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For the rest of the North Central Kentucky Conference, Oct. 12 was a bittersweet day. Although everyone in the conference respects Owen County senior Danielle Hoop, they also may be happy to see her graduate. Why? Then one of their runners might have a chance to win the NCKC Championship.
Hoop won her fourth straight conference championship last week and the fifth in the last six years. The senior finished the race 29 seconds ahead of Madison Peace from Walton-Verona.
The five NCKC titles broke the old record set by former Lady Rebel runner Christina Brown who won in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992. The only year Hoop did not win the race was her eighth-grade year when she was injured.
“It feels awesome to have a school record as huge as that,” Hoop said.
The fact that she now owns the record over Brown is not lost on the senior runner.
“To take it away from someone as talented as Christina Brown makes me stand back and look at how huge of an accomplishment it is,” Hoop said.
If Hoop makes it back to the state cross-country meet, it would also set a record of six appearances in the race.
While she said that winning never gets old, she also knows that winning the NCKC is not her No. 1 focus.
“The ultimate goal is to win state,” Hoop said.
In order to do that, Hoop said she needs to get past a pair of super runners – Kaitlin Snapp from Danville and Maddox Peterson from Sayre.
Both are Class A state champions.
Before she can think about the state meet, she must first focus on the Region 5A Meet, which is scheduled for Nov. 6 in Owenton.