September 01, 2012 @ Ryle in Union, KY
The Ryle Invitational probably has the most depth out of all the meets being held in Kentucky this weekend. Pretty much all of the best teams and runners in northern Kentucky will be there. Last year, the meet was cancelled due to excessive heat before the Varsity races began and this year rain could be a problem. Hopefully it goes off because it should be a good one.
The Varsity Girls race brings us a surging Highlands squad as the favorite. The AA #3 ranked team is led by consistent Lauren Ossege who looks to be an individual favorite as well. The team under new Head Coach Brian Alessandro competed well finishing 3rd at the Moeller Invitational loaded with Cincinnati area schools. Freshmen Molly Mearns was just forty-three seconds behind Ossege last week giving the team an anchor at #2 to mix it up with most schools #1's.
Class AAA NKY power Notre Dame led by improving Amy Hansen is another school to watch out for. They might not go for the win tomorrow but in typical Notre Dame fashion they should be primed by November. Class A #2 Bishop Brossart will look to beat #10 St. Henry who looked good last week at Tiger Run despite losing six of their top seven runners from last year.
Individually, Hansen and Ossege should head to front and try to leave everyone behind. Others to watch out for include Skyler Green of Notre Dame, Samantha Hentz and Taylor Connett of St. Henry along with Olivia Nienaber of Bishop Brossart. Byni Dugan of Ludlow opened up with a win at Holmes last week with a 21:16 last week, she and the Ludlow girls are ready to mix it up as well.
The girls race will also show a glimpse of what we can expect from the northern Kentucky Class A Girls school in the annual fight locally that becomes the fight for top five at state as a team.
The Varsity Boys team race is led by Class A #1 St. Henry. They ran really well last week at Tiger Run placing their top five under 18:02. Daniel Wolfer should go after the win individually with their young pack filling in the bottom part of the top 10. If that happens they win going away. Behind them should be Cooper led by Brady Baker, who will battle with Wolfer for NKY supremacy this season. The rest of the top five boys teams are a toss-up depending who actually runs their whole team. Covington Catholic and Highlands will duke it out Class AA style for top five. Class A #2 Newport Central Catholic was missing runners last week and #10 Walton Verona beat them, so NCC has another shot at WV this week. This boys meet has class battles in the midst of the one giant race. Nolan Gerlach of Conner is another name to watch for the win.
Top 10 Runners based on 2011 Average Times