-- Nice sophomore performances on Saturday, Nolan Gerlach (Conner) 16:37 in Ohio and Brian Carlson (Lincoln County) 16:43 at Tiger Run.
-- Trinity rolled into Owensboro and took the win at the DC 6K Relay with only a partial squad. Their top four combined together to take the top two spots. (Eckert, Merkley, Hancock, Ireland) Looks like they will claim the #2 spot in Class AAA next week.
-- Class AAA #2 Bowling Green and #4 Daviess County went right after each other in the 6K Relay. Bowling Green took the top two pairs with Scott, Hansen, Peeples, and Wheeler. This was a battle of balance versus strength up front with BG's 1-6 balance winning. They will see each other again in Memphis on Saturday.
-- Butler's Patrick Gregory gets the first win in the battle of the Louisville area Class AAA runners beating Connor Sheryak by 3 seconds and Sam Lewis by 9 seconds.
-- Class AAA #1 St. Xavier rolled as expected placing 6 in the top 10. I am impressed that Coach Medley actually put them all together on one team instead of breaking them into two groups.
-- Speaking of St. Xavier the team is a senior loaded this year but don't feel too bad for them as they go 1-4 in the JV race led by sophomore William Mulloy's 17:13. It was 2nd place finisher Ben Metzger's first XC race ever and he went 17:55.
-- For a brief second I cursed Assumption Coach Barry Haworth when I found out Oldham County was sitting out their top girls on Saturday. Coach Haworth tried it last year and this year it looks like a trend as AA #1 North Oldham boys and Oldham County did the same.
-- Breakout performances by John Spencer of Lafayette and Maggie Allen of Sacred Heart at Tiger Run. Spencer was 12th overall with a 16:22 and Allen was 4th with a 19:08.
-- Cassidy Hale goes for 2nd reminding everyone she is the defending Class AAA Champ and she wants to keep that title.
-- Highlands showed well in Ohio against the typically strong Cincinnati schools. The girls ranked #3 in Class AA finished 3rd led by Lauren Ossege in 7th and Molly Mearns in 19th.
-- South Oldham had Keightley Dudgeon go down a couple times in the race on Saturday and she ultimately did not finish the race. This factors into the results big time especially when looking at the top 3 teams in Class A.
-- Highlands boys was running strong after being left out of the Pre-Season Class AA State Top 10. They went 17:19 - 18:29 in their top five. Top 10 props have been earned this early in the season.
-- South Oldham front three showed they are a force to watch in Class AA (Leonard Faul 16:41, Tanner Dowdy 17:02, and Cole Dowdy 17:05)
-- Bad news for AA Boys, North Oldham's 6th runner Matt Powers ran a 17:42 at Tiger Run.
-- I left Macy Dyer (East Carter) out of the individual preview and that was a mistake as she opens with a win at the Early Season XC Showcase with a 20:36, winning by over a minute.
-- AA Boys is very interesting as several teams looked really good for the 1st week, the potential gap between the top seven teams after North Oldham is pretty slim.
-- Holmes Licking River Run saw a battle of the partial squads as Class A #2 Newport Catholic and #5 DeSales were both short runners. Class A #10 Walton-Verona looks solid in the win missing some runners themselves.
-- Class A Defending Champion Jacob Thomson wins at Tiger Run which is no surprise at all.
-- St. Henry's boys #1 in Class A came into the season young and fairly inexperienced. Their results from Tiger Run do not look like that though as they have all five runners under 18:02 once again cementing their spot at #1 in Class A.
-- 3-time Champ Maddox Patterson finished 5th with a 19:28, but Holy Cross sophomore Karly Gawarecki was only 11 seconds back with a 19:39 in 7th place.
-- Murray's girls team caught my attention on Opening Day, August 20th with five under 22:45 in the small Advantage Quad Series I.
-- Holy Cross and St. Henry's girls put Class A on notice that they are two teams to watch. (Funny statement to make about traditional powerhouse, St. Henry)