This past weekend, four of the top distance runners in the state went down to the Music City Distance Carnival for an opportunity to post a solid time as we gear up for the upcoming cross country season. They completed their mission with all four setting a personal record and cementing their position as favorites for the fall.
For the ladies, defending Class AAA state champion, Ciara O'Shea of Madison Central, threw down a 10:48. Her time was 17 seconds faster than her previous best of 11:05. This is par for the course for O'Shea as she continues to exert her dominance on the distance scene in Kentucky. The sophomore won the state championship as a freshman and had 40 seconds to spare on second place. We have said it before, we are in the presence of greatness for the next three years!
In the race for the gentlemen, three contenders toed the line. Coming in with the best time was Fern Creek's Jimmy Mullarkey who had an incredible time drop with a 9:14. His previous personal best in the 3200m was 9:40. That 26 second drop is a tough 26 seconds to get and he did it in style, under the lights! Lafayette senior, Will Cahill was also in attendance and completed the 3200m race in 9:22 (a 24 second PR). Rounding out the Kentucky contingent was Western Hills' Griffin Staude with a 9:29. His drop was the most significant. Having never broken the 10-minute mark (PR of 10:03), his 34 second PR puts Class AA on notice!
Congratulations to our Kentucky athletes who had an eventful weekend!