For The Independent
Fairview cross country coach Becca Chaney didn’t think her Lady Eagles had much chance of winning Saturday's girls Class A state cross country meet.
It didn’t mean she wasn’t happy. Overwhelming favorite St. Henry won the team title with a score of 51 and Louisville Presentation took second with 148.
Fairview finished 10th with 278.
“I think we did as well as we could,” Chaney said.
The more you learn about Fairview’s 2013 team, the more you think taking 10th place was pretty pleasing.
Start with sophomore Lyndsey Burke. She finished 81st in 23:05.84 seconds, but she ran with a stress fracture in her left foot she had since September.
“It’s been doing a lot better,” Burke said. “(Finishing 81st) is really faster than I thought it would be.”
Eighth-graders Mahala Melvin (104th, 23:56.42) and Hailee Stevens (151st, 25:51.49) had not been to state before.
Sophomore Katie Richard was Fairview’s first finisher (43rd, 21:47.99). “I did all I could do,” she said. “I was the first runner on the team; it’s been a long time since I was first in.”
Following Richard were: junior Haley Layne (55th, 22:14.84), senior Maddy Rymer (57th, 22:16.58), Burke; Melvin, senior Morgan McIntyre (145th, 25:27.82); and Stevens.
“With the girls we had and what we could do (yesterday),” Chaney said, “we did all we could do.”
Elliott County sophomore Chelsea Mayse did a lot. She placed 26th in 21:18.54, the fastest among local small-school runners.
“This is my seventh meet ever in my life,” Mayse said. “It’s a lot easier than I thought it would be. I love to run, it's my favorite thing to do. I always feel better after a run.”
Raceland finished 21st with 574 points. Coach Ray Kilgore talked about how his top four — freshman Haley Boggs, senior MaKenzi Speaks, seventh-grader Isabella Joseph and freshman Grace Chapman — finished within a minute of each other.
Boggs nervously giggled despite finishing 116th in 24:14.11. “I did better than I thought I would,” she said. “Last year, my time got two minutes slower than at regional. (I did) best on downhills; I don't like uphills.”
Speaks was 139th in 25:12.40. She seemed underwhelmed with the Horse Park's hills — understandable considering what she did this summer.
“I hiked the Appalachian Trail (400 miles, Virginia to Pennsylvania),” Speaks said. “These hills seemed so little compared to them.”
Elliott County, which won the Region 7 boys team title last week, was 24th yesterday with 568 points. Freshman Brandon White was the first Lion in, finishing 109th in 19:46.97.
White thought he might have finished higher if he had just gotten a flu shot.
“I feel great,” White said. “I think I’d do better if I wasn’t sick. I'’e got the flu and a stomach virus.”
Joining White were: eighth-grader Haden Harper (122nd, 20:00.66); senior Chris Leadford (140th, 20:22.82); junior Jonathon Sloas (156th, 20:53.28); and senior Hank Ferguson (187th, 22:26.30).
Bishop Brossart won the team crown with an 85 while St Henry placed second with a 100. Louisville Collegiate junior Matthew Bode claimed the individual title by nearly 12 seconds over Sayre senior Nicholas Waltman.