With a couple of big races attracting most of the attention this weekend, let’s get a full recap of the weekend’s events.
Wayne County Invitational
GRC’s Tiffany Toler wins impressively in 20:13 ahead of Bell County’s Kelly Brown (20:53). AA #7 Bell County gets the win 53-72 over Southwestern.
Class A #3-ranked James Brown (Bell County) gets yet another win, this time in 16:18, ahead of GRC junior Alex White (17:08). North Laurel gets the win over GRC 80 – 100.
Wayne County Middle gets an impressive win, running four very strong on the 3k course.
Tates Creek Invitational
Tates Creek boys take four of first five spots to claim an easy win, while Henry Clay takes home the hardware in the girls’ race.
E.J. Hayes ladies and Beaumont boys score big wins in the MS races as Kylie Russ (LTMS) and Kendall Muhammad (Beaumont) take the individual titles on the 4k course.
Capitol View Classic
Todd Yoder leads West Jessamine to an easy victory on the boys’ side, while Franklin County ladies take first four spots to claim some hardware of their own.
Oldham County Middle sweeps the MS team titles, while Anderson County’s Josh Quire and Michaela Reinhart of the St. John School won the individual titles.
Carroll County Cross Country Cancer Cure Championships
Shelby County gets the win over Carroll County in both varsity races.
Walton-Verona XC Invitational
Class #7-ranked Madison Peace claims the title on her home course in 20:22 over Gabrielle Bergman of Cov. Holy Cross (11th in Class A, 20:34), while male counterpart Trevin Peterson is notably absent. Class A #4-rankedWalton ladies claim a close win over #9-ranked Cov. Holy Cross, while the Class A #10-ranked Cov. Holy Cross boys get the job done.
A couple of MS standouts make their cases for high school roster spots as 8th-graders Samantha Hentz of St. Henry and Walton Verona’s Noah Schell claim big wins. Team titles go to St. Henry ladies in a landslide and Twenhofel boys, while St. Therese sweeps the Elementary team titles.
Union County Arrowhead Invitational
Spencer County ladies put four in the first five behind Class AA #16 Christiana Shawver’s 21:32 victory. Class AA #4-ranked Cory Kleinjan of Spencer County took the boys’ title over AA #15 Jon Ashby of Webster County. Boys’ team title went to Webster after they put eight in the top 20 overall.
MS 3k titles went to Presley Warren of Holy Name (12:13) and Chance Oxford of Webster County (10:36).
St. Xavier Invitational (OH)
Class A #3-ranked Bishop Brossart took the Boys’ Varsity D2 team title behind #4-ranked Zach Holtkamp’s third place showing. Class AA 7th-ranked Covington Catholic was fourth in the team standings, 26 points back of Brossart. Dixie Heights’ Matt Reekers and Michael Menkhaus were 9th and 16th in the D1 race, both dipping under 17 minutes on the day.
Olivia Johnston of Bishop Brossart had a solid performance in the Girls D2 race, running 21:03, while Dixie Heights put four under 21:15 in the D1 race en route to a seventh place finish in the team standings.
Logan County Cougar Run
Krisston Sentor of Allen County-Scottsville placed 2nd overall in a race dominated by teams and individuals from Tennessee. The boys’ race was much the opposite, though, as Owensboro’s Zac Garrard (AAA #19) won in 16:47 over host Logan County’s Sye Head (AA #12). Class AA #6 Edmonson County’s boys romped, taking four of the top six spots and posting a 17:43 average on the day.
Daviess County Middle takes the girls’ race with the help of Kaleigh Chanley and Ashley Leach in 1st and 2nd overall. The DCMS crew was just as dominant in the boys’ race as Grant Carpenter and Elliott Wells took the first two spots to stake the squad to a big win.
Greater Louisville Classic
The girls’ race was another chance for some of the best in the state to take a shot at Sayre’s Maddox Patterson, but none could compare once again as Patterson claimed yet another big win in 18:19. Class AA #1 Jenna Rogers crossed 2nd (18:27) ahead of Class AAA # 3 Whitney O’Bryan (18:36) and AA #2 Caterina Karas (18:37). Big races for Louisville Collegiate’s Sarah Bode and Owen County’s Danielle Hoop individually, while #8 Ryle’s ladies made waves among the AAA schools, losing only to AAA #4 Daviess County among Kentucky squads. AA #2 Mercy was easily the best AA squad on the day, while A #3 Trimble County outdistanced the other Class A squads in the varsity race.
Of note was Sayre’s Phillipine Courturier winning the JV race in 20:45, which is a 90-second PR for the 8th grade standout and her score in the varsity race would have pushed Sayre just ahead of Trimble without normal #3 Mills Maloney breaking 33 minutes on the day. Sayre is making everyone in Class A nervous, but with serious #3, they must now be considered right along with that top three of St. Henry, Fairview, and Trimble County right now.
Plenty of individual action of note as the Class AAA individual rankings will get quite a shake-up as Greenwood senior Lindsay Mumley smacked a couple of ranked ladies, while Olivia Cason of Owensboro Catholic will likely find her way into the Class A rankings with her 20:09 performance.
Boys’ race results started with AAA #2 Evan Ehrenheim (Daviess County) and AA #1 Jared Scrabacz (South Warren) finishing 1-2 on the day in 15:44 and 15:50 respectively. Ashland Blazer’s Jon Renneker (AA #6) posted a nice 16:20 clocking to sneak ahead of AA #9 Nicholas Laureano (Lexington Catholic, 16:28), while A #7 Nicolas Waltman of Sayre and A #6 John Burke of Louisville Collegiate finished 15th and 16th overall as the fastest Class A performers on the day.
Brentwood High School dominated the team race, but we were waiting to see the results of the AAA battle between Butler, Apollo, and Daviess County. 11 points separated the three squads, with #3 Butler just dipping below #5 Apollo and #6 Daviess (125 – 134 – 136). Eastern will likely fall a bit in the AAA rankings, while Pulaski County and Male made strong cases to move up, finishing less than 50 points back of Eastern.
AA #2 Lexington Catholic laid a beating on AA #3 South Warren and might just snag the #1 spot this week. AA #5 Ashland Blazer confirmed their legitimacy with an 11th place showing on the day, while Collins might have realized that they are on the outside of the top five in Class AA looking in. Class A had #6 Trimble County finishing up on #5 Louisville Collegiate, while #9 Sayre was lurking very close to both squads at the end.
Midwest Meet of Champions
Emma Brink did her thing, taking yet another title in a season best time of 17:44. The Sacred Heart Academy squad ended up 10th overall in a race that was loaded with some of Ohio’s best. North Oldham’s Taylor Sanders and Colin Grandon had strong showings once again, but the rest of the varsity squad wasn’t very impressive, though the JV team did real damage and the Mustangs ended the day with twelve individuals clocking 18 flat or better.
Great American Cross County Festival
Louisville Holy Cross’ Jacob Thomson posted a 10th place finish in the Race of Champions and teammate Dominic Perronie was 26th. St. Xavier’s boys finished 10th overall behind only teams that were regionally ranked coming in. Connor Sheryak didn’t appear to have a great day, and St. X was only 21 points out of 7th place on the day, so they will hopefully gain some valuable experience from this trip and put themselves in position for a top two finish in a month and a half.
DuPont Manual’s ladies finished 5th as a team in the Race of Champions and have to feel great about their showing. They finished ahead of several teams that have warranted regionally rankings already this year and were just 31 points out of third place on the day.
Oldham County won the team title in the Girls White Division race, while Luke Weishaar won the boys’ race in the White Division in 16:06. The St. Xavier boys won the Red Division race as well, taking the 2nd place team ranking in the White Division race, just one point out of first.
SOMS State Tune-up
South Oldham ladies were incredible through four and held on to take a close team title ahead of North Oldham Middle, 38-42, while East Oldham also made it interesting, scoring 48 points. Erin Wilson of South Oldham took the individual title over Erin Edmundson of North Oldham (16:08 to 16:18, respectively).
Trenton Fryman of North Oldham beat up on another strong field to win in 14:38 and lead his squad to a relatively easy win over a solid East Oldham crew (31 – 42).