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Dillow, Buser run well at state meet

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By John Herndon

LEXINGTON – Anderson County runners Austin Dillow and Dylan Buser put forth strong showings at the state Class 3A cross country meet, held at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday.
Dillow, a junior competing in his third state meet finished 79th out of 228 runners with a time of 17:54.63. Dillow was almost 1.5 seconds faster than last year in the 5K race.
Buser, a sophomore, turned in an 18:17.91, good enough for 112th place. Buser, in his first year at Anderson County, had competed at the state last year for Union County in Class 2A. He shaved better than 33 seconds off his time on the same course this year.
Evan Ehrenheim, of Daviess County, took the individual championship with a 15:33.24. Louisville Trinity claimed the team championship, outdistancing arch-rival St. Xavier.
“I thought they did a good job,” said Anderson co-coach Rich Nolan said of his runners.
“It has been our goal to qualify for the state,” added co-coach Scott Ellis.
Dillow was running near the front for most of the first half of the race, but eventually the leaders eased in front of the rest of the field over the last two miles.
“It was all right,” Dillow said. “I am satisfied with the race but I could have done better.”
Buser seemed very happy with his result, saying, “I ran quite a bit better (at the state) than I did last year.”
Neither runner felt he was slowed considerably by the jostling and bumping that goes on until the pack sifts as the race goes on.
“That is pretty normal,” Nolan said. “I thought they did a good job.”

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