September 01, 2012 @ Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, TN
Hosted by Christian Brothers University
The Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic is annually one of the best and fastest races that Kentucky athletes attend out of state. The usual cast of characters from Bowling Green, duPont Manual, Daviess County are going, along with new additions such as Apollo and Eastern.
This race is heavy with top runners from Tennessee and Arkansas, giving Kentucky a chance to shine against their best. Over the last few years Kentucky has had tons of success in Memphis. The last two years Daviess County's Whitney O'Bryan has been the runner-up (18:56, 18:49.) Last year, Patrick Gregory (Butler) was 3rd with a 15:58, while two years ago Daviess County's Evan Ehrenheim won the meet with a 15:18. Let's see if that trend continues.
Class AAA #2 Bowling Green won the meet last year and will to continue that on Saturday. Their group of runners remains intact for this year, Van Games led with a 19:45 in 11th place. This year they have added 8th grader Madisyn Peeples into the mix as well. Their pack should be tight knit all within 30 seconds of each other.
Their competition is the ladies of Daviess County who won the meet themselves two years ago. They are front strong with Claire Payne, Whitney O'Bryan, and Amelia Reynolds. Last year Abby Eades rolled with an 8th place finish on this course beating her teammate Reynolds. If that happens again this race will be really close.
Not to be forgotten is duPont Manual, they have defending Class AAA State Champion Cassidy Hale who should battle for the win and a really fast time. She opened up the season with a 2nd place finish at Tiger Run with a 18:45. There are good memories here for Cassidy as she won this meet as a freshman with a 18:46. It was her coming out party in a sense as a top runner. They are not a one person team by any means with sister Kristen and Christina Rucinski in the front mix as well.
Eastern out of Louisville is another school that should contend for a top five spot led by Charliann Garcia. The team race should be close between these three teams and Kentucky should load up the top 20 spots in the race.
The Varsity Boys race is a battle of AAA schools. # 3 Daviess County beat #2 Apollo at the opening KY-IN Border Clash 62-78. Then Saturday at the non-traditional Daviess County 6K Relay, Apollo beat Daviess. The battle should be tight up front with Daniel Southard (Daviess County) being the pick for the top Kentucky spot. Dusty Johnson, Alex O'Bryan, and Tristan Durbin of Apollo should be right behind him along with Cameron Quisenberry of Daviess. The battle between these schools will typically always come down to who is better at the 4-5 spot as both schools are loaded up front.
The boys of Eastern led by Charles Statler and Alex Ozier have a solid pack at 1-4. This is a chance for them to put their front four right there with Daviess County and Apollo's and put their name into the mix as a top five school.
Top 10 based on 2011 Times (ONLY KY SCHOOLS ARE ENTERED RIGHT)