led the way for the Harrison County squad as she has done all year. She finished 32nd of 389 runners, less than three minutes behind the winner.
Wiley Caudill was the first Harrison County middle school boy to finish as he finished 273rd of the 457 runners.    
The sixth grade girls finished 23rd of 42 teams in their competition led by Rachel Eckert (90th) and Callie Powell (95th).
There were 374 runners in this race.
Matthew Fugate led the sixth grade boys with a 120th place finish in the 397 runner competition.  
“I really like our team,” admitted Simpson. “We are running at our best right now.  If we can take another step, we’ll have an opportunity to qualify some runners for state.”  
The regional meet is this Saturday, Nov. 6, at Devou Park in Covington. This is a very difficult region.
The favorite in the boys’ competition is Lexington Catholic with challenges from the host school, Covington Catholic and perhaps Pendleton County.  
The girls’ meet isn’t as well defined as to who the favorite is as Lloyd, Highlands, Franklin County and Lexington Catholic are all in the running.  
“We must stay healthy to have a chance to send runners to the state meet,” said Simpson. “This is a very strong field.”
 Admission for the event is $3 for adults and $2 for students.