Archive for November, 2011
Lexington, KY – The Bowling Green varsity girls X-Country team came home with a third place victory out of the entire state of KY. Only two points being second place Sacred Heart for star runner up.
From Left to right in the photo above Deborah Flynn, Brittney Hansen, Madisyn Peeples, Lauren Wheeler, Ciara Scott, Van Games, Danielle Simpson, Kara Hodges, and Coach Kara Nichols
Number 2 in the state Bowling Green High School Girls Varsity Cross Country team came into the 2011 Class 3 Region 2 Championships as the heavily favored team to win it all. They did not disappoint. BGHS finished with a total team points of 21 with 15 points being the best score that you can receive. With Sophomore Ciara Scott pacing the Purples and finishing as individual region runner-up. Bowling Green’s girls finished individually 2nd-5th and 7th respectively out of 50 other girls and nine teams. (The photo above form left to right; 8th Grader Brittney Hansen 5th place, 10th Grader Ciara Scott 2nd place, 10th Grader Van Games 3rd place, 10th Grader Danielle Simpson 24th place, 7th Grader Madisyn Peeples 7th place, 10th Grader Sarah-Emiley Woodward 4th place, and 11th Grader Deborah Flynn 16th place.) Second place team finisher was Barren County with 64 points, Third was John Hardin with 80 team points and Fourth place was Central Hardin with 89 points. The top four teams qualify for the KHSSA State Meet on Saturday.
BGHS boys made the rest of the state to take notice aswell. Bowling Green boys were not mentioned at all in all the pre race prediction talk. They definitely were not talk about to have an individual runner in the mix to win it all. Perhaps now they won’t take the boys lightly again. The boys finished third as a team only three points off from beating the heavily favored North Hardin who finished 2nd as a team. The Purples were led by Junior Daniel Collins who finished in a very impressive 2nd place finish making him individual region runner-up. Freshman Kyle Johnson finished in the top ten spot at 6th place over all out of 50 other runners.
The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown Kentucky
BOWLING GREEN — John Hardin senior Katie Lever didn’t want history to repeat itself Saturday.
In the Class 3-A, Region 2 track meet in May, Lever was leading the 1,600-meter run with about 200 meters left. She wound up getting passed by the Bowling Green duo of Brittney Hansen and Sara-Emily Woodward and finished third in that race.
That wasn’t about to happen this time…. Read more here (http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-cross-country-lever-rewrites-history-1106) the driving force behind Katie Lever’s victory in the girls varsity race.
Found the following article posted in Elizabethtown Newspaper: The News-Enterprise
Having never qualified for the KHSAA State Cross Country Championships, the Central Hardin Bruins are one confident bunch.
Led by junior and reigning conference champion Josh Price, eighth-grader Christian Wright and senior Hunter Hood, the Bruins feel this is their year to be one of the teams moving on after Saturday’s Class 3-A, Region 2 meet at Bowling Green’s Kereiakes Park.
The girls’ race starts at 10:30 (EDT) Saturday morning, with the boys’ race behind held immediately after. The top four teams and the top five individuals not on those teams advance to State.
“A lot is riding on Saturday,” Hood said following practice Wednesday at Freeman Lake Park. “This is going to be the biggest and most important meet we’ve ran this season. This is what me and my teammates have been waiting for. We intend to make it to State.”
Central Hardin just missed qualifying last season at Phil Moore Park in Bowling Green. The Bruins finished fifth, 10 points behind Grayson County.
Hood and Price were the only Bruins to make it to State last season, and they’re set on bringing their teammates along with them this time around.
“We already have it in our minds that we’re going,” Hood said. “All we have to do is run a really good race like we have been each race. We’d like to beat North Hardin and be No. 1 out of our region and make sure we have the best times.”
Second-year Central Hardin coach Kris Mix thinks her team will be one of the teams advancing to next week’s state meet at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
“They’ve had a lot of great leadership from the seniors and excellent upcoming juniors who are ready to go and ready to do whatever it takes to make it all work,” she said.
North Hardin sophomore Marcus Terrell said it’s been fun watching the Bruins emerge as a region contender.
“Central’s worked really hard this year. It’s going to be really tough at regions between us and Central,” he said. “I think it’ll come down to us and Central Saturday. Central wants to get to State for the first time, so I think they’re going to work hard to try and beat us.”
Terrell, along with Price and Greenwood sophomore Keith Prive, are considered the front-runners for the individual title.
“Chances are huge,” said North Hardin boys’ coach James Jackson. “Marcus knows who he has to beat – the young man from Central Hardin and the kid from Greenwood. They’re going to be the main challengers. If he can overcome those two, he should win region.”
On the girls’ side, everyone is chasing the Bowling Green foursome of sophomores Van Games, Ciara Scott and Sarah-Emily Woodward and eighth-grader Brittney Hansen.
Bowling Green is projected to win the region title over Barren County, with John Hardin and Central Hardin finishing tied for the final qualifying spot. All projections are based on information posted on KYTrackXC.com.
“I’m not sure what we’re ranked in regions, but I know our team is way stronger than it was last year,” said Central Hardin sophomore Abbie Chandler. “All our girls are under 22:04. I think that’s the best since I’ve been here.”
The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Bruins haven’t qualified for State since they finished 17th and 18th in 2008. Both teams realize they have a pretty decent shot at ending their droughts Saturday.
“I just hope this year I’ll be able to share that with my girls,” Chandler said. “I want to be up there with them and share that experience with them.”
North Hardin also figures to be in the mix for one of the qualifying spots, but coach John Russell said his team has its work cut out for it.
“Fourth place is between us and Central, and right now they’re 11 points ahead of us,” he said. “In a 51-runner field, 11 points is a big chunk.”
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