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LOUISVILLE - A high school cross-country meet is supposed to be a 5K event.
Unfortunately, the Girls’ All-Bullitt County Cross-Country Championships were more like a 5.5K event as a number of the competitors ran off the course, running as much as an extra 400 yards.
Because there is no cross-country course in Bullitt County that can hold a high school meet, the three local programs have had to ‘piggyback’ the Bullitt County Championship Meet with a run in Louisville. This year, it was a St. X Master Meet held at the old River Road Country Club course.
In the end, Bullitt East head coach Lenny Raley felt that the final finish was equal for all the runners so he was letting the final numbers from the meet stand. Bullitt Central head coach Martin Tallent wasn’t so sure about that and called the race ‘un-contested.’
St. X did post the results on the internet. The final count showed Bullitt East with 27 team points while Bullitt Central had 29. North Bullitt had just one runner and did not post a team score.
Whatever distance the runners did finally compete over, the first Bullitt County runner back to the finish line was Bullitt Central’s Devin Welch and she was followed by teammate Cindy Kiefer.
Bullitt East then picked up the needed team points with the next three finishers. Jessica Prell was third, Abby Shelton fourth and Caroline Collins was fifth. After Bullitt Central’s Alyssa Shifflett was sixth, Bullitt East’s Emily Marksbury was seventh and Sierra Poppell was eight.
The other two girls scoring points for Bullitt Central were Lauren Redding in ninth and Chasity Wilson in 11th.
North Bullitt’s only runner, Alysha Jacobs, finished tenth.
On the boys’ side, the runners covered the correct distance and it was competitive all the way between Bullitt East and North Bullitt, two of the top-10 Class 2-A teams in Kentucky this season.
North Bullitt senior Scotty Waltrip was the first runner back to the finish line in 17:22.10, which was 17 seconds ahead of Bullitt East’s Scotty McIntyre who turned in a personal best time.
Bullitt East won the meet with five of the top seven finishers. The Chargers collected 22 points while North Bullitt had 37 points. Bullitt Central closed with 77 points.
After McIntyre, Bullitt East had Brandon Wiseheart in third, Michael Montgomery in fourth, Cole Green in sixth and Brett Hatfield seventh.
North Bullitt’s team points came from Waltrip winning while Michael Dowell was fifth, Andrew Askins eighth, Logan Polley 11th and Tony Redemann in 12th.
Bullitt Central’s top finisher was Jacob Ware in 14th in 19:08.80. The Cougars also had Matt Simon in 15th, Eric Simon in 16th, Jordan Hawkins in 20th and Johnathon Rogers in 21st.
While some of the teams still have races this weekend, most of the focus now is on the upcoming Regional meets that will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 5.
North Bullitt and Bullitt East will compete in the Class AA event at Shelby County High School starting at 10 a.m.
Defending boys’ state champion North Oldham is ranked first in the state and Martha Layne Collins is second in the state. Other regional teams ranked in the state are South Oldham (fifth), Bullitt East (seventh) and North Bullitt (ninth).
The girls’ regional competition is even tighter as the top four teams in the state all reside in the area district. That grouping includes South Oldham, North Oldham, Mercy and Collins. The regional also includes Christian Academy (6th), Presentation (8th) and Bullitt East (11th).
Bullitt Central competes in Class 3-A and the Lady Cougars should once again challenge Meade County for the number two spot in the region behind state power Manual. Bullitt Central’s regional meet will be held in the afternoon at the River Road Country Club course starting at 2 p.m.