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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OVERALL RANKINGS REGARDLESS OF CLASS
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