LEXINGTON — Emma Musgrave was happy.
Yet, she wasn’t.
The Elizabethtown freshman placed 17th in the Class 2-A KHSAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday at the Horse Park in 20:22.97.
“My goal was to get top 15, but that didn’t happen — it’s OK,” she said. “I’m still happy with where I placed, but I still wanted to get 15th.”
The top 15 reach the podium and earn medals, and Musgrave was 1.43 seconds out of that coveted spot.
“I think I did pretty good. The hills got me a little bit,” she said. “I know what I need to do when it comes to those hills, and where I need to be.”
Musgrave finished 30th a year ago in 20:55.30.
“I want to be in the top 15 each year the next three years,” she said.
Coach Jack Breunig watched his Lady Panthers finish in 10th place.
“Our goal was to be top 10,” he said. “Looking at the numbers coming in we knew we had to run down a couple teams to get there. I haven’t gone back to look at it, but we’ve been a top 10 team several years in a row. I was excited with their effort and what they put in today.”
Elizabethtown totaled 342 points, 11 ahead of 11th-place Franklin County. Scott won the team crown with 74 points. Christian Academy-Louisville (97) was second and Highlands (125) third. LaRue County placed 25th with 576 points.
“I thought Emma ran a really good race,” Breunig said. “We knew to get on that podium she needed to be 15th or better and we were tracking it for her. She was in that 22, 23 slot for a long time. When she came back in that last mile, she gained a lot of ground and a lot of positions.
“I know she’s a little disappointed. Sometimes it’s even more disappointing when you’re that close, but she ran a great race. There’s a ton of really good competition in 2-A girls.
“The thing with Emma is she pays attention to how the girls are doing throughout the state, so she has a good idea coming in where she stands. She knew coming out of Region she could compete with these girls. She knew she had an opportunity to place, but she knew she had to run terrific to get there and she was right there.”
Four seniors placed in the top 30. Also in the top 30 were nine freshmen, four eighth-graders and a seventh-grader.
CAL sophomore Addie Dewey won the race, winning by 18.84 seconds.
“It’s an impressive group — it really is — and she (Musgrave) showed again that she’s right there and belongs in that group,” Breunig said.
Elizabethtown senior Sophia Warthen placed 46th (21:25.94) and senior Emily Pearman 70th (22:10.38). Freshman Alyssa Jones was 101st (22:42.01), junior Taylor Full 150th (24:00.34), senior Bridgett Siddle 165th (24:22.23) and senior Anastasia Newsome 177th (24:51.57).
“Our four senior girls have given their heart and soul to this team,” Breunig said. “I’m really proud of them. They gave us everything that they had to get us to this point. We owe a lot to those girls for doing that for E’town High School.”
For LaRue County, sophomore Laila Gross was 61st (21:53.22), seventh-grader Mia Dennis 126th (23:18.34), eighth-grader Leticia Salazar 136th (23:37.35), freshman Kayla Maupin 172nd (24:36.38), senior Kirsten Harper 176th (24:47.96) and junior Abigail Gibson 224th (30:49.19).
n The Elizabethtown boys’ team finished 27th with 619 points.
Junior Jack Logan finished 77th in 18:24.04. He was followed by sophomore Logan Helton (125th, 19:03.79), junior Anthony Bowen (142nd, 19:19.75), freshman Gavin Breunig (159th, 19:40.02), eighth-grader Lance Logan (198th, 20:26.57), junior Kai Murray (199th, 20:27.49) and freshman Alex Curto (204th, 20:38.89).
John Hardin senior Gavin Davis placed 87th in 18:32.70.
Meade County finished 15th, which was a preseason goal for the squad. Its 432 total was one point behind Louisville Eastern.
Junior Kizer Burnett led the bunch with a 17:08.84, which placed him 37th. Senior Brayden Blankenship was 49th in 17:17.93.
The Green Wave won the Region title last week for the first time since 1980.
Also for Meade County, senior Ryan Butler was 93rd (17:36.89), freshman Duke Wilson 132nd (18:01.80), junior Shawn Schwartz 165th (18:15.88), sophomore Roman Gonsalves 229th (18:53.99) and sophomore Phryxus Mangay-Aya 242nd (19:07.00).
North Hardin placed 24th and were led by freshman Gabe Russell. He finished 55th in 17:21.75. He was followed by seniors Kedrick Linn (85th, 17:36.47) and Max Morales (100th, 17:42.09).
Also for the Trojans, seventh-grader Vicente Garcia was 213th (18:40.20), senior Cory Grizzell 233rd (19:02.29), junior Chase Lynch 234th (19:02.31) and freshman Zander Mack 266th (19:34.13).
Central Hardin junior Samuel Bennett placed 65th in 17:27.62.
Madison Central senior Conner O’Shea won the race over sophomore teammate Brady Masters by 11.98 seconds.
Louisville Trinity won the team title by two points over rival Louisville St. Xavier.
Meade County finished 25th with 639 points.
Junior Zoe Wilson led the way, placing 96th in 21:30.71.
She was followed by freshman Brianna Collins (138th, 22:11.80), freshman Anna Burnett (154th, 22:30.47), seniors Kaitlyn Greenwell (155th, 22:31.18) and Isabella Sullivan (170th, 22:43.81), sophomore Makenna Kirk (184th, 22:59.01) and senior Ellie Bruner (215th, 23:26.71).
North Hardin was 28th with 677 points.
Freshman Janiah McNeil was the Lady Trojans’ top runner, finishing 134th in 22:09.89.
Sophomore Lizzy Staley was 148th (22:26.31), eighth-grader Emma Staley 153rd (22:30.25), freshman Reagan Jarvis 159th (22:32.30), eighth-grader Grace Hilton 160th (22:33.10), senior Bernice Covington 234th (23:53.92) and eighth-grader Jayda McNeil 241st (24:04.04).
Central Hardin seventh-grader Yomi Tennant placed 216th in 23:29.35.
Madison Central freshman Ciara O’Shea won the race by more than 40 seconds over DuPont Manual freshman Jessica Secor.
Oldham County won the team title with 58 points, 93 points ahead of Manual.
Fort Knox sophomore Isabel Ocegueda finished 108th in 23:35.20.
Lexington Christian sophomore Anna Rupp won the race by 40 seconds over Hancock County senior Hailie LaMar.
Louisville Collegiate won the team title with 99 points, 16 better than Bishop Brossart.
n Fort Knox placed 34th in the team competition with 846 points.
Senior Liam Kaune led the way, finishing 84th in 18:59.37. Junior Trevor Allen placed 156th (19:52.39), senior Brandon Mitchell 202nd (20:28.57), sophomore Christian Hinojos 260th (22:13.98) and eighth-grader Jaydyn Newell 269th (22:59.45).
Louisville Holy Cross won the team championship with 55 points, 70 better than Pikeville.
Holy Cross junior D.K. Schnieders won the race in 16:04.22, 12 seconds faster than Lexington Christian junior Connor Hayes.