The Madison Central Indians made a statement in their “backyard “September 22 as they swept the boys’ varsity and junior varsity and girls’ varsity races at the Berea Invitational, held at scenic Alumni Field on the campus of Berea College.
“We’re really happy with the way all three teams did today,” said Bob LaDeur, Madison Central head coach. “Berea is a good course, fast at the beginning and at the end with some challenges in between.”
The Indians had strong showings in all categories, with Brennon Fields and Mason Crump finishing one-two in boys’ varsity and Grant Brockman and Wes Newman repeating the feat in the JV event. Central’s Gabriella Sabino finished second in girls’ varsity to Model’s Hannah Nmoromele.
“Our girls are racing the way we want them to right now, and the boys are running more negative splits,” said LaDeur. “Three years ago, we wouldn’t have had any shot to win at this course like we did today.”
Runners from nearly 20 schools navigated through wooded areas and a shallow creek on the college campus.
In boys’ varsity, Madison Central teammates Fields and Crump challenged each other with times of 17:42 and 17:46, while Ryan Strunk of McCreary Central finished third at 17:52. In the team standings, the host Berea Pirates placed second, with Rowan County third.
Nmoromele paced the girls’ field with a 21:10 time, while Sabino was a close second at 21:20 and Bryan Station’s Lauren Guilfoil came in third at 21:25. Model was second in the team standings with Harlan County third.
In JV, Bryan Station took second in the boys’ race, while the host Pirates placed third. On the girls’ side, Knox Central took the crown with Harlan County second.
Lexington’s Beaumont Middle School won both the boys’ and girls’ divisions for middle school. On the boys’ side East Jessamine came in second, and the Rowan County girls were runners-up in their division. East’s Mikah Bailey paced the boys in the 4K run at 14:19 followed by Harlan Independent’s Andrew Mills at 14:25 and Southwestern’s Matthew Jones at 14:27.
Beaumont’s girls had the top four middle school finishers: Annie Vandenberg at 16:47, Rhayna Bailey at 17:15, McKyla Harshbarger at 17:38, and Halle Terry at 17:52.
Southwestern’s boys and girls turned in strong showings in the 1600 meter elementary run, winning both divisions. In boys’ competition, Williamsburg’s Jamie Haus paced the field with a 6:51 time, while Madison Central’s Ryan Vincent and Dakota Hill were second and third respectively with times of 7:02 and 7:11. Bourbon County’s Lyndsay Johnson won the girls’ race with a time of 7:21. Southwestern had the next two finishers with Kaeona Phelps at 7:25 and Madison Rodgers at 7:30.