A Conclusion to Cross Country


Senior Abby Reburn and junior Kathleen Simms smile for a photo after their race.

Shelby Arnett, Staff Reporter

Though a typical varsity cross country team only consists of ten runners, the Sacred Heart cross country team considers all of its members a part of the heart. With a crowd full of Sacred Heart runners and supporters watching, the SHA cross country team competed in the State meet at Kentucky Horse Park this past Saturday Nov. 5 to race for the State title. The Valkyries ran in the most competitive race of the day against top opposer Assumption High School.

Junior Kathleen Simms and senior Abby Reburn smile for a photo after their race.
Junior Kathleen Simms and senior Abby Reburn smile for a photo after their race.







Junior Kathleen Simms led the Valkyries during the race, placing fourth overall and scoring a time of 18:46. After Simms came in freshman Sarah Wilkinson in 34th, sophomore Meredith Barnes in 41st, sophomore Katie Beckman in 62nd, senior Melissa Jone sin 80th, junior Maggie Mitchell in 86th, and senior Abby Reburn in 94th.

Sacred Heart finished with a team score of  199, placing 7th overall. The Valkyries, however, remained in positive spirits and motivation to improve for next cross country season.

Senior Melissa Jones was given the opportunity to race in State for the first and last time with Sacred Heart cross country.

“Running on the State team this year was amazing,” Jones said, “but also intimidating at first when I was competing against some extremely talented runners.”

When asked about the team’s performance at State, Jones said, “Though we all hoped to have run better, we had given our all to that race. I’m happy with all the work and training we’ve put into this season.”

Though she is a senior, Jones has high hopes for next year’s SHA cross country season and its team members.

“I hope everyone experiences the team bonding that we did this season and works hard in practice to finish with the goal for every season, which is to win State.”

Though cross country has come to an end, track and field soon approaches in several weeks, where the Valkyries will attempt to achieve another State title on the track.