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By Lee Kendall

On Saturday the Harrison County High School cross country teams traveled to the Scott High Classic in Northern Kentucky. Harrison County coach Danny Simpson was pleased with his team’s performance, but expects to see some improvement in the near future.

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“Our varsity boys placed ninth in the team competition.  They ran solid races, but overall there wasn’t the improvement we expected,” said Simpson.

Ryan Puckett was a medal winner placing 10th in 18:03.  Michael May was 31st in 19:23, Brian Schimpler was 44th in 20:06, Wyatt Cramer had a personal best placing 59th in 21:30, Keenan Palmer was 61st in 21:45, and Tyler Hardin was 69th in 25:16.

“We had a couple runners out with injuries and our youngsters did a good job stepping up,” said Simpson. “We have a fine group of varsity runners and they’re running times comparable to last year, but we are looking for faster times and better finishes.”

He got the improvement he was looking for with the varsity girls.

Freshman  Ariel Thornberry ran a personal best of 25:20 finishing in 48th place. Her time is the 14th fastest ever run by a Harrison County girl.  Fellow freshman Kendra Arkenau also ran a personal best with a time of 35:18 placing 66th.

Simpson ran two boys in the J.V. race.

Tyler Smith (77th, 25:37) and Ethan King (83rd , 27:47)  both ran their best races of the year.

The HCMS boys had a tremendous race placing first in the middle school division.  They were led by medal winners Joe Thomas (7th, 12:45), Joey Faulkner (9th, 12:56), and Nathan Radford (10th, 13:01) in the 3200M race.

The middle school girls ran very well finishing fourth.  Jessica Alas (8th, 14:22) and Bailey Caudill (15th, 14:41) were medal winners.

Logan Wiley also was a medal winner (14th, 6:19) in the elementary one mile race.

“We had a good day, but I also see areas we must address,” said Simpson. “The course at Scott High is a maze and can be confusing. We must do a better job of going over the course and knowing where to run. Cross Country is a mental challenge as well as a physical one. Overall, though, we had a very good day and I’m happy with what I see.”

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Congratulations are in order for HCHS alum Luke Garnett. Luke, a junior at Georgetown College, was just named the Mid-South Conference Runner of the Week. Garnett, the son of Charlie and Dwyla Garnett of Leesburg, finished 32nd overall in the 91-man field of the Cedarville University Open Cross Country Invitational.

His time over the 8,000 meter course was 27 minutes, 24.65 seconds.

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The Harrison County Soccer Fillies scored quickly in both halves and came away with their fifth win of the season on Monday, defeating visiting Paris, 2-1.

Shelby Clifford was in the right spot at the right time barely four minutes into the game as she cleaned up a missed shot by Courtney Grannis to give the Fillies a 1-0 lead.

Harrison County extended that lead to 2-0 three minutes into the second half when Anastasia Hicks deftly lobbed a 25 footer over the keeper’s head from the right side into the upper left side of the goal.

Harrison County also got stellar play from keeper Tiffany Snider. Snider snuffed out a pair of Paris attempts from point blank range to preserve the victory for the Fillies.

Harrison County wraps up its regular season next week with a pair of road games. They travel to Madison Central next Tuesday and go back to Richmond on Thursday to take on Model.

Last night, Harrison County hosted Sayre in a varsity-only game on Senior Night. That game started at 7 p.m.

Harrison County will square off against Paris again in the opening round of the district tournament on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. at Bourbon County. The Fillies are the fourth seed in the five-team district.

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The Harrison County Thorobreds lost on Tuesday night to homestanding Scott County, 3-0. It was the third straight shutout suffered by the Breds an leaves their record for the year at 1-12-0.

On Saturday at home, they lost another close decision, losing to Sayre 1-0. Last week, they were edged by regional favorite Montgomery County 2-0.

Harrison County will be the fourth seed in the four-team district tournament that will be played at Bourbon County in two weeks. They will play top-seeded Montgomery County in the opening round of the tournament.