Regional Cross-Country; Senior golf on Saturday

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - The high school cross-country season will move into the post-season on Saturday with regional championships for all three high school programs.

North Bullitt and Bullitt East will be taking part in the Class AA, Region 3 Meet at Shelby County High School on Saturday morning. The boys’ race will start at 10 a.m. with the girls’ race to follow at roughly 10:45 a.m.

Without a doubt, the local teams are involved in the toughest region in the state at any level.

On the boys’ side, both Bullitt East and North Bullitt will be in contention for one of the top-five team spots (if there is a total of ten full teams at the starting line) that will advance to Kentucky State Cross-Country Championships the following Saturday in Lexington. Both of the local teams have been ranked among the top-10 teams in Class AA at some point during the season.

It is much the same uphill battle for the Bullitt East girls’ squad. They are one of the top-10 teams in the state in Class AA, but reside in a region that has six of the top-10 teams in the rankings.

North Bullitt doesn’t have a full girls’ team, but sophomore Chelsey Slayton will be in contention for one of the individual qualifying spots for runners not on one of the top five teams.

BC in Class AAA Region

The Bullitt Central Lady Cougars will be looking for a third straight team trip to the state championships when they compete in the Class AAA, Region 3 race at the old River Road Country Club Course.

The girls’ race will be run first starting at 2 p.m. with the boys’ race to follow at 2:45 p.m.

Manual will once again have the top girls’ team, but Bullitt Central’s strong group will be looking to finish second in the team race with the main competition coming from Meade County.

Senior Golf at Heritage Hill

A pair of Bullitt East senior golfers will take part in the initial Kentucky Golf Coaches Association  Senior All-Star Golf Tournament which will be held at Heritage Hill Golf Course in Shepherdsville.

The senior class student athletes were chosen to participate based on their achievements on the course throughout the 2011 season and their coach’s recommendations. The event will help showcase their talents and reward them for their efforts.

On the boys’ side, Bullitt East senior Andrew Harris will be one of 42 golfers from across the state taking part in the event. The girls’ event has 40 players scheduled to take part including Bullitt East senior Maggie Smith.

Bullitt East girls’ golf coach Andy Oder is a director for the recently formed KGCA.

The event will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Heritage Hill Golf Course.