Unger, Blackburn lead locals at Capitol View

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Leesa Unger had to drop out of last week's Franklin County Invitational halfway through the race after getting sick.

But Saturday on the always grueling Archives course, the Frankfort High senior was perfectly healthy on her way to a runner-up finish in the girls varsity race in the Capitol View Classic.

Unger trailed just Boyle County's Abby Piper, who won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 21:10.62. Unger clocked in at 21:49.58.

"I felt a lot better today," Unger said, compared to last week's meet at the Horse Park. "I started out trying to run a different race where I'd go out fast and see if I could hold it, but (Piper) got me on the first hill."

Unger wasn't sure if her time Saturday was a personal best or not on the Archives course, but coach John Ritchart said Unger's time isn't indicative of how well she's been running this fall.

"Her time was a little slower, but this is a tough course so you really can't judge her based on times," Ritchart said. "Last week she wasn't feeling well, but she got over it pretty quickly. She ran real well Tuesday at the CKC meet and today."

Unger's teammate, Ryan Quire, was fourth midway through the race and Franklin County's Kate Hamilton wasn't far behind, but the girls dropped out. Both have been sick this week.

"Kate was sick Wednesday through Friday, but today she just wanted to see what she could do," FCHS coach Kelly McDaniel said.

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