We are Watching Some of the Best Distance Girls of All Time

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As the 2018 track and field season has progressed, one thing has stuck out to me. The state is chalk full of high quality female distance runners. Sure, we have had incredible girls in the past with the likes of Emma Brink, Michaela Reinhart, Maggie Allen, Katherine Receveur, and Gabby Karas. However, the current line up across the state is as deep as it has ever been. Think about these names: Kathleen Simms, Breanna Alderton, Alena Sapienza-Wright, Phoebe McCowan, Victoria Dotson, Myecia Bright, Kaitlyn Lacy, Kailee Perry, and Jenna Strange. In past years, they each would be a state champion in one event or another. Yet, in this season some of them could place as low as 5th at the state meet. Seriously? 


With this observation, I thought (with some help of a suggestion by a coach) it would be interesting to see how many of the top marks these ladies have made during each year of their high school career. So, the seniors have had four years to make their mark on the scene. This senior class (Alderton, Lacy, and Simms) own three of the top ten 1600m times EVER run in the state of Kentucky as a senior (converted mile times are included in all 1600m stats).

RankPlaceTimeYear
1Breanna Alderton04:53.492018
2Michaela Reinhart04:53.662017
3Anna Bostrom04:54.062010
4Emma Brink04:54.672011
5Erin Edmundson04:55.052016
6Kaitlyn Lacy04:55.242018
7Maddie Schueler04:55.572004
8Kathleen Simms04:56.222018
9Maggie Allen04:57.242015
10Sara Graybill04:57.952000



Alderton's 2018 KY Dream Mile time converted to a 1600m ranks as #1 all time for a senior.


Alderton owns the #3 time ever run for a senior in the 800m.

RankPlaceTimeYear
1Emma Kuntz02:12.972017
2Jordan Wagenseller02:13.552002
3Breanna Alderton02:13.792018
4Emma Brink02:14.812011
5Maggie Allen02:14.822015
6Chani Clark02:15.202006
7Erin Edmundson02:15.342016
8Natalie Norman02:15.352009
9Katherine Alcorn02:15.372006
10Michaela Reinhart02:15.502017



Alderton ran that #3 all time senior time at the 2108 Eastern Relays


While Lacy and Simms are #3 and #4 in the 3200m for all time senior times.

RankPlaceTimeYear
1Maddie Schueler10:21.202004
2Michaela Reinhart10:25.262017
3Kaitlyn Lacy10:33.622018
4Kathleen Simms10:34.522018
5Anna Bostrom10:39.232010
6Ciara Scott10:50.942014
7Ann Eason10:51.232011
8Cassidy Hale10:52.832013
9Whitney O'Bryan10:53.882014
10Caroline Gosser10:55.102015



Lacy and Simms dueled at the 2018 Eastern Relays to go 1-2 and run the #3 and #4 times by a senior in Kentucky.


Throw in the fact that Michaela Reinhart graduated last year and we have been spoiled with female distance runners. Or is it that Kentucky is starting to really make a move into positioning some elite national-level distance runners? 


All of this is fun and all, but has this been sustained greatness? You betcha! Lacy, Simms, and Sapienza-Wright own 3 of the top 4 times EVER run in the 1600m for freshman. So we have been watching this group of girls place mark after mark on the leaderboards. Oh yeah and we have some more coming with Phoebe McCowan who is ONLY a freshman and owns the #6 time ever run by a freshman. 

RankPlaceTimeYear
1Gabby Karas04:53.732014
2Alena Sapienza-Wright05:00.202015
3Kaitlyn Lacy05:01.682015
4Kathleen Simms05:03.292015
5Cara Nichols05:03.891998
6Phoebe McCowan05:04.762018
7MacKenzie Edwards05:05.302000
8Leah Ryan05:06.402003
9Aimee Wellerding05:06.611998
10Kathleen Beumel05:07.211977



McCowan threw down the #6 freshman time at the 2018 Eastern Relays with her converted 5:06.54 mile.


Phoebe also has the #3 time in the 800m as a freshman with Victoria Dotson and McKenzie Bell at #6 and #7 respectively.

RankPlaceTimeYear
1Bryanna Lucas02:14.402015
2Gabby Karas02:14.662014
3Phoebe McCowan02:14.792018
4Emma Kuntz02:15.052014
5Jordan Wagenseller02:16.651999
6Victoria Dotson02:17.802017
7McKenzie Bell02:17.942017
8Jennifer Wilson02:18.101999
9Angie Lee02:18.561996
10Kaye Creech02:18.601989


Bottom line is that we are in the midst of a revolution of female distance runners in the state of Kentucky. Sit back and enjoy over the next two weeks before we graduate three of the greatest female distance runners this state has ever seen but do not think that we are done yet!


Below are the top 100 rankings for each grade level in the three distance events ALL TIME.

Freshman

sophomore

junior

senior

800m

800m

800m

800m

1600m

1600m

1600m

1600m

3200m

3200m

3200m

3200m

OVERALL RANKINGS REGARDLESS OF CLASS

800m

1600m

3200m

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