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Most intriguing State event (distance)?
Joined: Aug 2009
This ties into the topic of the number of events for a distance runner at State… What do you think the most intriguing distance event is going to be this weekend? Girls AAA 4X800, Could SHA win it if they run Allen and Simms? Girls AAA 800, Allen vs. Receveur Girls AAA 3200, O’Bryan vs. Bowling Green Boys AAA 4X800, Can St. X win it if they do not run Mulloy? Boys AAA 800, how deep is the field for the win? 4 or 5? Boys AAA 3200, Striegel vs. Southard Girls AA, Karas vs. the clock Boys AA 4X800, Highlands vs. North Oldham Boys AA 1600, Fryman vs. Highlands - is the 4X800 a factor? Boys AA 3200, If Sandidge does not run the 1600 is he the favorite? Girls A 1600, Gawarecki, Gosser, Patterson, Smith - decided in last 100? Girls A 3200, Gosser, Gawarecki, Patterson, Smith – Part 2 Boys A 1600, long day for Baugh and Caldwell? Boys A 800, Baugh vs. Caldwell – Part 2 Boys A 3200, Is Taylor the favorite with fresh legs? I personally think it’s tough to pick between the Girls AAA 3200, Boys AAA 800, and Girls A 1600. Several distance events will be close but the 3 of these could be very exciting.
Joined: May 2013
I'd have to say both girls and boys 4x800 relays in the Class AAA meets are going to be very interesting and could very well set the tone for the rest of the meets for their respective teams. Can't wait to see those races!!
Joined: Apr 2008
The girls 2A 3200 will be interesting. Karas will have already ran the 1600 and 800. She has no gear other than full out and she will be going after the records as well so her against Reinhart in the 3200 will be close considering Reinhart will have done the 1600 and not the 800 and 1600 like Karas. The girls 3A 4x8 will be interesting depending on who Assumption and Sacred Heart decide to put on their relays. Also watch out for Manual, they could play spoilers like last year. Their relay will have a few seniors on it that want to go out with another 1st place medal around their necks! The 800 and 1600 will be very competitive between Maggie and Katherine, but watch out for Patterson of Ryle who always seems too push the pace in the beginning of the 800 and try and hold on as long as possible. The girl from Bryan Station just ran 2:19 a few days ago, look for her to be in the mix as well! Either way it'll be a great two days of racing and good luck to everyone racing!! Another side note will be the girls 3A 3200. It'll be a battle between Ciara, Madisyn, Whitney and don't forget about Bailey Davis as well. Three seniors in the top will make it a great race for sure! Unfortunately Bean won't be racing in the 3200 to mix it up as well!
Joined: Aug 2010
I agree with @mdkk1 that [b]the AAA 4x800 races[/b] will start things off with a bang. Last year we saw 13 teams run 10:00 or faster in the state final. Six of these girls teams have already broken 10:00 with another 3 under 10:04. I think AHS will recapture this event with DM and SHA nipping at their heels. BG, Male, DC, OC, Eastern, and Bryan Station all have the potential to finish top 5. As stated previously, substitutions will have a big impact on relay results. [b]For the girls AAA 1600m[/b], Allen (SHA) will have no problem defending her title. Receveur (AHS) should claim the runner up spot, but Wheeler (BG) and Simms (SHA) will make her earn it. Watch out for Reynolds (DC), a very tough competitor, Guilfoil (BS) who appears to be pretty sharp, and Carrico (AHS) who has 2:22 speed. Lacy of Male (8th grade) is having a great season, but she will be up against very experienced girls. [b]The girls AAA 800m[/b] will be more exciting then the 1600m. Only a couple of seconds separate most of the top girls, so a tactical race could leave a tight finish. Allen will defend this title as well, but Receveur will be breathing down her neck. Guilfoil has also broken the 2:20 mark and poses a threat to the top two spots. Wright of AHS has run 2:20 and Hansen (2:21) of BG looked strong holding off Pennington of CH last week. Kuntz (DM) also ran well last week with a 2:22 win over teammate Gottbrath (2:25). @LP10 might be right about Patterson (Ryle), but pushing the pace and doing the work in this race could prove costly. This race will favor the strategist. Super exciting and too close to call. [b]The girls AAA 3200m[/b] should be a great race as well. Leading the way are 4 girls who have already cracked the 11:00 mark this season: Scott (BG) is the 2014 Eastern Relays 3200m champ, O'Bryan (DC) is the defending XC champion, Davis (AHS) is the 2012 XC champ and Peeples (BG) is the 2013 XC runner up. Davis and Peeples were also 6th and 4th, respectively, at the 2013 NXN Southeast region. While these girls look like solid bets for the top spots, SHA girls Carroll and Buechler along with seniors Defler (AHS) and Rucinski (DM) will hang around late into the race and possibly make a run at a top spot. Poppell (BE), Boling (DC) and Vincent (B) could also crack the top 8.
Joined: Sep 2006
@jscott To quote a twitter post by Prof, we are saying goodbye today to the most accomplished group of distance girls in state history. The stage is set for some really inspiring performances by the seniors running today. I wouldn't count them out in any race.
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