Russell’s boys repeat
Like Boyd County's girls, the Red Devils easily won their second straight team title over Rowan County, 39-74 — the third championship since 2008. Senior Josh Riley's third-place finish led Russell, and he pronounced yesterday's win just a first step on the way to next Saturday's state meet at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
“I told the guys not to be happy or satisfied,” Riley said. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to make stage, which is top four teams in the state … We're going to work twice as hard this next week to get (to the) stage.”
Russell coach Crystal Cantrell at first said the newest trophy was “bittersweet” because the Lady Devils finished fifth and won't go to state as a group. Still …
“I'm thrilled, I'm overjoyed,” she said of the boys. “They worked as a pack.”
Five Red Devils finished in the top 12: Riley (17:54.27); Tyler Andre in fourth (18:15.93); Seth Atkins in ninth (18:38.01); Jacob Heyerly in 11th (18:48.96); and Jax Downs in 12th (18:54.50).
Ashland finished third with 90 points, and Boyd County claimed the fourth team spot with 96. Tristan Kennard (seventh place, 18:33.22) and Hunter Gullett (eighth, 18:35.39) were the first two Tomcats to finish and Elijah Miller's fifth-place result (18:22.85) led the Lions.
Last year, Mason County senior Nick Robinson edged Rowan County senior Shelley DeHarte by two seconds. Saturday, they switched places — DeHarte won by a little more than 13 seconds.
“I feel like I did good,” DeHarte said of his 17:11.38 time. “I think this is the best I've run on this course.”
A few seconds earlier, Robinson offered DeHarte a winded commentary: “Good race. I let up a little too early on you.”