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Racing toward State Boys, Girls Cross Country qualify for Ky. meet

by Kory Gibbs, Courier staff

Ft Campbell Courier
Fort Campbell, KY | November 8, 2016

Fort Campbell High School’s boys and girls cross country team competed in the Region 1 AA meet Saturday in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Both teams were trying to qualify for the state meet that takes place this Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky.

The girl’s team finished first overall with six runners finishing in the top 25 with 63 points and 23-minute team average time.

The best individual time for the team came from eighth grader Yasmin Espinosa, who finished fourth overall with a time of 22:14.70. Espinosa said that she was glad about where she finished, but she was more excited for how the team finished.

Vicki Gibson, cross country head coach, said she was proud of the team and knows that they will get even better over time. “I was proud of them because I know how hard they worked and they deserved it,” Gibson said.

The girls’ team first place finish automatically qualifies them for the state meet.

Junior Jordan Hardy is optimistic about the team’s chances going into state.

“I think that since we didn’t perform as well as we should have, we are going to perform a lot better at state,” Hardy said. “I just want to PR [personal record] and do my part to help my team.”

Last year, the girls qualified for state and finished 21st overall but each runner met their personal best.

At regionals, the boys’ team finished third overall with 76 points and 20-minute team average time. They also had six runners finish in the top 25.

Freshman Jack Dellinger finished the highest on team coming in third with a time of 18:09.00. The third-place finish as a team was good enough to get them to state, but senior Fred Prins said he knows they could have done better.

“We were only three points off from Calloway for second, I thought we should have had it,” Prins said. “I am excited for us to be competing at state and I personally hope to reach my personal record.”

Prins added that the team plans to work harder and be more prepared, adding that the runners like their chances to place at state.

This is the first time that both the boys and girls teams have qualified for state. Gibson said the plan to prepare for state is to continue practicing and maintaining the confidence the teams had in regionals.

“We are still practicing and the focus is still there, they just want to continue to get better and improve,” she said.

The next meet will be the Kentucky High School Athletic Association State meet in Lexington. Boys will race at 11:30 a.m. Girls will race at 12:15 p.m.

Regional finishers

Girls:

4th- Yasmin Espinosa; 22:14.70

8th- Abigail Janicki; 22:47.70

16th- Shania McCracken; 24:25.80

17th- Maddison Ruggles; 24:27.90

21st- Jordan Hardy; 24:54.60

25th- Elizabeth Ryan; 25:47.90

30th- Alessa Tomboc; 27:49.30

Girls overall team scores: 1st place, 63 points, 23:46 average

Boys:

3rd- Jack Dellinger; 18:09.00

8th- Rafael Cerritos; 19:41.60

19th- Evan Cox; 20:40.00

22nd- Fred Prins; 21:05.40

24th- Alec Vaughn; 21:21.60

25th- Gabe Gamez; 21:26.30

31st- Joshua Ricketts 22:10.90

Boys overall team scores: 3rd place, 76 points, 20:11 average


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