Shelby senior earns his spot

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By Josh Cook

There were some tense moments last Saturday for Logan Hull at the Class 2A, Region 3 boys’ cross country meet.

Hull, a senior at Shelby County, didn’t hear his name called when the top five runners from non-State qualifying teams were announced after the race, even though he finished only four places behind teammate Alex Dunn, whose name was called.

“He was real down that they didn’t say his name,” Rockets Coach Andrew Danner said of Hull.

Danner, however, quickly brought the oversight to the attention to the race directors, who rectified things. Hull, along with Dunn, will be the Shelby County contingent on Saturday for the 2A KHSAA State Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The boys’ race is set to start at 12:15 p.m.

Even though Hull was overlooked, at first, last Saturday, there’s no ignoring his contribution to the Shelby County cross-country program.

“Logan is one of those kids who, when the team has a lot of success the next couple years, which hopefully it does, you can look back to Logan,” Danner said. “He gave the rest of the team something to shoot for last year.”

Hull was consistently the Rockets’ top runner last year. It was a junior season that he capped off with a personal-best performance at the region meet (he finished in 18:36.62). He placed 30th, narrowly missing an at-large berth for the State.

This season, as Shelby County’s program has continued to make progress, Hull has been a solid runner for the Rockets. He was his team’s first finisher at the Trinity Invitational and second at the Shelby County, Henry County and Woodford County invites.

Hull was second on his team at region too, and just like last year he ran a personal-best (18 minutes, 26.22 seconds).

“He knows when to bring it,” Danner said. “He deserved it.…He’s someone you can look back on a few years down the road and say he was the start of our resurgence, hopefully.”

Looking ahead to Saturday, Dunn is seeded 92nd (18:20.27) and Hull 100th. Danner’s goal for both is to finish in the top 75 at the very least.

“For Alex it’s a look at what it’s going to be like next year for him,” Danner said. “For Logan, I just want him to go out on a high note.”