Four Henry County cross country runners qualified for state after strong showings at the Region 3 Class 2A meet on Oct. 22.

Jenna Bryant, Meg Golden, Akacia Kurtz and Olin Inscore-Essick ran individually at the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet on Oct. 28 at Bourbon County.

Inscore Essick led the Wildcats in the boys varsity 5000-meter run. He finished 17th with a time of 20:23.12. Jackson Holcomb was the next to cross the finish line in 32nd place with a time of 22:08.77.

Clark Willis and Mike Golden finished back-to-back in 39th and 40th place. Willis, a seventh-grader, ran a 23:27.78 and Golden clocked a time of 23:41.50. Evan Hamilton finished 45th with a time of 28:15.07.

In the girls varsity 5K race, Kurtz finished 12th with a time of 24:15.84. Bryant clocked a time of 26:53.14 for 16th place and Golden ended in 17th with a 27:12.68.

“Felt that the team run well considering that the meet was not what we were used to in the past. We tried to prepare ourselves for the changes the week before, but it seems that the changes to the meet were a bit to overcome for our athletes. Although it wasn't our best meet, and the results weren't what we wanted, we still have half of our runners representing Henry County High School at the state meet,” said head coach Shawn Golden. “Akacia Kurtz, Jenna Bryant, Meg Golden and Olin Inscore Essick will be lining up against the best that the state of Kentucky has to offer for one more race. Although we put in a lot of work and set a really high team goal at the beginning of the season, I couldn't be prouder of this team and all that they have accomplished.”