FRANKLIN COUNTY INVITATIONAL
September 22, 2012 @ New Horse Park in Lexington, KY
Hosted by Franklin County
Saturday at the Horse Park there will be great racing going on with a set of loaded Kentucky fields. Many of the top ranked runners and teams from across the classes and state will be in attendance.
The Varsity Boys race individually looks to be headlined by Class AA #1 Nicholas Laureano and Class AAA #4 Chase Geary. Laureano of Lexington Catholic is coming off a fourth place finish and new best time of 15:23. Geary of Muhlenberg County has taken down every runner that has challenged him from Owensboro, down to Paducah, over to Bowling Green. He won last week at the St. Mary Invitational with a 15:45. Geary is also the defending champion of this race.
They are the big two but they will have a nice size group right behind them led by one of the most improved runners in the state, John Spencer of Lafayette. He is coming off a 15:53 at Trinity. Nicholas Waltman (Sayre), Daniel Southard (Daviess County), Daniel Wolfer (St. Henry), Jonathan Taylor (Portland Christian) are other runners to watch out for along with whoever decides to lead Trinity and Daviess County. Flip a coin because it changes each week with both teams.
The team battle is between Class AAA #2 Trinity, #3 Daviess County, and #4 Apollo. Trinity came to Owensboro to open the season with a partial squad and handled both schools with ease. Last week, Trinity was able to beat both at their home meet, the Trinity Invitational. With a top 20 that should be heavy with runners from all three schools this race should be relatively close for the team win.
Class A #1 St. Henry, Class AA #2 Lexington Catholic, and Class AAA #7 will fight it out for the tops in the next group of teams.
The Varsity Girls race is a chance for Gabby Karas to further her status as one of the top runners of the future in the south. The Martha Layne Collins 8th grader had a breakout performance here last year coming within a second of beating the race winner Whitney O'Bryan of Daviess County. O'Bryan and her teammate Claire Payne should be the top challengers to Karas along with Oldham County's Caroline Grogan, and Class A #1 Maddox Patterson. O'Bryan got the best of Payne and Grogan last week at the Valkyrie Invitational with an 18:30 to their 18:51 and 18:58. This race should produce a pretty fast time with this group pushing each other up front.
The team battle is between AAA # 4 Oldham County and # 5 Daviess County. Oldham County was able to get the best of Daviess last week with a 2-5 gap of only 25 seconds between 19:40 and 20:05. Class AA #1 South Oldham beat a shorthanded Daviess County squad at the Owensboro Invitational two weeks ago. Eaton (OH) is another team to watch.