DHS girls, Boyle boys prevail at Plummer

September 12, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

Some of them were short on practice, and some of them were short on sleep. But those things couldn't keep the Danville girls from standing tall Saturday.

The Lady Admirals placed four runners in the top 10 to win the girls division of their E.G. Plummer Invitational.

A Danville team that relies heavily on soccer players who seldom get to practice for cross country still managed to outscore Pulaski Southwestern by three points.

"With all the girls we have who don't get to train all the time, I guess that's a testament to how talented they are," Danville coach Ed McKinney said.

Two of Danville's top five runners are soccer players, and most of the runners who are in high school were out late at the school's homecoming dance Friday night.


"It wasn't too bad because we didn't have to be here too early," said junior Morgan Young, who finished 10th.

The girls got a break because the meet started at 11:30 a.m., a couple of hours later than most meets. And it wasn't even an issue for the top two Danville girls, fifth-graders Kaitlin Snapp and Diamond Pace, who finished second and seventh.

Snapp ran neck and neck with Southwestern's Lindsey Caffee down the homestretch, first falling behind, then catching Caffey on the uphill slope leading to the finish line of the 3.1-mile course around Admiral Stadium, where she won by less than half a second.

"A few days ago we worked on sprints at the finish, and I'm really glad we worked on them," Snapp said.

Snapp and Young said they were also glad to win the meet named for Plummer, the longtime Danville cross country coach who remains close to the program.

"We all know coach Plummer on a different level than cross country, and it's fun to win something that honors him," Young said.

The win was a good start for a Danville team that is aiming high this season.

"We're trying to get first in our region and do well at state also," Snapp said. "We're just trying to run our best."

The day's other big winner was Boyle County, which made off with both the girls and boys individual championships and the boys team title.

"I'm tickled to death," Boyle coach Doug Sharp said.

Boyle sophomore Kelly Jameson was tickled, too, after winning the girls race in a romp. Jameson's time of 22 minutes, 30 seconds was 42 seconds better than Snapp's.

"I didn't really think it was that big a lead ... until they told me," Jameson said. "I've never won before, so I was really excited."

Jameson was the Boyle girls' second invitational winner in three days. Abby Piper won the AJ Special Thursday in Wilmore, but she was not at Saturday's race.

Junior Patrick Morgan, who was second at the Wilmore race, won this race by 30 seconds over Lincoln County's Jordan Wilkinson.

"He was a little disgusted with himself on Thursday night," Sharp said.

Wilkinson, in turn, was 20 seconds better than third-place Kent Ford of Southwestern.

Boyle easily won the boys team championship, finishing 27 points below runner-up Southwestern.

Lincoln and Danville were third and fourth, respectively.

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