Today at Veteran’s Park in Lexington Kentucky Tates Creek High School hosted their annual invitational. This meet could not have had better running weather as it was mid 60s to start the morning, rising slowly in a clear sky to low 80s by the start of the middle school races. For the high school races there were runners representing ten different teams.
First for the morning was the Girls’ JV race which won by Leanne Dobias from Tates Creek in a time of 21:47. Dobias led out in a 6:37 mile followed close behind by two of her teammates (Anderson and C. Dobias, both respectively in 6:43 and 6:45 at the mile). L. Dobias pulled further away from her teammates in the last mile to pull of the win by a considerable margin, her two teammates followed closely behind in 22:01 and 22:51 respectively (Anderson, C. Dobias). The top five was finished out by Montague of Lexington Catholic in 23:41 and Buckner of Tates Creek in 23:50. For the team title Tates Creek took first with 17 points followed by Lexington Catholic (46) and Paul Dunbar (65) to complete the team scores for the JV Girls’ race.
Next for the morning slate was the Boys’ JV race. This race featured one of the state’s best boys’ programs, Trinity. Trinity made an impact early, at the first mile the top 8 were all trinity runners with Jake Hallion leading the way in 5:22 followed by Lang, Finney, Trent, and Bradford all in 5:24-25. At the two mile mark Evan Lang had taken the lead and came through at 11:40, 19 seconds ahead of Hallion, who both were a few seconds ahead of the rest of the pack. Crossing the line first was Evan Lang who powered out to a 75 meter lead and as he crossed the line he let out a loud- “LETS GO!” in excitement for his victory. Following in his footsteps were Hallion (17:39), Finney (17:45), Trent (17:58), and Bradford (18:14) completing the clean sweep for the Trinity Rocks.
First for the Varsity races was the Girls’ Varsity race. This race was blown open from the get-go as Emma Anderson (Tates Creek) and Rachel Effinger (Woodford County) led out in 5:40 miles, 17 seconds ahead of the next runner. Anderson opened up a slight lead by the two mile mark as she came in 12:50 now twelve seconds ahead of Effinger. Anderson pushed through and won in a time of 19:15 as Effinger was second in 19:26 followed by Kara Weaver of Tates Creek (20:12) and Lorren Sales also from Tates Creek (20:26). Using Anderson’s great finish and the close following by her teammates Tates Creek took the Girls’ Varsity team title with 21 points. Following TC was Henry Clay with 69 points and Lexington Catholic with 73 completing the top three teams.
The last race for the high school races was the Boys’ Varsity race, once again featuring the Louisville and statewide powerhouse, Trinity. The boys came to do some work at Veteran’s Park as they took seven of the top ten spots at the finish. Opening in the lead for Trinity was Sam Meredith in a time of 4:52 at the first mile! Closely behind Meredith was Adrian Lyttle of Tates Creek and Cody Parks of East Jessamine both in 4:58. Though it seemed like it wouldn’t be like the JV race at the mile, by the time the two mile rolled around it had become the Trinity show once again, except for one little thing, Cody Parks. Leading through the two mile mark was Meredith in 10:42 but close on his tail was Parks in 10:44 who just seemed like he wasn’t going to let go. Parks pulled it within about 5 meters with only 400 meters to go but Meredith pulled further away and demoralized any amazing kicks… Meredith won in a time of 15:46 which breaks the meet record (according to KYtrackXC.com) by 30 seconds! In second was Parks in 15:51, third was Noel a sophomore from Trinity in 16:14, and the only other two runners who were not Trinity in the top ten were Lyttle placing 6th (16:35) and Andrew Kirk (Henry Clay) in a time of 16:50. Placing for the teams were Trinity winning with 20 points, Henry Clay in second with 93 and Lexington Catholic with 96.
Overall, this was a great meet with the only problem that seemed to arise was the starter’s pistol; this proved to once again be a great invitational as teams start to gear towards the post season that is quickly approaching.