As the calendar flips from 2022 to 2023, we are highlighting some of the top moments of the year. We have five male and five female moments, plus one with both! These are in no particular order, but we will ensure that the articles will alternate between the male and female moments. We have also included a poll in each of the articles for you to vote for your favorite moment from 2022! Voting will close on January 3 at 5:00 PM.
The duPont Manual crew battled all season to get to a position to win a state championship with a talented group of ladies. Coming into the KHSAA State Championship, they had competed against Assumption once all season and that was the first races of the season at the Bourbon County Colonel Charge (coincidentally...or not...at the state meet course). On that day in August, the Rockets of Assumption bested Manual by 2 points. Now, we all know the first regular season meet does not indicate your potential for the season, but this one did give everyone an idea of where teams stood.
So what did Manual do moving forward? Just go out and steadily improve with each meet, all culminating in a state meet performance that brought a title back home. The ladies of Manual won their region meet by placing all five scorers top seven. If it hadn't been for Savannah and Caroline Mooney from Bullitt East in second and third, they would have had a perfect 15.
Led by the University of Tennessee signee, Jessica Secor, this group of young talent threw down 77 points to Assumption's 106. This was a far cry from the 2 points that separated the sqauds early in the season. Here might be the best part, the remaining scorers for Manual (Bailee Montgomery, Emerson Wyatt, Maggie May, and Flora Biro) are all coming back next year. They will have their work cut out for them as Assumption returns all five of their scorers. The 2022 edition went to Manual and brought them back to the pinnacle of cross country in our state.