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After running at Grant County Park for years, the Grant County cross-country team will call a new course home this season.
They’ll have to learn the ins and outs of a new course, as the team will run at Sherman Elementary.
“We have a wonderful lay of land and it will be a quicker course than at Grant County Park,” coach Marlon Kinsey said. “We’ll miss the trails, but we do have some shade on the course. This course will be more out in the open.”
Sherman will host the Grant County Invitational on Sept. 12, but the first meet at the course will be a practice meet on Aug. 25.
Kinsey compared the new course to the state meet course at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
“This is going to be similar to that terrain,” Kinsey said. “It changes directions and I believe that makes it a little bit more entertaining for the athletes. It’s not just doing laps. Runners like courses that don’t repeat. Alumni liked the idea of the one-loop aspect.”
The course will be friendlier to spectators, who will be able to see a lot of the race, regardless of where they are positioned.
“This is going to be so spectator-friendly,” Kinsey said. “The crowd will be right in the middle of everything.”
Kinsey has worked hard over the past year to get the course ready for the season with a little work left to do before the first race. He hopes that the course will help cross-country grow in Grant County.
“I think in the end, this will be a premier course,” Kinsey said. “We can potentially hold larger events. I see a huge potential to promote cross-country and I think this will be a venue that will aid us in doing that.”