Cross country: Webb finishes third for Rockets

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Sophomore helps SCHS finish eighth; Collins boys fifth

By Josh Cook

Taylor Webb continued her solid sophomore season for the Shelby County High School cross-country team Saturday.


Webb finished third, to lead all local runners, in the South Oldham Dragon Invitational at Oldham County.


Webb completed the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 57.30 seconds. Oldham County junior Margaret Grogan won the race in 19:34.96.


“I was very pleased but not surprised by her run,“ Shelby County Coach Brian Crumbo said. “Taylor has worked extremely hard this fall and has come a long way since last year. She is currently ranked fourth in Class AA, and the girl from South Oldham directly in front of her is ranked third. Taylor has beaten her earlier in the year as well.”


Led by Webb, Shelby County finished eighth in the team standings, and Collins came in 10th. On the boys’ side the Titans placed fifth, while the Rockets finished 10th.


Collins’ top runners – Caterina Karas on the girls’ team and Justin Downs on the boys’ team – were held out of the race for precautionary reasons.


“She [Karas] was sore from the week and we kept her out of the race,” Titans Coach Stephen Drawbaugh said. “Downs [was] due to the same reason at Caterina.”


South Oldham won the girls’ team competition with 38 points, and Oldham County was second with 59. The Rockets finished with 205, while the Titans tallied 255.


“Overall, it was probably our best performance of the season to date for both boys and girls,” Crumbo said. “I'm hopeful that this will put our girls team in a position for a stretch run to make the State Meet. Our regional is strong and deep, but we are in a close battle for one of the spots to go to state, and that is our goal.”


Also for Shelby, eighth-grader Kayce Byrnside finished 39th in 22:17.21 and senior Alyssa Anderson 40th in 22:21.73. Junior Haley Miller finished 66th (23:45.06) and sophomore Collin Kessinger was 84th (24:48.04) to round out the Rockets’ scorers.


Senior Tiffany Sharber was the top Collins finisher in 35th-place in 22:02.78. Also for the Titans, eighth-grader Brandi Pratt finished 42nd (22:30.69), senior Emily Parr was 68th (23:45.63), senior Lindsey Miller was 70th (23:54.25) and sophomore Elizabeth Sharber was 72nd (24:02.50).


“If we added Caterina into the race, we would have jumped 60 points, which would have moved us ahead of Bullitt East and Shelby County,” Drawbaugh said.


Oldham County junior Luke Weishaar won the boys’ race in 16:12.77. Collins was led by junior Thomas Smith, who placed 17th in 17:44.03, while sophomore Devon Fielding wasn’t far behind in 22nd in 17:50.47. Also for the Titans, junior Matthew Folsom finished 36th (18:31.63), sophomore Nolan Petty was 41st (18:39.28) and junior Alex Hamilton came in 63rd (19:41.12) without Downs in the lineup.


Sophomore Blake Harris led Shelby County with a 65th-place finish in 19:48.32. Also for the Rockets, freshman Alex Dunn was 79th (21:36.43), sophomore Logan Hull (21:47.39) was 80th, junior Thomas Harnois was 87th (22:36.27) and senior Tim Jones was 93rd (26:16.72).


“It has been a long year for our boys team, but they are showing improvement every race, and they have been working hard,” Crumbo said. “I expect that they will continue to make big strides over the last three weeks leading up to the regional and give a solid showing.”


Eastern won the boys’ race with 59 points, while North Oldham was second with 63. Collins compiled 140 points in fifth, while Shelby tallied 286.


“[That] would have moved us up closer to South Oldham if he was in the race,” Drawbaugh said. “A couple of the other guys varsity runners did not run as fast as they have been running, which hurt us as well.


“Overall I thought we did decent but not great, we still have more work to do over the next few weeks to get prepared for regionals.”