The RCHS girls’ team won the Class 2A Region 5 Championship title at Mercer County on Saturday, dominating the competition and defeating runner-up Casey County by 23 points. Wayne County placed 3rd and Boyle County 4th. A frigid wind chill temperature of 23 degrees and some stiff competition was not enough to keep the Lady Rockets from winning their 7th regional championship title overall. With every RCHS girl placing in the top twenty, the team automatically qualified for the Class 2A State Cross-Country Championships next Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park. Team members included: (l to r) – Rakhi Patel, Autumn Courtney, Lanna Prewitt, Rachel Cain, Tori Dotson, Kensie Sheffield, Sierra Mercer, and Taylor Bullock.
RCMS 7th grader Tori Dotson won the Class 2A Region 5 Championship individual title at Mercer County on Saturday. Tori defeated one of the top runners in the state, senior Nikki Coffey from Boyle County, by 16 seconds. Tori’s awesome time of 19:44.03 under the freezing cold weather conditions was easily her best performance this season. Her amazing record-breaking season will continue next Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park as she begins her quest for her first Class 2A State Championship title and a berth on the all-state team. She enters the Class 2A State Championship meet ranked 5th overall and will be racing the best female distance runner Kentucky has ever produced in sophomore Gabby Karas from Martha Layne Collins High School.
RCHS freshman Grant Isaacs overcame the freezing cold conditions and placed 21st overall at the Class 2A Region 5 Championships at Mercer County on Saturday. Grant’s awesome time of 19:20.14 came very close to his all-time personal best. With his exceptional performance, Grant qualified individually for the Class 2A State Cross-Country Championships next Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park.