The Franklin County Flyers continue to improve midway through the cross country season and showed that Saturday in the 29th Annual Capitol View Classic at the Archives.
Senior Miles Riggs earned a third place finish for the boys side and completed the 3.1-mile course in 18:44.94. Dixie Heights senior Max McGehee broke out ahead of the field by nearly 15 seconds before the first mile and led the race from start to finish.
McGehee went through the first mile at 5:21, while Riggs, senior Brian Wyatt and junior Bradley Bennett came through together around 5:45.
Riggs said he felt great on the course and used the hills to push him through to finish first for the Flyers.
“I barely missed the chance at state last year because I was sick,” he said. “I’m using that as motivation for this season.”
Wyatt followed closely behind in fourth in 19:14.80 and Bennett finished 12th in a time of 20:22.79. Those places gave FCHS a second place team finish with 63 points behind Dixie Heights with 27.
On the girls side, freshman Kerry Taylor, who is currently sick with a cold, had a physically demanding race. Head coach Kelly Lewis asked her at the two-mile marker if she was feeling OK and Taylor simply responded, “No.”
Lewis asked the question because the freshman started the race in third and dropped off to 12th with a mile left.
“Those uphills really get to me,” Taylor said. “I’ve always been good at the downhills, but the uphills give me cramps. It was really hard for me to run the race.
“It was really difficult. I was able to pass the girl closest to me and I was glad I was even able to do that.”
But Taylor held herself together to finish first for the Lady Flyers in 12th place with a time of 24:24.09. The team came in third with 90 points, behind a strong St. Henry team, which posted only 15 points.
“I think our team is doing very well,” Taylor said. “They’re not really looking at places, but to improve their times and make themselves better runners. I think they all have the right attitude. Everyone has a big determination to beat the person in front of them.”
Taylor, who is only a freshman, said she is trying to be a leader for the Lady Flyers.
“It is a great feeling to be so young and leading people, but you just have to stay humble and work hard,” she said.
The local varsity results, along with the varsity winners, are listed below. The complete local results will appear in Monday’s paper.
Local Boys Varsity Results
1. Max McGehee, DC, 17:44.24
3. Miles Riggs, FC, 18:44.94
4. Brian Wyatt, FC, 19:14.80
12. Bradley Bennett, FC, 20:22.79
18. Joe Cheek, FC, 21:03.57
26. Hunter Mantor, FC, 22:30.85
33. Adam Stiles, FC, 25:05.98
34. Tommy Parsons, FC, 25:19.81
Local Girls Varsity Results
1. Taylor Connett, SH, 21:07.68
12. Kerry Taylor, FC, 24:24.09
16. Jamie Beason, FC, 25:50.42
18. Kater Riddle, FC, 26:10.62
25. Taylor Bochantin, FC, 28:11.84
27. Joanna Parsons, FC, 28:23.09
28. Sydney Strickland, FC, 29:07.91
30. Celia Ritter, FC, 30:15.43