Only a few teams have been able to keep their fall sports seasons alive as October came to a close.
Several athletes on those teams put up strong performances, but a few stood out above the rest. Bracken County’s Jared Jefferson and Augusta’s Emma Young earned Player of the Week honors, while the Augusta boys’ cross country team earned this edition of the Performance of the Week.
Jefferson continued a strong cross country season with a first place finish at the Class 1A, Region 5 meet at Lykins Park in Winchester on Saturday. His time of 16:58 was four seconds faster than Lexington Christian’s Adam Wier, who entered the race as the top seeded runner. The title is the first in Bracken County history. The Polar Bears finished second at the meet behind Lexington Christian with 53 points.
Young was the only runner Augusta had at the Class 1A, Region 5 girls’ race Saturday at Lykins Park, but she was able to come away with a medal. The eighth grader finished sixth with a time of 21:49, claiming the first individual qualifying spot for the state meet on Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The Class 1A girls’ race is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
The Augusta boys’ cross country team was able to accomplish something for the first time since the program was revived seven years ago – qualifying an entire team for the state meet. The Panthers had sent individuals to the Kentucky Horse Park recently, but a sixth place finish in the Class 1A, Region 5 meet earned the whole squad a chance to run in Lexington this weekend. David Reed, who qualified as an individual a season ago, finished 26th with a time of 19:41 on Saturday to lead the Panthers. Conner Snapp finished 29th (20:04), Seth Fouts finished 34th (20:31), Adam Sallee finished 36th (20:44) and Clayton Jamison finished 41st (20:56) to round out Augusta’s top five, which finished with 148 points – two more than fifth-place Owen County and 40 more than Frankfort, who finished seventh.
The Class 1A boys' race is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.