LEXINGTON — It’s been a season of firsts for the Corbin Boys Cross Country team.
After the Corbin boys cross country team found its first-ever Class 2A, Region 5 championship last weekend, the Redhounds took the top spot once again at the state level, winning their first-ever Class 2A state championship on Saturday at the Lexington Horse Park.
“This is such a special moment for them, but also for our school, and for our community,” said Corbin Coach Tyler Harris. “My guys battled so hard for this. They earned it and deserve it. They are cemented in the books and will remember this and be proud of it for the rest of their lives.”
The Redhounds finished with 134 points, nine points better than runner-up Boyd County. Corbin had three runners finish in the top 25 on Saturday.
Sean Simons took fourth place honors with a time of 16:33.47, while Jonah Black and Austin Terrell finished in 21st and 22nd place respectively. Black finished with a time of 17:21.77 and Terrell finished with a time of 17:24.75.
“Coming into this meet I knew we had a shot,” Harris said. “The guys knew we had a shot too and although winning is the ultimate goal I think we were all going to be satisfied with a top three or four podium finish, which would have been a step up from last year's seventh place finish. These guys have ran some incredible races this year but their performance on Saturday is the best they have performed, collectively, all season. Literally, second to none. As special as our first region championship was a week ago, this far exceeds that. It’s incredible to have both the first region and state championship to come in the same year. Winning region by such a big margin justified what we knew and solidified the fact that we are a top contender in the state. My kids believed and they prepared for things right way. They put in the work so when I saw the scores I was shocked but not surprised because I knew my guys could do this. I’m glad they finally know what I’ve known all along.”
The Lady Redhounds had another solid showing at state this year, finishing in 19th place overall with 467 points, which tied the girls team with last year’s finish.
“I think it’s important to note that they were able to do that without one of our key pieces, Nancy Jane Jackson, who is out with an injury,” Harris said. “Although the boys are state champs I don’t want the ladies accomplishments to be overshadowed. They raced hard and had a good day.”
Hannah Morton turned in a 21st place individual finish with a time of 20:36.85.
“Three others who raced got to experience running in the state meet for the first time and they handled it very well,” Harris said. “Our girls have no seniors so we will continue to build, focus on positives and eliminate negatives, and be back and even better next year. I’m proud of them and the season they had. They had to persevere and fight through adversity at times but they did so with grace and always kept a smile. It was a lot of fun and we have a great group of hard working ladies that I really enjoy coaching.”
Harris said he had a lot of people to thank for the historical season his teams have had.
“A big thanks to the parents of my athletes,” he said. “They are so supportive. They run back and forth picking these kids up and dropping them off at practices. They give up their weekends and are always willing to help out any way they can. I appreciate them so much. I also want to thank my administration, especially Andrew Roark and John Crawford. They have a lot of faith in me and love on my athletes. I want to thank my assistant coach Jonathan Goodin and volunteer help Tommy Smith. These guys put their trust in me as the athletes have. They share my goals and put in a lot of hours encouraging and working with all of our cross country kids. Jonathan has pounded out many miles to help push our athletes to reach heights they never thought they could. I also need to thank my dad, John Harris. He is the driving force behind the passion I have for this sport and for coaching. My dad motivates me, advises me, and encourages me. He is my biggest fan and my and most trusted mentor. We shared some very special moments on Saturday. To God be the glory. He has truly blessed me. I will never forget November 2nd, 2019.”
Corbin boys and girls cross country teams had four runners named to the KHSAA Class 2A Cross Country All-State Team. On the girls’ side, Morton was named to the All-State Team, while Simons, Black and Terrell were all named to the boys All-State Team.
Class 2A Team Results
1. Corbin 134, 2. Boyd County 143, 3. Webster County 150, 4. Highlands 175, 5. Lexington Catholic 179, 6. North Oldham 220, 7 Western Hills 260, 8. Taylor County 298, 9. Warren East 318, 10. Thomas Nelson 322, 11. Calloway County 357, 12. Russell 358, 13. Scott 374, 14. Christian Academy-Louisville 392, 15. Bardstown 411, 16. Rowan County 429, 17. Wayne County 444, 18. Trigg County 457, 19. Collins 480, 20. Mason County 481, 21. Spencer County 542, 22. Paducah Tilghman 565, 23. Rockcastle County 567, 24. Shelby County 591, 25. Nelson County 591, 26. Bell County 595, 27. Elizabethtown 619, 28. Russell County 638, 29. Ashland Blazer 671, 30. Letcher County Central 809, 31. Lawrence County 975, 32. Powell County 985.
1. Scott 74, 2. Christian Academy-Louisville 97, 3. Highlands 125, 4. Mason County 148, 5. Bourbon County 180, 6. North Oldham 247, 7. Taylor County 266, 8. Collins 274, 9. Boyd County 284, 10. Elizabethtown 342, 11. Franklin County 353, 12. Nelson County 396, 13. Ashland Blazer 400, 14. Boyle County 406, 15. Rowan County 412, 16 Trigg County 418, 17. Russell 458, 18. Rockcastle County 461, 19 Corbin 467, 20. Mercer County 477, 21. Calloway County 487, 22. Bardstown 504, 23. Lincoln County 529, 24. Webster County 531, 25. Larue County 576, 26. Perry County Central 655, 27. Warren East 688, 28. Fort Campbell 810, 29. Shelby County 811, 30. Letcher County Central 930.
Class 2A Individual Results
Corbin (134) – Sean Simons, 4th, 16:33.37; Jonah Black, 21st, 17:21.77; Austin Terrell, 22nd, 17:24.75; John Hail, 31st, 17:37.03; Logan Bargo, 65th, 18:12.35; Andon Asher, 93rd, 18:35.51; Connor Messer, 133rd, 19:09.43.
Corbin (467) – Hannah Morton, 21st, 20:36.85; Lauren Faulkner, 98th, 22:39.17; Mary Hope Jackson, 119th, 23:09.46; Taylor French, 141st, 23:52.85; Mackenzie Curry, 156th, 24:06.63; Lauren Steely, 178th, 24:53.93.