Leesa Unger and Dustin Hughes have experienced very different cross country seasons this fall, but the seniors now have one thing in common as they were both winners Tuesday in the County Cross Country Championships at Lakeview Park.
Unger has flourished this year, running well throughout, as she's established herself as one of the top runners in Class A for Frankfort High.
Hughes, meanwhile, came into the season as Franklin County's best runner, ranked early on among the contenders in Class AA. That was before he was diagnosed with mononucleosis. He's missed a majority of the meets since then, only returning to the team a week ago.
"This is the best feeling in the world," Hughes said of his win. "I was still hoping to win, but it was kind of unexpected."
"I'm so happy for Dustin," Franklin County coach Kelly McDaniel said. "It just shows what a hard worker he is."
Unger's performance was the only one which kept Franklin County from sweeping the top honors on the day. Aside from Hughes' win in the boys race, Franklin County won the girls and boys team titles as well as the combined championship.
The Flyers dominated the boys side, with runners claiming the top five spots. Granted, there were no boys runners for Frankfort High and only four for Western Hills, but it was still an impressive performance.
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