November 03, 2012 @ Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, KY
Hosted by Daviess County
"Going for the Win"
This is a race between teammates, Whitney O'Bryan and Claire Payne from Daviess County have battled back and forth multiple times this year with each getting the best of the other. O'Bryan seems to have her number in the bigger meets(Greater Louisville, Fast Cats), where as Payne seems to take the smaller meets (ex. Owensboro City County.) O'Bryan has owned the this region winning the two of the last three years, so experience is in her favor, but Payne is a senior with only two XC races left for extra motivation.
Daviess County has won this regional five years in a row and that trend should continue on Saturday. Based on average times run this season they have five of the top seven runners in the region. They will be 1-2 with Amelia Reynolds going after third place. The top three alone puts them out of the reach of everyone else. Reynolds will receive some pressure from the front duo of Muhlenberg County (Aliah Fueller and Lindsey Mathis.) The duo lead a Mustang squad that will fighting for second place overall in the team race. With two potential top five placing they are in good shape. Owenboro and Graves County will give it all to overtake Muhlenberg County. Graves has two strong with Josie Lavey and Sydney Anderson, but is not at full strength as they cannot run their typical scoring squad due to the 7th grade requirement post-season requirement . Owensboro has three veterans up front with Rachel Keeley, Marisa Derenzo, and Alex Girten. The 4-5 battle will settle this race for third place.
"Going for the Win"
Chase Geary (Muhlenberg County) is undefeated this season against western Kentucky and look for that to continue as he preps to go after a possible state title next week.
In what should be no surprise at all, Daviess County will battle Apollo for the win. These two squads are very familiar with each other as they have raced head to head 9 times this season. This battle will be close even though recent results would not show that. At Owensboro City-County, Daviess took it straight to Apollo beating them 19 to 46. But Apollo was down Tristan Durbin at the time and he came back big time at Christian County on October 20th running a 16:35 to finish 3rd overall. Daviess will look to get the first two across the line in Daniel Southard and Cameron Quisenberry. Apollo will then counter with their big three Durbin, Dusty Johnson, and Alex O'Bryan. Obviously, whoever gets their four-five across first will probably win but a bigger factor is the other runners in the region. Whichever team, Daviess or Apollo that gets it 1-2-3 in before the rest of the region will be in the best shape to win. If Zac Garrard (Owensboro), Logan Hurd (Christian County), and Marcos Macias (Graves County) squeeze into the top six this could be bad news for one of the teams.
Behind the two, the upstart Graves County Eagles look to be in solid shape for third with Macais and Seth Anderson leading the way. Owensboro should slide into fourth possibly receiving some pressure from Henderson County and Madisonville North Hopkins.