Class AA Boys is another open race with no defending champion back. Lexington Catholic's Nicholas Laureano has moved onto the college ranks, so let's look at the potential suitors to replace him atop Class AA.
After track season the name that sticks out the most is John Michael Griffith, senior at Highlands. He threw down PRs at every distance (800m 2:00.74, One Mile 4:26.78, 3200m 9:38.43.) He won the 3200m title at the State Track Meet over Tanner & Cole Dowdy who have moved onto Class AAA. JMG has made a habit of showing up big when it counts all the way back to March with double victories in the 1500m and 800m at the Mason-Dixon Games.
The next name is the one of the makes people wonder the most, Trenton Fryman from North Oldham. Fryman popped off the fastest returning time 15:54 in Class AA by over 30 seconds last year at the Trinity Invitational. Sub 16 in September as a frosh turned some heads but he then had to shut down his XC season not running in the post-season at all. He came back for indoor running 4:38, but then had to shut down his track season in March. The talent is there and he leads the #1 team in Class AA in North Oldham.
The next group is full of runners who all are within 14 seconds of each other based on returning times from the Horse Park. Iszack Whitsell, Adam Sandidge, Mark Ventura, Trevor Shearer, Ethan Shuley, Aaron Osborne, Luke Tarvestad, Brian Menke, Jeremy Jackson, and Cole Grecco all fit in here. Grecco ran the fastest 1600m in this group in the spring with a 4:29, while Shuley led the bunch with a 9:48.90 in the 3200m. Sandidge, Menke, and Grecco all went sub 10 as well in the spring.
New Class AA runner Brandon Price from Bardstown is a tremendously strong runner and has a shot of being up there. (51.87 400m, 2:04.73 800m, 4:38.14 1600m, and a leg on the 4x800m at the track regional last spring.) Nick Robinson (Mason County) was the Class AA 1600m State Meet runner-up with a 4:26.63, that speed will give him an edge of several in Class AA. Holmes Cameron Johnson is a very interesting runner to watch, he ran a 17:52 last year but then went from 5:00 flat in the 1600m to 4:33 in a matter of three weeks. The speed of sub 2 runners Connor Cloyd (CAL) and Jake Edmunds (South Warren) make them dark horse threats.
Class AA is very senior heavy this fall up front, so the biggest jumps could potentially come from the youth of Fryman (sophomore), Shuley (sophomore), and even incoming frosh, Austin Shackleford from Bell County (2:03.11 800m as an 8th grader.) Let the battle begin!!!!