|Highlands Cross Country Runs Well in Region Race; JV Football Season Concludes|
|Submitted Photo. The Highlands girls cross country team won its seventh straight Class 2A, Region 4 Meet on Saturday at Sherman Elementary in Dry Ridge.|
|Submitted Photo. The Highlands boys cross country team finished second in the Class 2A, Region 4 Meet on Saturday.|
The Highlands girls won a seventh straight region championship and the boys finished runner-up qualifying for the state meet at Kentucky Horse Park next weekend. The meet took place at Sherman Elementary in Dry Ridge.
The Highlands girls scored 49 points with Scott and Bourbon County finishing second with 55 points each. Highlands has won five of the past six Class 2A state championships.
"Our girls came in ranked second to a Bourbon County team that has run well all year," said Brian Alessandro, Highlands Head Coach. "Our girls consistently run well at the end of the season and (Saturday) was no exception."
Sophomore Maggie Schroeder led the way winning the race in 19 minutes, 14 seconds. Scott seventh grader Maddie Strong took second in 20:01.2. A total of 44 runners ran in the race.
Eighth grader Alyssa Harris took fourth in 20:10.4 and junior Alissa Campbell took 12th in 20:52.8. Eighth grader Ruby Smith took 15th in 21:10.8 with seventh grader Laney Smith taking 17th in 21:34.7 to finish off the Highlands scoring.
"We had mostly middle schoolers," Harris said. "We were kind of chancing it, but it was pretty cool to get to be part of the seventh (straight region) win. I like to start off strong, hold myself in the middle then pretty hard because I feel better running pretty hard at the end."
Eighth grader Eden Brumer and seventh grader Lilli Hoffmeister also ran for Highlands. Brumer took 19th in 21:35 and Hoffmeister finished 22nd in 22:08.6.
The Highlands boys scored 62 points. Lexington Catholic won the race with 31 points. The Knights placed their five scorers in the top 10.
"The boys finished a tight race," Alessandro said. "They have gotten stronger. We have a week to improve, but this is our top regional finish in a few years. I'm very proud of these guys."
Eighth grader Sam Hopper finished fourth in 17:29.9 to lead the Bluebirds and sophomore Will Griffith took sixth in 17:44.7. Western Hills sophomore Griffin Staude won the race in 16:36.9.
Sophomore Peter Laskey took 13th out of 52 runners in 18:11.9. Junior Grant Unlenbrock took 19th in 18:37.8 with senior Ethan Myers rounding out the Highlands scoring in 18:41.
Highlands freshman Will White took 24th in 19:05.6. The final Bluebirds runner in senior Donovan Staab took 34th in 19:39.7.
"I definitely think that we can get out a little faster and try to stick with the LexCath guys," Staab said. "I'd also say (we need) to work better as a team just trying to group up and hoping that we can win."
The Highlands boys run in the state meet on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The Highlands girls then run at 12:15 p.m.
Football, JV, Freshman Reports:
Highlands Teams Lose in Final Games:
On Saturday at David Cecil Memorial, the Highlands junior varsity finished 7-2 with a 23-8 loss against Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier. Junior Wes Bowling had a touchdown run and safety for the Bluebirds.
Earlier in the week, the Highlands freshman team lost 18-14. The Bluebirds finished 7-3 on the season.
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