State Cross Country record book takes a beating

November 10, 2012

Just back from a picture-perfect day — maybe even too warm (nearly 70)  for the athletes — at the Kentucky Horse Park for the State High School Cross Country Championships.

Quick highlights follow.

GIRLS

Class A — Danville junior Meagan Smith capped her first season in the sport by winning the state title, timed in 19:16.39 for 5,000 meters. She finished more than 21 seconds ahead of runner-up Karly Gawarecki of (Louisville) Holy Cross. Three-time defending champion Maddox Patterson of Sayre, battling the effects of mononucleosis, ran a gutsy race to place third. St. Henry repeated as team champion, winning for the fifth time in six years, by scoring 62 points. Green County was second with 1:05.

Class 2A — Collins eighth-grader Gabriella Karas not only repeated as individual champion, her time of 17:44.18 broke the meet record of 18:11.92 — set two years ago by her older sister Catarina.  Karas won by a minute-and-a-half over Aleja Grant of Paducah Tilghman (19:14.91). Highlands, led by 4-5 finishers Sydney Ossege and Molly Mearns, unseated defending team champion South Oldham 65-96.

Class 3A — Top-ranked Bailey Davis led an Assumption assault on the team title. Davis finished in 18:12.72, followed by Daviess County’s Whitney O’Bryan in 18:36.37. Assumption’s Emily Bean and Katherine Receveur ran 3-4 and the Rockets claimed their third straight title, and fifth in six years, with 31 points. Bowling Green placed second with 78.

BOYS

Class A — (Louisville) Holy Cross senior Jacob Thomson again stamped himself as one Kentucky’s all-time elites, setting the all-class State Meet record with a 5K time of 15:21.40. That broke the record of 15:33.24 set by Daviess County’s Evan Ehrenheim in 2010. (Greenwood’s Michael Eaton clocked 15:05.89 in 2005 on the old course, in the Horse Park campgrounds. Thomson has the record on the “paddock” course.) Sayre’s Nick Waltman placed second in 16:22.94. St. Henry won its 11th consecutive team championship, outdistancing Walton Verona 84-116.

Class 2A — Lexington Catholic senior Nicholas Laureano, runner-up last year, stepped up the top of the podium this time. He pulled away from Logan County’s Sye Head in the late stages to win in 16:41.98, to Head’s 16:53.58. North Oldham captured its third team title in a row, scoring 110. Second-place Bullitt East totaled 212, a point ahead of Edmonson County.

Class 3A — Aptly named Muhlenberg County junior Chase Geary won in 15:58.66, ahead of Butler’s Patrick Gregory in 16:14.39. The big news was about the next five finishers — Sam Lewis, Nick Reader, Christopher Striege, defending champion Connor Sheryak and Max Mudd — all of St. Xavier. With a 2-3-4-5-6 finish in the team race (Geary was running as an individual and, thus, did not factor in team places), the Tigers tied the record for fewest points scored in the State Meet, 20. St. X’s second straight win also snapped a tie with archrival Trinity for most state titles. The Tigers now lead the Shamrocks 19-18.

 

 

 

 


NCAA Pre-National cross-country is Saturday at Louisville

October 10, 2012

Kentucky’s Cally Macumber, left, placed second in last month’s Greater Louisville Invitational at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park. (Photo: Mark Maloney)

The highly competitive field that boasts 15 nationally ranked teams for Saturday’s NCAA Division I Pre-National Cross Country meet, hosted by the University of Louisville at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, is set.

Four races will be held, with the men’s red seeded race starting the day at 9:30 a.m. The women’s red race is at 10:15 a.m. Following that is a pair of unseeded races: the men’s black race at 10:45 a.m. and the women’s black at 11:30 a.m.

The Louisville and Kentucky men’s squads will take part in the first morning race, competing against No. 3-ranked Brigham Young, No. 7 Colorado, No. 9 Tulsa, No. 14 Florida State and No. 15 Oregon. Last time out, Louisville finished sixth at the Greater Louisville Classic against a field that consisted of numerous ranked teams, including Iona, Texas and Arizona.

The Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky women’s squads are set to participate in the 10:15 a.m. race.

Box assignments for the men’s red division: 1. Montana State; 2. Florida; 3. Wichita State; 4. Butler; 5. Florida State; 6. Davidson; 7. Lamar; 8. William and Mary; 9. Brigham Young; 10. Loyola (Ill.); 11. Central Michigan; 12. Kennesaw State; 13. Miami (Ohio); 14. Lehigh; 15. Weber State; 16. Texas at El Paso; 17. Eastern Michigan; 18. Georgetown (D.C.); 19. McNeese State; 20. Tulsa; 21. Louisville; 22. Oregon; 23. Cincinnati; 24. Boise State; 25. California Santa Barbara; 26. Duke; 27. Air Force; 28. Utah State; 29. Villanova; 30. Southern Utah; 31. Kentucky; 32. Bucknell; 33. Duquesne; 34. North Carolina Greensboro; 35. Indiana State; 36. Colorado; 37. Virginia Tech; 38. Utah Valley. 39. Iowa; 40. Rice.

Box assignments for the women’s red division: 1. Duquesne; 2. West Virginia; 3. Illinois; 4. California-Davis; 5. Michigan; 6. East Carolina; 7. Xavier (Ohio); 8. Loyola (Ill.); 9. Oregon State; 10. Southern Utah; 11. Baylor; 12. Kentucky; 13. Florida State; 14. William and Mary; 15. Georgetown (D.C.); 16. Appalachian State; 17. Clemson; 18. Kansas Satate; 19. New Hampshire; 20. Oregon; 21. Boise State; 22. Eastern Michigan; 23. Villanova; 24. California Santa Barbara; 25. Tulsa; 26. Texas-El Paso; 27. Elon; 28. Air Force; 29. Butler; 30. Colorado; 31. Florida; 32. Montana State; 33. Miami (Ohio); 34. Utah; 35. Texas; 36. Wichita State; 37. Ohio; 38. Virginia Tech; 39. Eastern Kentucky.

Box assignments for the men’s black division: 1. Eastern Michigan/Florida State; 2. Virginia Tech/Boise State; 3. Florida/Georgetown (D.C.)/Loyola (Ill.); 4. Duquesne/Kentucky; 5. Furman; 6. Eastern Kentucky; 7. Memphis; 8. Florida A&M; 9. Xavier (Ohio); 10. Idaho; 11. Wright State; 12. Norfolk State; 13. Campbell; 14. Akron; 15. Dayton; 16. New Hampshire; 17. Southeast Missouri State; 18. Drake; 19. Toledo; 20. Youngstown State; 21. Elon/Iowa; 22. Missouri-Kansas City; 23. East Carolina; 24. Western Kentucky; 25. Indiana; 26. Clemson; 27. North Carolina Asheville; 28. Kent State; 29. North Florida; 30. Kansas State; 31. Ohio; 32. Mercer; 33. Albany; 34. Davidson/McNeese State; 35. Louisville/Brigham Young; 36. Indiana State/Montana State; 37. Utah State/Miami (Ohio); 38. Wichita State/Villanova; 39. Air Force/Southern Utah; 40. Colorado/Bucknell; 41. Butler/Duke; 42. William and Mary/Tulsa; 43. Cincinnati/Oregon; 44. Lehigh/Central Michigan; 45. California Santa Barbara/North Carolina Greensboro/individuals.
*  Bolded teams will be scored in the unseeded race. Unbolded schools signify additional runners from teams competing in seeded race or incomplete teams.
Box assignments for women’s black division: 1. Kentucky/Georgetown (D.C.); 2. Elon/West Virginia; 3. Tulsa/Ohio; 4. Boise State/Miami (Ohio); 5. Lamar; 6. Central Michigan; 7. Utah State; 8. Utah Valley; 9. Cincinnati; 10. Akron; 11. Furman; 12. Dayton; 13. North Carolina Greensboro; 14. Mercer; 15. Youngstown State; 16. Louisville; 17. North Carolina Asheville; 18. Albany; 19. Toledo; 20. Idaho; 21. Murray State; 22. Indiana State; 23. Kent State; 24. Missouri-Kansas City; 25. Memphis; 26. Southeast Missouri State; 27. South Carolina; 28. Indiana; 29. Bucknell; 30. Appalachian State/Xavier (Ohio); 31. Florida State/Illinois; 32. Clemson/Loyola (Ill.); 33. Air Force/Michigan; 34. Wichita State/Colorado; 35. Montana State/Villanova; 36. California-Davis/Bucknell; 37. Oregon/Duquesne; 38. Kansas State/Southern Utah; 39. Utah/Virginia Tech; 40. Baylor/William and Mary; 41. Florida/Eastern Kentucky; 42. Butler/Eastern Michigan; 43. New Hampshire/Texas; 44. California-Santa Barbara/Orgegon State; 45. Individuals.

 


Louisville has nation’s largest college XC meet

September 28, 2012

Saturday’s 11th annual Greater Louisville Classic likely will be the largest collegiate cross country meet contested in the nation this year.

The Louisville Sports Commission will host 115 colleges and universities from 24 states, featuring more than 2,400 athletes. Of those teams, 35 men’s squads and 41 women’s teams are nationally ranked by either the NCAA Division I, II or II, or the NAIA.

Action at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park begins with the men’s gold division at 9:30 a.m. Then, it will be women’s gold at 10:15, men’s blue division at 10:45, women’s blue at 11:30, men’s silver division at noon and women’s silver at 12:30. High school and middle school competition will follow, beginning at 1:15 p.m.

Top teams in the men’s gold include sixth-ranked Texas, No. 8 Iona and No. 28 Columbia. Regionally ranked teams include Georgia, Arizona, Penn State and Louisville. Others to watch include Michigan State and Division II powers Grand Valley State and Southern Indiana.

Premier individuals in the 8,000-meter race include Arizona teammates Lawi Lalang and Stephen Sambu. Lawang is the defending NCAA champion, and Sambu was NCAA runner-up in 2010. North Carolina-Greensboro’s Paul Chelimo was the 5,000-meter runner-up at the 2012 NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Louisville, ranked No. 6 in the Southeast Region, is led by Kenyan freshman Ernest Kibet. He won his collegiate debut two weeks ago, leading the Cardinals to a first-place finish in the Winthrop Invitational. Also placing in the top 20 in that meet for U of L were Gordon Dooley, Mattias Wolter, Evan Hibbs and Ryan Eaton.

Kentucky is led by senior Luis Orta, sophomore Mackay Wilson and junior Matt Hillenbrand.

No. 1-ranked Washington leads the women’s Gold teams. The field, competing over a 5,000-meter course, also includes No. 8 Vanderbilt, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 12 Arizona, No. 14 Michigan State, No. 17 Penn State and No. 29 Wisconsin.

Washington is led by Katie Flood, who placed seventh in last year’s NCAA Championships, and Megan Goethals, the 5,000-meter runner-up in track last spring. Arizona boasts Jennifer Bergman, 26th in last year’s NCAA, and Elvin Kibet, seventh in the NCAA track 10,000. Vanderbilt’s contingent includes  Liz Anderson, out of Louisville’s Manual High School.

U of L is paced by sophomore Michelle Molodynia, a Canadian, who placed eighth at Winthrop. Maria Frigo and Leah Kiyohara are the Cards’ next-best threats.

Kentucky features Cally Macumber and the reigning Freshman of the Week in the Southeastern Conference, Mary Kate Ponder. Macumber won the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational and Ponder placed 32nd, helping the Wildcats to a second-place team finish. Chelsea Oswald and Allison Peare also placed in the top 10 at Virginia.

Eastern Kentucky men climb in poll

Eastern Kentucky’s men, who climbed one spot to No. 25 in the nation this week, opted to compete Friday in the Notre Dame Invitational.

The Colonels are led by junior Soufiane Bouchikhi, the two-time defending Ohio Valley Conference Runner of the Year. A deep roster includes junior Wade Meddles, sophomore Ben Toroitich, Thijs Nijhuis and Ole Hesselbjerg, and freshman Amos Kosgey.

The EKU women will be competing Saturday at Louisville.

 

 


EKU cross country men up to No. 27 in nation

September 14, 2012

An on-the-rise Eastern Kentucky University men’s cross country team will travel to Nashville for Saturday’s Vanderbilt Commodore Classic.

The Colonels improved two spots to No. 27 in this week’s national poll, released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. EKU, No. 2 in the Southeast Region, is the only team from Kentucky or the Ohio Valley Conference to crack the national rankings.

EKU’s improvement in the ratings comes after a dominant showing at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic. The Colonels defeated 21 teams at Memphis, including regionally-ranked Ole Miss and Memphis. Soufiane Bouchikhi, a junior from Belgium, won the race on a muddy, four-mile course in 20 minutes, 43.95 seconds. Thijs Nijhuis and Ben Toroitich completed a 1-2-3 sweep for EKU, while freshman Amos Kosgey and sophomore Ole Hesselbjerg also placed in the top 10. In all, 13 of the first 22 finishers were Colonels.

EKU and Kentucky have both men’s and women’s teams among the top 15 in the Southeast Region rankings.

The Colonels are second in the men’s region, trailing only North Carolina State. EKU’s women are ranked No. 13 in the Southeast

Other state teams in the men’s regional rankings are Louisville at No. 7, Western Kentucky at 10 and UK at No. 15.

UK has the top-rated women’s team in the state, ranking 10th in the Southeast.

Western will join EKU in Nashville this week, while Louisville will travel to the Winthrop Invitational. UK has a weekend off before heading to Virginia on Sept. 22.

Nationally, the top 10 men’s teams are, in order: Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Brigham Young, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Portland, Iona, Stanford and Florida State. The top team from the Southeastern Conference is No. 15 Texas A&M. The Big East is led by No. 12 Syracuse.

The top 10 women’s teams are: Washington, Oregon, Florida State, Georgetown, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Providence, Stanford, Arkansas and Villanova.

* Centre College has both of its teams ranked in the Division III South/Southeast Region. The Colonels are No. 3 in the men’s rankings, No. 4 on the women’s side.

Centre’s teams will be off for two weeks, competing next on Sept. 29 in the Greater Louisville Classic.


Here are state high school cross country rankings

August 16, 2011

Here are the first rankings of the 2011 state high school cross country season, provided by KYtrackXC.com.

These are not based on any automated time order.  Instead they are taken from looking at various races from last season, especially the Kentucky State Cross Country Meet.  With the loss of the Franklin County Invitational and the Lexington Catholic Invitational last year, there were less common races to try and compare the teams from different areas of the state.  This left many of these teams only racing each other once at the Kentucky State Cross Country Meet.  These team rankings along with individual athlete class rankings will be released every two weeks starting Sept. 6. 

Class A Girls

1. Fairview
2. St. Henry
3. Collegiate
4. Trimble County
5. Holy Cross (Covington)
6. Green County
7. Hancock County
8. Sayre
9. Ludlow
10. Lexington Christian Academy

Class A Boys
 
1. St. Henry
2. Collegiate
3. Owensboro Catholic
4. Trimble County
5. Bardstown
6. Newport Central Catholic
7. St. Mary
8. Holy Cross (Louisville)
9. Holy Cross (Covington)
10. Somerset

Class AA Girls
 
1. South Oldham
2. Highlands
3. Boyle County
4. North Oldham
5. Lloyd Memorial
6. Elizabethtown
7. Mason County
8. Bullitt East
9. Christian Academy
10. Mercy Academy
 
 
Class AA Boys
 
1. Edmonson County
2. North Oldham
3. Lexington Catholic
4. Covington Catholic
5. South Oldham
6. Martha Layne Collins
7. Bullitt East
8. Logan County
9. Webster County
10. Ashland Blazer

Class AAA Girls
 
1. Assumption
2. Bowling Green
3. duPont Manual
4. Sacred Heart
5. Daviess County
6. Notre Dame
7. Oldham County
8. Owensboro
9. Dixie Heights
10. Ryle
 
 
Class AAA Boys
 
1. St. Xavier
2. Trinity
3. Daviess County
4. Butler
5. Apollo
6. Eastern
7. Meade County
8. duPont Manual
9. Oldham County
10. Owensboro


Brink falters in Foot Locker National Finals

December 11, 2010
Emma Brink finished Saturday's race in 20:08. (Photo courtesy of PhotoRun.net)

Emma Brink finished Saturday's race in 20:08. (Photo courtesy of PhotoRun.net)

Emma Brink, who last month won her fourth consecutive Class 3A girls’ state cross country championship, didn’t fare as well Saturday in the Foot Locker National Finals at San Diego.

Brink, a Sacred Heart senior who has committed to North Carolina, placed last in the 40-girl field, timed in 20 minutes, 8 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles).

Aisling Cuffe, a senior from Cornwall Central High School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., won by the third-largest margin in the 30-year history of the event, timed in 16:53.  Runner-up Rachel Johnson of Plano (Texas) High checked in at 17:27.

Brink qualified for the finals by placing fifth in the Foot Locker South Regional two weeks earlier, when she completed a flatter course in 17:25.

Lukas Verzbicas, a senior from Carl Sandburg High in Orland Hills, Ill., became only the third repeat winner of the boys’ event. He completed 5,000 meters in 14:59, followed by Futsum Zeinasellassie, a junior from North Central High of Indianapolis, in 15:10.

No Kentuckians qualified for the boys’ nationals.

Emma Brink reaches the Foot Locker finish chute. (PhotoRun.net)

Emma Brink reaches the Foot Locker finish chute. (Photo courtesy of PhotoRun.net)


Saturday is XC day in Ky.; Curtis to run in Japan

November 11, 2010

If you’re willing to go cross-state for cross country, Saturday offers Kentuckians a chance to see some of the best collegiate and high school competition of the year.

It would be done easier, though, if you’re able to cross time and go “back to the future” with Doc and Marty McFly. Because, as the schedule is, it’s not possible to catch all the action.

E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville is the site of the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional. The Duke women and William and Mary men are defending team champions.

The men’s 10,000-meter race starts Saturday morning at 10. The women’s 6,000-meter run is set for 11:15 a.m.

Meanwhile, the State High School Championships will be taking place in Lexington, at the Kentucky Horse Park.

All athletes will run a 5,000-meter course, with girls starting first in each race.

Class A starts are set for 9:30 (girls) and 10:15 (boys) a.m., 2A at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., and 3A at 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.

Curtis runs for USA in Chiba Ekiden

Bobby Curtis

Bobby Curtis

Bobby Curtis, arguably the top distance runner to come out of Kentucky high schools, will represent Team USA in the International Chiba Ekiden, Nov. 23, at Chiba, Japan. Curtis is a graduate of St. Xavier High School and Villanova University.

The 22nd annual Chiba race features mixed teams of men and women running a marathon relay. Team USA will be competing against nine nations, including Japan, Kenya, Romania, Russia, China and Canada.

Past Chiba competitors Ed Moran and Meghan Armstrong will lead a U.S. team that includes Curtis, Aaron Braun, Kim Conley and Stephanie Pezzullo. Alternates are Andy Biladeau and Kristina Vegh.

The relay legs, in order: 5,000 meters, men; 5,000, women; 10,000, men; 5,000, women; 10,000, men; 7,195 meters, women. Teams USA placed fifth last year.


Eastern Kentucky sweeps OVC cross country titles; Louisville men take second in Big East Conference

October 30, 2010
Soufiane Bouchikhi

Soufiane Bouchikhi

Eastern Kentucky University snared its fifth consecutive Ohio Valley Conference championship in both men’s and women’s cross country Saturday.

Meanwhile, Louisville’s men placed second and the women took eighth in the Big East Conference meet.

EKU’s men placed 1-through-5 to score a perfect 15 points, only the fourth time that has happened in conference history. EKU also pulled off sweeps in 1965 and 1989, and Western Kentucky did so in 1980. The Colonels, who now have 19 OVC men’s crowns, were followed by Southeast Missouri with 40 points.

EKU’s women upended Eastern Illinois 20-45.

Competing at the South Hills Golf Course in Cookeville, Tenn., the Colonels also had both individual winners.

Freshman Soufiane Bouchikhi won the men’s 8,000-meter race in 24 minutes, 56.73 seconds.

Kat Pagano

Kat Pagano

Senior Kat Pagano prevailed in the women’s 5,000-meter event, timed in 18:23.00.

“Today was less about individuals and more about teams,” said Coach Rick Erdmann, who won his 25th Women’s Coach of the Year award and his 17th Men’s Coach of the Year. “Both teams ran together and competed together, and I’m really proud of that. Hopefully this will give us some momentum heading into regionals.”

The NCAA Southeast Regionals are set for Nov. 13 at Louisville.

Bouchikhi followed in the footsteps of former Colonels Jacob Korir (2004-07), Joseph Maina (2008) and Wesley Ruttoh (2009) by being named OVC Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year and OVC Male Freshman of the Year. Bouchikhi is the first freshman to win the event since Korir in 2004, and his time is the fastest in the event since 2007.

Pagano, already a two-time top 10 finisher in the OVCs, won her first title. She placed fifth in 2008 and fourth last year. She is the second straight Colonel to win the event and OVC Athlete of the Year honors, as Picoty Leitich won last year as a freshman.

EKU’s Hannah Miller, 12th in 19:10.40, earned OVC Freshman of the Year honors.

After Bouchikhi, EKU’s men had sophomore Victor Kemboi in 25:19.63, junior Evans Kiptoo (25:29.16), junior David Mutuse (25:35.22) and freshman Ole Hesselbjerg (25:43.19). SEMO’s Jason Lumpkin finished less than a second after Hesselbjerg.

EKU’s three non-scoring runners all placed in the top 14. Sophomore Daniel Jones came in 10th, with juniors Musa Kimuli and Chris Rice going 12-14. All eight Colonels earned all-conference honors.

After Eastern and SEMO came Eastern Illinois (95), Morehead State (108), Austin Peay (145), UT Martin (162), Tennessee Tech (189), Jacksonville State (211), Murray State (260) and Tennessee State (310).

EKU’s women won their 25th OVC title, sweeping the first three places and six of the top 12.

After Pagano came sophomore Jackline Barkechir (18:40.72) and Leitich (18:46.74). Senior Sylvia Bundotich placed sixth (18:58.83) and junior Danielle Mason took eighth (19:02.79).  Then came Miller, followed by freshman Natalie Field in 19th (19:41.30) and senior Ashli Joseph in 23rd (19:52.41).

After EKU and Eastern Illinois in the team standings, it was Murray in third (111), trailed by Jacksonville State (119), SEMO (158), Tech and Peay (181 each), Martin (183), Morehead (207) and Tennessee State (300).

All-OVC men

First team – Bouchikhi, Kemboi, Kiptoo, Mutuse, Hesselbjerg, Lumpkin, Brad LaRocque (Eastern Ill.)
Second team – Chris Loseman and Nate Shipley (SEMO), Jones, Enock Langat (Peay), Kimuli, Dustin Davis (SEMO), Rice.

All-OVC women

First team – Pagano, Barkechir, Leitich, Olivia Klaus (Eastern Ill.), Ericka Starn (Jacksonville), Bundotich, Gabriela Duenas (Eastern Ill.).
Second team – Mason, Brittany Arthur (Eastern Ill.), Katelyn Jones (Murray), Megan Gingerich (Eastern Ill.), Miller, Kasey Owens (SEMO), Erika Ramos (Eastern Ill.).

Eaton leads Louisville men

In the Big East Championships, held at Jamesville (N.Y.) Beach Park, Syracuse edged the U of L men 59-63. Villanova won the women’s title with 26 points, while Louisville rang up 272.

Michael Eaton, a senior, led Louisville’s men by placing second with an 8K time of 25:05.4. Lee Carey of Providence won in 24:56.8.

U of L’s Matt Hughes placed ninth (25:25.3). Tyler Byrne, 15th overall, was the top freshman in the race. Completing U of L’s scorers were Luke Lovelace and Gordon Dooley, 18th and 19th. The gap between Eaton and Dooley was a mere 53 seconds.

“I’m really proud of the men’s efforts today,” Cardinals Coach Brice Allen said. “They executed the game plan to a ‘T.’ We had the No. 1 senior and the No. 1 freshman in the conference.

“Michael ran the race today like a fifth-year senior. He was patient in the middle of the pack at the 800-meter mark; he moved into 15th place at the mile; by three miles, he moved into the top five; and with a mile to go he walked everyone down except the leader. That’s what you come to expect from a fifth-year senior.”

Emily Borsare led U of L’s women, placing 24th with a time of 21:55.1 for 6,000 meters. Kim Grieshaber was 43rd, Monica Hernandez 48th, Ariel Briggs 78th and Cassie Martin 79th.

“Emily ran a great race today,” Allen said. “She closed well and moved up 10 positions. To cap her cross country career, she ran well for the Cardinals.

“We’re looking forward to the regional race and the move on to nationals.”


State high school cross country rankings

October 6, 2010

The latest KYtrackXC.comrankings of state high school cross country individuals and teams.

Class AAA Boys Top 20

 

1

Jake Wildenmann

Trinity

2

Evan Ehrenheim

Daviess County

3

Sean Hurd

Christian County

4

Sam Meredith

Trinity

5

Luke Weishaar

Oldham County

6

Justin House

Apollo

7

Andrew Stewart

North Hardin

8

Tretez Kinnaird

Butler

9

Zack Beavin

St. Xavier

10

Chase Geary

Muhlenberg County

11

Austin Carter

St. Xavier

12

Conner Sheryak

St. Xavier

13

Brad Sikes

Daviess County

14

John Egan

John Hardin

15

Zac Garrard

Owensboro

16

Jordan Cummins

Grant County

17

Dusty Johnson

Apollo

18

Patrick Gregory

Butler

19

Reece Johns

DuPont Manual

20

Austin Zachary

Eastern

 

 

Class AAA Boys Team Rankings

 

1 – St. Xavier

2 – Trinity

3 – Butler

4 – Apollo

5 – Daviess County

6 – Eastern

7 – Oldham County

8 – Meade County

9 – duPont Manual

10 – Pulaski County

 

 

 

Class AAA Girls Top 20

 

1

Emma Brink

Sacred Heart Academy

2

Kristen Hale

duPont Manual

3

Whitney O’Bryan

Daviess County

4

Gabby Gonzales

Ryle

5

Ashley El Rady

Assumption

6

Emily Bean

Assumption

7

Amanda Hancock

Paul Dunbar

8

Cassidy Hale

duPont Manual

9

Van Games

Bowling Green

10

Caroline McCaslin

Assumption

11

Ciara Scott

Bowling Green

12

Lauren Wheeler

Bowling Green

13

Lindsay Mathis

Muhlenburg County

14

Margaret Grogan

Oldham County

15

Sarah Barker

duPont Manual

16

Lindsay Mumley

Greenwood

17

Mary List

Notre Dame Academy

18

Katherine Receveur

Assumption

19

Sarah Emily-Woodward

Bowling Green

20

Amelia Reynolds

Daviess County

 

Class AAA Girls Team Rankings

 

1 – Assumption

2 – duPont Manual

3 – Daviess County

4 – Sacred Heart Academy

5 – Bowling Green

6 – Oldham County

7 – Notre Dame

8 – Ryle

9 – Greenwood

10 – Owensboro

 

 

Class AA Boys Top 20

 

1

Jared Skrabacz

South Warren

2

Taylor Sanders

North Oldham

3

James Brown

Bell County

4

Austin Pfeifer

South Oldham

5

Jon Renneker

Ashland Blazer

6

Colin Grandon

North Oldham

7

Cory Kleinjan

Spencer County

8

Eric Evans

Boyle County

9

Ryan Thurman

Calloway County

10

Nicholas Laureano

Lexington Catholic

11

Michael Johnston

Lexington Catholic

12

Sye Head

Logan County

13

Jon Ashby

Webster County

14

Gavin Knies

Lexington Catholic

15

Eric Phillips

Henry County

16

Dylan Ford

Taylor County

17

Jeff Law

South Oldham

18

Kenny Stethen

Edmonson County

19

Tyler Larkin

Elizabethtown

20

Alex Adwell

Edmonson County

 

Class AA Boys Team Rankings

 

1 – Lexington Catholic

2 – North Oldham

3 – South Oldham

4 – South Warren

5 – Ashland Blazer

6 – Edmonson County

7 – Covington Catholic

8 – Collins

9 – Logan County

10 – Boyle County

 

Class AA Girls Top 20

 

1

Jenna Rogers

CAL

2

Caterina Karas

Collins

3

Taylor Webb

Shelby County

4

Grace Whitworth

South Oldham

5

Jessie Murner

South Oldham

6

Torey Duncan

Lloyd Memorial

7

Emma Ditto

Boyle County

8

Emily Flaherty

Presentation

9

Rachel Ditto

Boyle County

10

Clare Field

Mercy Academy

11

Kelly Brown

Bell County

12

Lauren Ossege

Highlands

13

Julia Woods

Mason County

14

Hannah Godfrey

Elizabethtown

15

Kailey Dodd

Warren East

16

Krisston Senter

Allen County Scottsville

17

Kami Orrender

South Oldham

18

Tristen Senn

Mercy Academy

19

Chelsey Slayton

North Bullitt

20

Jessica Prell

Bullitt East

 

Class AA Girls Team Rankings

 

1 – South Oldham

2 – Boyle County

3 – Mercy Academy

4 – North Oldham

5 – Lloyd Memorial

6 – Christian Academy

7 – Bell County

8 – Highlands

9 – Collins

10 – Warren East

 

Class A Boys Top 20

 

1

Jacob Thomson

Holy Cross (Lou.)

2

Trevin Peterson

Walton-Verona

3

Dominic Perronie

Holy Cross (Lou.)

4

Zac Holtkamp

Bishop Brossart

5

Brenden Dooley

St. Henry

6

Nicholas Waltman

Sayre

7

John Burke

Collegiate

8

Jack Foster

Bishop Brossart

9

Jonathan Taylor

Portland Christian

10

Michael Waltman

Sayre

11

Collin Ray

Holy Cross (Lou.)

12

Ryan Laber

Villa Madonna

13

Michael Goede

Owensboro Catholic

14

Kevin Bailey

Trimble County

15

Cameron Rohmann

St. Henry

16

Connor Bartels

Newport Central Cath.

17

Tyler Soward

Ludlow

18

William Hemmer

Holy Cross (Cov.)

19

Daniel Wolfer

St. Henry

20

Frank Bruni

St. Henry

 

 Class A Boys Team Rankings

 

1 – St. Henry

2 – Bishop Brossart

3 – Owensboro Catholic

4 – Holy Cross (Louisville)

5 – Trimble County

6 – Collegiate

7 – Sayre

8 – Villa Madonna

9 – Walton-Verona

10 – Holy Cross (Cov.)

 

 

Class A Girls Top 20

 

1

Maddox Patterson

Sayre

2

Kaitlin Snapp

Danville

3

Ashley Svec

St. Henry

4

Sarah Bode

Louisville Collegiate

5

Danielle Hoop

Owen County

6

Ann Eason

Sayre

7

Morgan Downs

Lexington Christian

8

Madison Peace

Walton Verona

9

Melissa Cunha

Villa Madonna

10

Lyndsey Burke

Fairview

11

Lindsey Hinken

St. Henry

12

Olivia Cason

Owensboro Catholic

13

Brooklyn Bowen

Fairview

14

Gabrielle Bergman

Holy Cross (Cov.)

15

Macy Dyer

East Carter

16

Phillippine Couturier

Sayre

17

Brandi Chappell

Trimble County

18

Hannah Layne

Fairview

19

Hannah Durbin

Model

20

Janie Ward

Model

 

Class A Girls Team Rankings

 

1 – Fairview

2 – Sayre

3 – St. Henry

4 – Trimble County

5 – Walton Verona

6 – Villa Madonna

7 – Green County

8 – Louisville Collegiate

9 – Lexington Christian

10 – Holy Cross (Covington)

 


EKU’s Bouchikhi, Leitich take OVC weekly honors

October 5, 2010
Soufiane Bouchikhi

Soufiane Bouchikhi

Eastern Kentucky’s Soufiane Bouchikhi and Picoty Leitich each shared Ohio Valley Conference Cross Country Runner of the Week honors.

Bouchikhi, a freshman from Belgium, earned Male honors for a third week in a row. Co-Male Runner of the Week is Colin Johnson of Tennessee-Martin.

Leitich, from Kenya, shared Female of the Week honors with Murray State’s Katelyn Jones. Leitich won the OVC award for the first time this season and third time in her career.

Competing in the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, Bouchikhi led EKU to fourth place in the premier Gold Division. Placing ninth in a field of 323 runners, Bouchikhi covered 8,000 meters in 23:41.66. EKU, missing two of its top five runners due to injury, nevertheless beat regionally ranked foes that included Southern Illinois (No. 9 in the Midwest), Georgia (No. 5 in the South), Ole Miss (No. 6 in the South), Missouri (No. 15 in the Midwest), Kentucky (No. 14 in the Southeast) and Mississippi State (No. 8 in the South), as well as in-state rival Western Kentucky.

Picoty Leitich

Picoty Leitich

Leitich, the defending OVC champion, edged teammate Kat Pagano and placed 19th out of 302 runners in the Gold Division. Her time for 5,000 meters was an OVC-best 17:37.53. The Colonels placed eighth and beat regionally ranked UK (No. 7 Southeast), Mississippi State (No. 13 South) and Georgia Tech (No. 14 South).

* The EKU men dropped one spot in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association ranking of the NCAA Southeast Region, to No. 7. Louisville moved up to No. 6.

EKU’s women moved up two spots to No. 11 in the Southeast, one spot behind Western Kentucky. UK dropped from No. 7 to No. 12.