Snapp shoots for one more cross country championship
Kaitlin Snapp of Danville will compete in the KHSAA State Cross Country Championships for the final time Saturday in hopes of winning her fourth individual title.
Snapp will run in the Class 1A girls race, the second of six races to be held in the meet at the Kentucky Horse Park. She won championships from 2006-08 but dropped out of the 2009 race due to an illness and finished second last year to Maddox Patterson of Sayre, who has won in each of the last two years and is now a freshman.
Patterson will be the favorite again, but if we have learned anything, it is that we can never count Snapp out as long as she’s healthy. She reminded us of that this spring at the state track and field meet, where she won the 1,600-meter run with her best time ever in that event. Don’t underestimate what winning this race one more time would mean to her — or her ability to do it.
In Class 2A, the Boyle County girls are looking to improve on a third-place finish last year that was their best ever. It’ll be tough, with teams like defending champion South Oldham, North Oldham and Collins to deal with, but Boyle brings a senior-based team, and its top runners know how to race as a pack.
And keep an eye on the performances of Burgin’s Alex Beckerson, who is seeded fourth among Class 1A boys, and Lincoln County’s Alex Bunch, who is 15th among Class 3A girls based on regional results.
See the entries (performance lists) for all local runners now and results following the races at the KHSAA’s state meet page, and look for coverage of the local runners and teams in Sunday’s Advocate and at amnews.com.