If Coach Danny Simpson had known that several of his runners were going to fall ill last week, he wouldn’t have set such a rigorous schedule.
“Two meets in three days is too much, especially with sick runners,” said the coach. “This was not smart scheduling on my part.”
The Harrison County Invitational was held at the Cynthiana Country Club on Thursday with five girls’ teams, four boys’ teams and three middle school squads participating.
The meet was very tightly contested in the team scoring with the Fillies finishing third and the Breds fourth in the team scores.
The Breds were only one point out of third and only 25 points behind the winner Scott County. Scott County also won the girls’ competition edging Grant County for the No. 1 spot.
The Fillies were led by Erin Bradford who was seventh in 24:12 for the 5000M race. Caylin Mattox was 14th, Bailey Caudill 20th followed by Tamara Lunsford 21st, Kayla Joy 22nd, Chelsea Bowman 26th and Tabitha Iles 27th. Nava of Scott County won the girls’ run in 22:42.
The Thorobreds were without two of their top runners as Grant Carr and Joe Thomas were playing soccer.
Last year’s top runner Joey Faulconer was back though and in fine form as he finished fourth in 18:35.
Austin Short continued his improved running as he was sixth with Harry Smith 16th and Ross Smith 17th. Shane Palmer was the last Thorobred in the scoring as he was 26th of the 43-runner field.
Josh Getting, Travis Fry and Nathan Radford also ran but did not figure into the scoring.
Franzman of Pendleton County was the top runner in the boys’ race winning in 17:45 over the 5000M course.
Rachel Eckert led the Harrison County Middle School to victory over Pendleton County in the girls’ 3000M run.
The teams actually consisted of both middle and elementary runners as the next finisher for Harrison County was elementary runner Robin Roberts who was seventh. Samantha Wood was eighth, Jesse Petty ninth and Evie Barker was 10th to round out the scoring.
Will Marsh lead the boys with a fifth place finish followed by Daniel Craig (10th), Zachary Getting (13th) Jacob and Isaiah Brueggen (16th and 17th). The boys ran their way to a second place finish behind Grant County.
At Woodford County Saturday, the field was much larger and both the Fillies and the Breds finished well back in the field.
The runners, for the most part, posted better times than on Thursday but the competition was much stiffer on Saturday.
Bradford again led the Fillies with a 48th place finish on Saturday.
There were 74 runners in the girls’ field and while the girls’ finishing places were well behind where they finished on Thursday, they ran the course with better times.
The Fillies finished ninth overall in the nine-team event.
Faulconer took 45 seconds off his time from Thursday at Woodford County and finished 11th. Ross and Harry Smith, Shane Palmer and Josh Getting were the next four Harrison County runners to cross the finish line to tally the final score for the team. The Breds ended in 12th place in the 13-team field.
Harrison County Middle School did not have enough boys or girls to compete for the team title. Eckert led the girls with a 25th place finish of the 65 runners in the event.
Abby Cooper and Jesse Petty also ran the race for the Harrison County Middle School. The middle school boys had only two competitors as Will Marsh and Daniel Craig ran in the two mile event.
The elementary school team from Harrison County also did not have enough girls or boys for a team score. Both teams however, competed very well overall.
Robin Roberts led the girls followed by Evie Barker and Starr Hindbaugh. Zach Getting was 15th of the 121 runners in the elementary boys run. Thomas Morris was next for Harrison County in 28th followed by Christopher O’Neal and Corey Wagoner.
The next scheduled event for the Harrison County cross country runners is KTCCCA Meet of Champions this Saturday.