If she doesn’t fall into a hole, and if somebody doesn’t come flying out of nowhere to tackle her, Kaitlin Snapp is a pretty good bet to win her third consecutive state cross country championship later today.
The Danville freshman continues to outrun her Class A girls competition, and she’s a solid favorite to do so again in the state meet at the Kentucky Horse Park. She has been ranked No. 1 in the class all season, and the pre-meet performance list puts regional time 23 seconds ahead her next-best competitor, which happens to be the girl she beat in the regional last weekend.
What’s more, while Snapp can run faster, harder, longer and better than you any day of the week, her personality and humility make her an easy champ to cheer for. It’s hard to imagine anyone rooting against her — except maybe the girls who would like to catch her. Barring a disastrous slip on what figures to be a sloppy track, it’s doubtful any of them will today.
Also today, look for Lincoln County runners Alex Bunch and Emily Frith to continue their rise through the ranks of Class AAA girls. Bunch was 23rd and Frith was 67th in their state meet race last year, and Bunch is coming to Lexington off a regional win last week.
The best team finishes for local schools figure to be in the Class A boys race, where Burgin aspires to close its amazing season with a top-five finish and Danville is looking to stay in the top 10.