Cross Country

Barren County's Chesney McPherson (above) runs during the Class AAA State Cross Country meet in Lexington on Saturday. The eighth-grader finished 51st overall out of 287 runners in her class. CHANDLER MCPHERSON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY TIMES.

LEXINGTON — Several runners from area schools competed in the state cross country meet last Saturday at Lexington Horse Park.

The most notable finish came from Barren County eighth-grader Chesney McPherson who came in 51st place in the largest class in the state. Approximately 287 runners competed in Class AAA where the young McPherson was able to put in quite the effort.

“I thought it was a pretty good day,” McPherson said. “There was a lot of girls running today so I knew that it was going to be hard. There were so many big teams that you had to run against so you just have to keep your confidence.”

No other qualified from Barren County so McPherson was truly running by herself in the middle of almost 300 runners on a very challenging course. The track at the Kentucky Horse Park is infamous for being one of the most challenging in the state.

“It was pretty tough,” McPherson said of the course. “Some of it was muddy and wet, but it wasn’t as bad as last year. There were quite a bit of hills and inclines so you just had to pump your arms and lengthen your stride.”

Her biggest goal on the day was to try and break the 20-minute barrier. She got within 20 seconds of doing so at region, but she was unable to meet her goal on Saturday due to the challenging course.

However, McPherson was able to improve upon her time from last year’s state meet by almost three whole minutes. She also finished more than 100 spots higher this year as well.

Finishing first in McPherson’s class was Madison Central’s Ciara O’Shea who ran an incredible time of 18:29. The second-place runner was Jessica Secor from DuPont Manual who had a time of 19:09 — 30 whole seconds behind O’ Shea.

The second-most notable finish came from Glasgow senior Logan Lindsey who placed 69th out of 251 runners in his class by running a 18:15.

Lindsey was not the only Scottie who competed on Saturday as Lady Scottie Mia Cassady competed in the girl’s side of the class and finished 133rd out of 234 runners.

Metcalfe County had four different athletes compete in the Class A girl’s race as Anna Grace Blythe had the best finish. She placed 46th overall out of 232 runners with a time of 21:55.

Blythe was joined by teammate Braelyn Davis who placed 124th with a time of 24:17, Emily Shaw who finished 141st with a time of 24:47, and Carlie Howard who placed 155th with a time of 25:08.

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