By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
Runners from four Madison County schools had good showings Saturday in the KHSAA State Cross Country Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park.
In the team competition, Madison Central Indians had a great day, finishing 5th in the 31-team Class 3A race —the school’s highest ever finish in a state meet — despite battling extremely windy conditions.
The Lady Indians also turned in a Top-10 performance, finishing ninth out of 29 teams in the Class 3A competition.
In Class 1A, both Berea Community teams fared quite well also.
The Lady Pirates finished 12th in the 21-team field, while the Pirates were 14th in a 28-team field.
Brennan Fields led the way for the Indians with a 19th place finish in the 251-runner field, with a time of 16:47.30.
Mason Crump placed 41st in a time of 17:10.73, while Seth Richardson was 47th in 17:14.42, Griffin Sexton 54th in 17:21.19, Grant Brockman 81st in 17:46.32, Austin Puckett 166th in 18:38.94 and Wes Newman was 197th with a time of 19:03.96.
Central Coach Robert LaDeur said he was extremely proud of his squad because three of them had battled illness during the week leading up to the meet.
“I’m really happy for the boys. Fifth is great. We’re very humble to accept it. We’ll take it, but definitely not settle for it. Next year we want to be up on that state (Top 3),” LaDeur said.
In LaDeur’s five years at the helm at Central, the Indians have improved their finishes at the state meet 19 positions — from dead last at 26th five years ago, to Saturday’s 5th place finish.
The Lady Indians got some record-setting performances from a couple of runners on their way to the 9th place finish.
Ivanna Sabino led the way for the Lady Indians at number 33 with a time of 20:19.45.
Julia Manning followed closely behind coming it 36th in a time of 20:24.63, while Melanie Manning was 59th in a time of 20:49.66.
Freshman Lexi Snyder set a new personal best time of 20:57.95 to finish 70th, and team captain Anna Marshall was 110th in a time of 21:43.95 — 50 seconds better than her season best time.
Senior Anna Knox finished 145th with a time of 22:09.37, sprinting past six runners in the final 50 meters of the race, and Kimberly Mosher was 201st in 23:54.81.
LaDeur said he was proud of the way his girls battled the elements Saturday.
“The wind was definitely tough today. For Anna Marshall to best her high of all season today of all days in that windy weather was amazing. She had the best day of any of our girls,” he said. “Anna Knox’s feet caught fire in the last 50 meters. I screamed at her as she ran by that it was her last race of her career and I think that got in her head that she better leave it out there on the course. She really put on the gas in that last 50 meters.”
In the Class 1A girls race, Berea’s Bailey Rosenbarker just missed a Top-10 finish, coming in 12th with a time of 20:30.42.
Sofia Saderholm had the Lady Pirates’ second best time, finishing 48th with a 21:53.91, while Rhiannon was 85th in 23:09.97, Am H was 90th in 23:26.67, Katherine McManus was 111th with a 24:08.83, Cora Livingston was 142nd in 25:19.61 and As H finished 154th in a time of 26:13.89.
Qualifying as individuals, Model Laboratory’s Janie Ward placed 42nd with a time of 21:47.61, Coco May was 93rd with a 23:31.61 and Reagan Cole finished 105th in a time of 23:58.49.
Lincoln Satterthwaite led the way for the Pirates in the boys Class 1A race, placing 24th with a time of 17:52.97.
Raymond McKinney finished 34th in a time of 18:12.97, while Joseph Mecham was 103rd with a 19:36.84, Adam Johnson was 128th with a 20:06.13, Nicholas Carpenter was 192nd at 22:33.02, Levi Saderholm was 193rd with a 22:34.75 and Roy Smith finished 208th in 24:25.37.
Running as an individual qualifier, Model’s Nathan Rinninger finished 104th with a time of 19:36.84.