Movers and Shakers of Week 2
-- Cassidy Hale (duPont Manual) ran with the pack through the wind for the 1st mile and then left everyone behind to win big by 34 seconds. She also won Memphis as a freshmen in 2009.
-- Speaking of duPont Manual, they pulled off 2nd in Memphis led by Hale, but a huge performance from Mattie Gattbrath finishing 25th as their 4th runner really pushed them over the top.
-- AAA #2 Bowling Green lived up to the hype with the win in Memphis for the 2nd year in a row. Nice pack run as usual led by Ciara Scott.
-- The officials hurried the boys to the line before the clouds opened up to a downpour. With the being said times were slower than normal in Memphis, but Daviess County's Daniel Southard still rolled to a 5th place finish. DC boys were 3rd overall. Big performances by Kyle Johnson of Bowling Green finishing 16th overall leading them over top 10 ranked Eastern.
-- The Henry Clay Invitational brought us a AAA area Lexington battle with Tates Creek taking the win. They finished 1-2 in the boys and girls race. Adrian Lyttle and Emma Anderson pull the wins. Only if Lafayette would have showed up.
-- At Shelby County, Patrick Gregory cruised to the win with another solid performance by Meade County's Will Strickland in 2nd.
-- One of the best regional match-ups in November was quite a dual on Saturday as Nolan Gerlach (Conner) beat Brady Baker (Cooper) by four seconds at the Ryle Invitational. Both are only sophomores.
-- Cooper has seemed like a team on the rise over the last couple years with their younger runners and this past weekend they looked like a team that is getting ready to take off as a strong top 10 presence for seasons to come.
-- Being left out of a preview can motivate I would assume. Well Jensen Bales (Ryle) must have figured out I completely left her out of the Ryle Preview as she rolls to second place with a 19:31, beating regional foe Amy Hansen by 14 seconds.
-- Notre Dame's girls are back as a pack team as they go for the win at Ryle with a 3-5 gap of 20 seconds.
-- Great to see Elizabethtown's Hannah Godfrey back to where she left off last year as she wins the Raider Twilight with a 20:11. Like I said in the preview, watch out for Etown, they always manage to finish on a high note in November.
-- South Warren's Caroline Haas with a 1:10 PR to finish 2nd at the Raider Twilight Run was quite a showing.
-- Logan County's Sye Head with another strong race to win the Raider Twilight. He helped lead Logan County to the win over several top 15 AAA squads.
-- Speaking of the Raider Twilight, it was a nice preview of the Class AA Region 2 individual championship between Aaron Osborne (Warren East), Jonah Starling (South Warren), and the front trio from Edmonson County (Cody Hymer, Kenny Stethen, and Jacob Thien.)
-- The twins from South Oldham, Cole and Tanner Dowdy had another great race at the Shelby County Invitational. The future is bright for those two battling with fellow frosh Trenton Fryman of North Oldham.
-- Gabby Karas (Collins), only one word comes to mind..... WOW!!! She just left everyone behind in a solid race with the South Oldham girls.
-- South Oldham's girls looked more like what we expect this week with Keightley Dudgeon and Erin Wilson running back in the front.
-- It was Highland's #2 Ethan Shuley's first XC race ever on Saturday and he finished 22nd in a NKY loaded race at Ryle. He gives them a legit #2 to go along with #1 John Michael Griffith.
-- Jacob Thomson (Holy Cross) goes to Indiana and takes down the best runners in the state to win. His team is starting to some pieces together to move up. It is a lot easier to do when you start with a score of 1.
-- The same goes for the girls of Holy Cross as they have become a threat to win the Class A title with Karly Gawarecki up front. They were missing #3 Christa Brutscher over the weekend in Terra Haute.
-- Fairview Lyndsey Burke made a move up with a 22:01 getting within 30 seconds of AA's Macy Dyer.
-- Daniel Wolfer (St. Henry) shows he is veteran with experience as he wins the Ryle Invitational over the best in northern Kentucky.
-- Eric Baugh (Villa Madonna) was close enough to Wolfer on Saturday to make the individual race a little more interesting in that region.
-- Josh Hannon is making A #1 St. Henry that much stronger race by race as he trims that gap between #1 Wolfer and himself. He cut 10 plus seconds off between the last two Saturdays.
-- Walton Verona is a team that looks to be building some very solid depth and a nice pack which is makes them a huge plus in Class A. They don't have the strength up front of St. Henry, but in a smaller race like the regional that will not matter.
-- Byni Dugan (Ludlow) goes for her second win of the season at Ryle. Now she has to take down Lauren Ossege (Highlands) to claim the best in NKY.