Double S Stampede Recap
The rolling hills of the Double Stink Hog Farm just outside of Georgetown, KY were graced with perfect weather for Cross Country as the skies were clear and the temperature hung around the upper 50s. The first race of the day, Boys Varsity was shot off at 9am right on the dot and from that point on, the meet could have been classified as the Paul Lawrence Dunbar show. A large pack formed at the front early, but heavily characterized by 4 Dunbar runners, led by Malik Mahmud and Kendell Muhammed, and Shelley Deharte of Rowan County. Throughout the second half of the race, Dunbar consistently had their top 7 in the top 10 of the field. Mahmud pulled away from the pack and his fellow teammates in the third mile, taking the victory in 16:29. Four Dunbar athletes followed him: Kendall Muhammed (16:48), Kyle Sprague (16:50), William Keplinger (17:06), and Joseph Ash (17:06) giving them a perfect score for the meet. Deharte was the first non-Dunbar runner to come in at 6th place (17:07). Dunbar obviously took home the victory with their perfect 15, followed by Scott Co with 77 and Franklin Co with 85.
In the Girls varsity race, two of the notable competitors and teams were not in attendance. Woodford Co., led my Mia Cornette, and Boyle Co., led by Nikki Coffey, did not end up coming to the meet as told in the preview. Despite a couple big names not competing, the race was not devoid of talent and strong performances. Ashley Lawhorn of Franklin Co. opened the race with a blistering pace and held there for the entirety of the race. Opening in a 6:05 mile, she set the pace for the rest of the athletes to follow. Behind her was Dove DeNigris of Western Hills who came through in 6:15, followed by Abby Florence and Lindsee Tippetts of Dunbar in 6:25. Lawhorn continued to hold the lead through the 2-mile with a 12:47, chased by Florence (13:06) and Denigris (13:07). Lawhorn took the win with a 20:00 followed by Florence (20:11) and Tippetts (20:36) who both ran very controlled races. DeNigris took 4th in 20:47 and Lauren Harris of Lexington Catholic rounded out the top 5 with a 21:06. From the team aspect, Dunbar dominated this race as well winning with 30 points. Scott Co took second with 43 and Western Hill placed third with 83 points.
The Junior Varsity races was a showcase of Dunbar’s depth with their guys team taking the win with another 15 point score and the girls team missing out on perfection just barely, but still winning with only 16 points.
This race showed that Dunbar is a force to be reckoned with within their region of the state and although they have a lot of work to do to maybe sneak up into the podium stand and win a trophy, there are great things going on at their program and athletes are putting down some serious times. The overall meet atmosphere was very friendly and a great venue to watch a cross country race. I look forward to watching this meet grow!