Is the Junior Class the Greatest Class in Kentucky History?

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Is the Junior Class the greatest class in Kentucky history?  That is tough to say exactly as there as been a whole lot of running over the last 100 years in Kentucky.  But it is proof positive that at this point the junior class is the best over the last eight seasons of track KYtrackXC.com has covered.  Let's look at the chart below as a starting point.  The Class of 2014 blew away the rest of the previous sophomores years with ease on the boys and girls side.

Before this group the best boys group in my mind had always been the Ryan Eaton, Stacey Eden, Robbie Scharold, James Maglasang, and Jackson Carnes led group from 2010.  After their sophomore year in 2008 it was clear they had depth as seen from the chart below which makes them close to the 2014 group, but they only had one under 4:26 that year (Ryan Eaton, Greenwood) while 2014 has four.  The same goes in the 3200m as only Jackson Carnes, St. Xavier went under 9:41 while 2014 rolled out five.  Butler's Patrick Gregory in the class of 2014 leads both distances with a 4:13 and 9:10.

Gregory and Muhlenberg County's Chase Geary have already bested the high school PR of everyone from the Class of 2010 including the great Ryan Eaton's 9:14.58.  Eaton still has everyone in 2014 with his best of 4:11.89 in the 1600m.  If the Class of 2014 can produce college times like the Class of 2010 watch out.  (Matt HIllenbrand & Adam Kahleifeh 4:06)

The girls side is as clear as looking through a piece of glass.  No previous group from the last eight years can get close to the Class of 2014.  Assumption's Katherine Receveur and Bailey Davis have already gone under the 5 minute mark making them top 9 All-time in Kentucky regardless of age.  Four of the group from 2014 have already crossed into the top 36 on record All-Time on KYtrackXC.com.  The 3200m is more of the same as five girls from 2014 have made it into the top 48 on KYtrackXC.com's All-Time List. This junior girls group has been making waves for a long time all the way back to middle school when Emily Bean and Daviess County's Whitney O'Bryan dominated at the KTCCCA Middle School State Meet in 2010.  Bean won the 3200m running a 11:33, while O'Bryan won the 1600m..  The craziest part of this is the fact that Receveur, Davis, and Bowling Green's Lauren Wheeler did not even run the 3200m.  Looking at their cross country PR's, sub 12 would be in reach for all three. 

How will this explosion of crazy, fast times translate to the 5000m run in cross country, time will tell.  But this does show us that the next two years should be awesome for distance running in Kentucky, especially since the Class of 2013 has several front-runners the junior group has been chasing.

 

Soph. Year

Class of

G-3200m

Sub 12

G-1600m

Sub 5:20

B- 3200m

Sub 10

G-3200m

Sub 4:30

2014

12

10

7

8

2013

4

2

3

4

2012

2

2

2

0

2011

5

3

4

3

2010

5

3

6

5

2009

6

0

3

0

2008

3

2

1

1

2007

1

1

2

1

 

2012 Class of 2014 Times

1600m

Rank

Time

Athlete Name

Team

C/O

Date

Meet

1.

4:13.25c

Patrick Gregory

KY Butler

2014

05/04/2012

Kentucky Dream Mile

2.

4:21.94c

Nick Eckert

KY Trinity (Louisville)

2014

05/04/2012

Kentucky Dream Mile

3.

4:21.95c

Chase Geary

KY Muhlenberg County High School

2014

05/04/2012

Kentucky Dream Mile

4.

4:25.97

Max Mudd

KY St. Xavier

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

5.

4:27.60

Jimmy Goldson

KY Pulaski County

2014

03/30/2012

Pulaski County Invitational

6.

4:28.88

Nicholas Waltman

KY Sayre

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

7.

4:29.14

Nathan Riggs

KY Campbellsville

2014

05/17/2012

Kentucky State Track Meet

 

3200m

Rank

Time

Athlete Name

Team

C/O

Date

Meet

1.

9:10.45

Patrick Gregory

KY Butler

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

2.

9:12.80

Chase Geary

KY Muhlenberg County High School

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

3.

9:28.65

Nicholas Waltman

KY Sayre

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

4.

9:38.70

Daniel Southard

KY Daviess County

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

5.

9:40.82

Christopher Striegel

KY St. Xavier

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

6.

9:50.64

Jonathan Taylor

KY Portland Christian

2014

05/17/2012

Kentucky State Track Meet

7.

9:53.86

Nick Eckert

KY Trinity (Louisville)

2014

03/20/2012

Shelby County All-Comers

8.

9:58.53

Logan Hurd

KY Christian County

2014

05/11/2012

Region 1 AAA

 

1600m

Rank

Time

Athlete Name

Team

C/O

Date

Meet

1.

4:56.84

Katherine Receveur

KY Assumption

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

2.

4:58.73c

Bailey Davis

KY Assumption

2014

05/04/2012

Kentucky Dream Mile

3.

5:07.34c

Lauren Wheeler

KY Bowling Green

2014

05/04/2012

Kentucky Dream Mile

4.

5:08.28c

Ciara Scott

KY Bowling Green

2014

05/04/2012

Kentucky Dream Mile

5.

5:11.01c

Emily Bean

KY Assumption

2014

05/04/2012

Kentucky Dream Mile

6.

5:11.70c

Rose Jolly

KY Butler

2014

05/04/2012

Kentucky Dream Mile

7.

5:15.06c

Christina Rucinski

KY duPont Manual

2014

05/04/2012

Kentucky Dream Mile

8.

5:18.38

Kenzley Defler

KY Assumption

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

9.

5:18.93

Caitlin Carroll

KY Sacred Heart Academy

2014

04/03/2012

St. Xavier JV Meet

10.

5:19.02

Caroline Grogan

KY Oldham County

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

 

3200m

Rank

Time

Athlete Name

Team

C/O

Date

Meet

1.

11:05.80

Emily Bean

KY Assumption

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

2.

11:15.54

Whitney O'Bryan

KY Daviess County

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

3.

11:19.98

Ciara Scott

KY Bowling Green

2014

05/11/2012

Region 2 AAA

4.

11:21.42

Kenzley Defler

KY Assumption

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

5.

11:23.92

Caroline Grogan

KY Oldham County

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

6.

11:35.68

Rose Jolly

KY Butler

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

7.

11:45.10

Chaley Trail

KY Grayson County

2014

05/11/2012

Region 2 AAA

8.

11:45.33

Christina Rucinski

KY duPont Manual

2014

04/24/2012

St. Xavier JV Meet

9.

11:53.63

Amelia Reynolds

KY Daviess County

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

10.

11:53.88

Kyndel Guyton

KY Assumption

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

11.

11:54.33

Caitlin Carroll

KY Sacred Heart Academy

2014

05/10/2012

Region 4 AAA

12.

11:56.92

Kate Crawford

KY Assumption

2014

04/27/2012

Eastern Relays

 

 

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