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Durbin tops at Barren County

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By Ron Benningfield

Christina Durbin, a sixth grader, finished first out of 22 runners in the middle school race at the Barren County Invitational meet Aug. 26.

Harley Keller, also in the sixth grade, took third, and seventh grade runner Sydney Price ran fourth.

"I was very impressed with our runners taking first, third, and fourth," said Samantha Ray, LaRue's coach. "This shows that we have a lot to look forward to in the future as these girls get older."

Among veteran runners, Amarah Reed ran 18th and Meagan Williams 20th out of 81 runners.

"This gives me confidence that we will be competitive within our region," said Ray, in her first year as LaRue's coach. "The girls are still somewhat out of shape, having the mileage, but not the speed yet."

Ray said the girls' finish times are irrelevant because the middle schoolers ran a course less than a mile long when regulation distance is 1.8-2.4 miles and the varsity course, with 3.1 being regulation distance, was only two miles long.

"I really don't know why their courses are so short," said Ray. "Someone told me they've always run those shorter distances there."

She stressed the importance of her athletes to have consistent practices.

"We are battling with practice here with some of the girls playing soccer, too, so we really need them to continue to work extremely hard in practice," Ray offered.

LaRue runs in the Green County Invitational Saturday.