Louisville Runners Positioned for Big Day at Colonel Charge

Paris, Ky. is home to the world's tallest three-story building, two replicas of the Eiffel Tower and - this weekend - a cross country meet that's sure to entertain.

The Bourbon County Colonel Charge is set for Saturday at Bourbon County Park. The site probably sounds familiar for race fans - it's where the KHSAA Cross Country State Championships were staged the last two years, and where those meets will be contested in October.

Defending Class 2A KHSAA titiist Caden Miracle (Bell County) makes his season debut here. His time of 16:04.67 was the fastest across all KHSAA meets last October, and he's since set a personal record; Miracle ran 15:43.76 at the Eastbay South Regional on Nov. 27, 2021. His time is the only sub-16 minute seed on the entry list.

Caden Miracle won the 2021 KHSAA State Cross Country Championship

Jessica Secor (Dupont Manual) paces the girls' field with a seed time of 18:05.90, a mark she set in her freshman season. The three-time defending Jefferson County Public Schools champion top runner was less than a second from matching her career mark last December during the Garmin RunningLane Cross Country Championships; she finished 12th there, and first among all Kentuckians, with a time of 18:06.48.

Here are some other quick observations about this year's event.