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.


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.


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.





Male, Sacred Heart capture State 3A track titles

May 28, 2011

Male wins its fifth consecutive boys’ team championship with 97 points.

The Bulldogs close the day with a victory in the 4-by-400 relay (3:19.29).

St. Xavier takes second in the standings with 70 points.

Other top 20 teams include Bryan Station in fifth, Henry Clay in seventh, Scott County in a tie for eighth, Lafayette in 18th and Tates Creek in 19th.

* Sacred Heart takes the girls’ 3A title 57-50 over Tates Creek. Male is third with 47, followed by defending champion Campbell County with 45.

Paul Dunbar edges Bryan Station for eighth place, 37 2/3 to 34. Henry Clay takes 15th.

In the final event, Campbell County takes the 4-by-400 relay in 4:00.95.

* With 17 of 18 boys’ events scored, Male holds an insurmountable 87-64 lead over St. Xavier. Ballard is third with 59.

Trinity sophomore James Quick nips 100/400 champion Ronnie Baker of Ballard in the 200, 21.45 to 21.85. Henry Clay’s Brandon Nichols does not start.

Christian County’s Sean Hurd wins the 3,200 (9:38.42).

* With 17 of 18 girls’ events scored Sacred Heart leads Tates Creek 57-48. Male is third with 43.

That’s after the Valkyries add 10 points with Emma Brink’s third win of the day, this one in the 3,200 (11:12.96).

* Bryan Station’s Sariah Edwards edges defending champion Tamyah Pipkin of Tates Creek, 25.07 to 25.26 in the girls’ 200 meters.

But with 16 of 18 events scored, Tates Creek leads Sacred Heart 47-46 in the girls’ standings. Male is third with 43. Bryan Station rank 6-7.

Sacred Heart’s Emma Brink wins the 800 in 2:14.81.

The boys’ 800 goes to Butler’s Tretez Kinnarid in 1:54.27.

With 15 boys’ events score, Male leads Ballard 78-51. Henry Clay is in seventh.

* The 300-meter hurdles winners: Kristen Matula of Sacred Heart for the girls (45.15) and St. Xavier’s Peter McDermott for the boys (39.18). Bryan Station’s Jacob Mclimore edged Scott County’s Dominique Norris for second place, 39.75 to 40.00.

* Through 13 of 18 boys’ events, Male leads Ballard 78-50. Bryan Station is fifth with 25. Henry Clay is tied for seventh with 21.

More boys’ winners: Male, 4-by-200 relay (1:28.25) and 4-by-100 relay (42.06); Isaac Bowling, Oldham County, discus (160-2); Andrew Stewart, North Hardin, 1,600 (4:16.10); Sage Powell, Simon Kenton, long jump (22-2 3/4); Brad Zolke, St. Xavier, pole vault (13-6).

Girls’ winners: Halie Holloway, John Hardin, triple jump (36-4); DeShericka McReynolds, Madisonville, shot put (37-0 1/4); Anna Carrigan, Campbell County, 400 (56.59).

Through 14 events, Tates Creek leads Male 40-38. Then come Sacred Heart with 37 and Paul Dunbar with 33 2/3. Bryan Station is seventh with 24.

* Male’s Ronnie Baker, already with the 100-meter title in hand, stuns two-time defending champion Brandon Nichols of Henry Clay in the boys’ 400, 47.73 to 48.62.

* Tates Creek sweeps the girls’ sprint relays, setting a meet record of 48.18 in the 4-by-100. Male is runner-up (48.83). Bryan Station (49.48) and Dunbar (50.06) run 4-5.

Tates Creek uses the same foursome — Tatiyana Dean, Natavia Barber, Michelle Tichenor and Tamyah Pipkin — to take the 4-by-200 in 1:41.92. Then come Male (1:42.81), Henry Clay (1:43.81) and Bryan Station (1:44.39).

Ballard’s Megan Zimlich sets a state record of 11-9 in the pole vault.

Sacred Heart’s Emma Brink repeats in the 1,600 (5:03.73). Dunbar’s Megan Klein is fourth (5:12.40) and teammate Amanda Hancock takes ninth (5:23.59).

* Ballard’s Ronnie Baker and William Kannamore go 1-2 in the boys’ 100, timed in 10.89 and 11.08. Henry Clay gets a 5-7 placing from Brandon Nichols (11.25) and Bo Brooks (11.29).

* Tates Creek’s Tamyah Pipkin successfully defends her title in the girls’ 100-meter dash, nipping crosstown rival Sariah Edwards of Bryan Station 12.62 to 12.63.

Scott County senior Dominique Norris wins the boys’ 110-meter hurdles by just a bit more, 15.26 to the 15.29 turned in by top-seeded Jeff Huntley of Ryle. Bryan Station gets a 3-8 finish from Jacob Mclimore (15.32) and Malcolm Smith (15.92).

The girls’ 100-meter hurdles go to Male’s Dominique Edmonds (15.62). Barren County’s Sydney Wininger (15.83) and Scott County’s Christiana Harris (15.94) follow.

* The girls’ long jump title goes to Keisha Chiles of Southern at 18-5 1/4. Henry Clay’s Alexis LaPrelle takes fourth (16-3).

Notre Dame’s Kate Hengelbrok is tops in the high jump (5-4), with Woodford County’s Ellen Ward fifth (5-0).

The women’s discus winner is DeShericka McReynolds of Madisonville (124-11).

* Warren Central junior Donovan Halsel won the boys’ high jump by clearing 6-8. He had respectable attempts but could not clear at state-record-equaling 6-11 1/4. Lincoln County’s Zac Hill was runner-up at 6-4, followed by Dunbar’s Lamont Johnson at 6-2.

Oldham County’s Isaac Bowling won the shot put (54-10 1/4) and Male’s Michael Patterson prevailed in the triple jump (47-3 1/4). In the latter event, Bryan Station’s Tre Duncan placed third (45-3).

The final baton boys in the boys' 4-by-800 relay, with North Hardin's Josh Ortega passing to Kevin Walker. With teammates still not in camera sight, St. Xavier's Thomas Cave and Butler's Tretez Kinnarid wait their turn. (Maloney photo)

The final pass in the boys' 4-by-800 relay has North Hardin's Kevin Walker inheriting a large lead. St. Xavier's Thomas Cave and Butler's Tretez were next in line to receive a baton. (Maloney photo)

Tretez Kinnarid at the finish line. (Maloney photo)

Tretez Kinnarid at the finish line. (Maloney photo)

Saturday’s Class 3A State Track and Field Meet is underway at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.

The first thriller on the track goes to Butler, successfully defending its title in the boys’ 4-by-800-meter relay.

Bears anchor Tretez Kinnarid, a sophomore, was a distant third when he took the baton.

He reeled in St. Xavier’s Thomas Cave on the first lap, then set his sites on front-running Kevin Walker of North Hardin.

Kinnarid took over on the final straightaway, bringing his team home in 7:57.05. North Hardin finished in 7:57.47, followed by St. X (8:06.18) and Lafayette (8:06.72 with Clark Grubb, Lee Smith, Jud Weaver and Miles Kilgore). Tates Creek finished seventh (8:18.22 with Adrian Lyttle, Craig Calvert, Ben Hart and Zach Porter).

Kinnarid’s anchor split was reported as fast as 1:51.2. Butler’s time was slightly off its meet-record 7:54.07 of last year. Patrick Gregory led off, passing to Jeff Cutrer, who got the baton to RaShaun Langdon.

Assumption — Ellen Marko, Melanie Strothman, Amanda Vokoun and Caroline McCaslin — took the girls’ relay in 9:24.83. Then came Sacred Heart (9:41.54), Campbell County (9:44.57) and Paul Laurence Dunbar (9:48.71). Amanda Hancock, Maddie Bledsoe, Abbey Smiley and Megan Klein made up PLD’s unit. Tates Creek placed seventh (9:58.28 with Kara Weaver, Lorren Sales, Aaron Lankster and Ashley Whaley).

Several field events are in progress, but the next event on the track isn’t scheduled until 4 p.m.

Dunbar high-jumper Lamont Johnson just misses clearing 6-4. (Maloney photo)

Dunbar high-jumper Lamont Johnson just misses clearing 6-4. (Maloney photo)