Cross Country: Eden leads Rockets to 3rd at Franklin

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By Todd Martin

Shelby County’s Stacey Eden scored his first victory of the season at Saturday’s Franklin County Invitational.

Running at the Kentucky Horse Park, the site of the State Meet, Eden, a senior, won with a time of 16 minutes, 46 seconds, more than 6 seconds ahead of Todd Hewitt of Eaton.

Eden’s race up the standings wasn’t the only big move for Shelby's cross-country team. Senior William Thompson moved up to 15th overall out of 306 individuals with a time of 17:48, and his classmate Travis Adams was in the top 50, finishing 42nd with a time of 18:44.

Rounding out the Rockets’ top five were Thomas Smith in 83rd with a time of 19:23, and Justin Downs in 113th in a time of 19:44.

The Rockets’ third-place finish was the teams' best this season, and they were only one point behind second-place Male. South Oldham took the title with 142 points, almost 100 points better than SCHS.