Rigorous Racing at Lexington Catholic


Shelby Arnett, Staff Reporter

Sacred Heart Academy’s fall sports players are experts in hard work and determination. The cross country team is no exception, as they ran their hearts out this weekend to fight for a top position as State and Regionals stand only weeks away.

The Valkries huddle in the tent for team stretching before their race.
The Valkries huddle in the tent for team stretching before their race.

This past Saturday, Oct. 15, the cross country team raced at the Lexington Catholic Invitational, competing in the JV and Varsity divisions. The varsity race was led by junior Kathleen Simms, finishing 7th with a time of 19:12. Other key finishers included sophomore Meredith Barnes in 17th, senior Abby Reburn in 57th, and senior Melissa Jones in 59th. The varsity team finished in 7th place overall.

SHA junior and cross country team captain Caroline Tafel said, “The team’s goal this weekend was to get an understanding of our competition for State. The team will run the same course as Lexington Catholic on that day and we wanted to get familiar with it first.”

Tafel had been injured for most of the cross country season this year, and Lexington Catholic was only her second meet she was able to complete in. Her passion for the cross country team shines through her positive outlook on the day.

“Varsity performed well in the race, but there is always room for improvement. I was glad to see how JV finished. We had some strong runners in both races, which helped to prepare our girls for Regionals and State,” said Tafel.

The JV team placed second with junior Claire Esselman, junior Lucy Couch, junior Shelby Arnett, and junior Caroline Tafel finishing in the top 10.

The cross country season is soon coming to a close with only a few races left.
“The only meets left in this season are JV Regionals, varsity Regionals, and State,” Tafel said. “The JV team has a great shot at winning JV Regionals, but as for varsity, the competition will be tough. Our team will be competing against Oldham County and Assumption at that meet and at State. There is never a guarantee on the performance, but we are hoping for the best.”

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