Quire, Goff lead locals at Franklin Co. Inv.

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LEXINGTON - The Franklin County Invitational cross country meet went as expected for the top teams in the state Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Most of the local runners fared well also with only some minor kinks along the way.

Frankfort High's Leesa Unger, who has been the top female runner in town this season, pulled out of the race midway through after getting sick.

She was one of only three FHS runners who started the girls race. Teammates Becky Bessinger and Melanie Smith didn't run and the Lady Panthers couldn't compete for a team score.

Saint Ursula of Cincinnati cruised to the team title, finishing with 32 points and four of the top eight finishers, ahead of Manual, which came in second with 90 points.

Manual junior Melissa Massey won the 5,000-meter race with a time of 19:07.22.

Frankfort's Ryan Quire was the top local runner. She came in 36th place with a time of 21:35.41.

The Lady Flyers finished 11th out of 32 teams. FCHS was led by Kate Hamilton's 62nd place finish, and Yvonne Stone and Layne Bush were not far behind Hamilton.

"Our girls team ran really well," said FCHS coach Kelly McDaniel. "Yvonne was hurting again, so we'll have to take care of that, but overall, I'm pleased. Nikki (Waddell) had a good race. She's catching up to our top three runners."

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