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BARDSTOWN - Bullitt East and Bullitt Central met on the same cross-country course recently with strong results for both squads in the Bernie Keene Invitational at Nelson County High School.
The two squads were especially competitive in the girls’ race that day as in a race with eight teams and 74 runners, Bullitt East came home in first place while Bullitt Central finished second. The Lady Chargers had a total of 55 points while Bullitt Central had 70, one point better than the host team.
The top individual was Bullitt Central senior Alyssa Shifflett who finished second in a time of 20:45.72. Bullitt East was right behind in third and fourth as Caroline Collins finished in 20:55.12 and Sierra Poppell in 21:10.78.
Overall, Bullitt East also got point scoring runs from Abby Shelton in ninth, Kourtney Burkhead in 16th and Emily Marksbury in 25th.
Recently, the Bullitt East girls were ranked seventh in the state in Class 2-A.
Bullitt Central also had five runners in the top 25 behind Shifflett. Lauren Redding finished 12th while Chasity Wilson was 15, Emily McKnight 20th and Bridget Shelton 24th.
Both programs ran more than the normal seven runners in the varsity race to get experience for everyone for the long season ahead.
The boys’ race was even bigger that day as there were ten teams and 116 runners in the varsity event.
Bullitt East, the sixth-ranked team in Class 2-A had a really strong day as they easily lapped the field scoring only 36 points. That was well ahead of runner-up Christian Academy with 74 points. Bullitt Central finished eighth with 179 points.
Charger senior Brandon Wiseheart made another strong showing as he finished second in 17:44.59. The team winner was known moments later as Bullitt East teammate Michael Montgomery and Cole Green finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The other Charger points came from senior Scotty McIntyre in 10th and Zac Masden in 18th.
Bullitt Central’s top finisher was Jonathan Rogers in 19th while Bradley Mahaffey was 38th, Matt Simon 40th, Isaac Mitchell in 43rd and Kasey Cottier in 59th.
Unlike other fall sports that are either finishing up now (golf) or about to start post-season play (soccer and volleyball), cross-country is just getting up to speed. The sports’ post-season does not start until Nov. 3.