Running great at state; Birds bring home wins

Maggie Schroeder

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This year, the girls and boys cross country teams both had big goals for the 2017 season. The girls team was set on dominating region and then moving on to state to reclaim their state title, after losing a four-year streak to the Christian Academy of Louisville. The boys team, who lost a hefty number of seniors the previous year, had a goal of rebuilding the team to its former strength, and to place in the top four at the state meet. Both teams met their goals this season, thanks to the hard workouts planned by coaches Brian Alessandro, Aaron Lense and Jerry Hauck.

Both teams started practicing early in the season and had their first practices on July 15. The girls season started out strong by placing 5th at the meet at Moeller and winning the Mason Invitational. The boys ran well, too, snagging 6th at Moeller and 13th at Mason. However, both teams still had lots of work to do.

The girls were worried about the Christian Academy of Louisville and Ashland Blazer, as they knew they would be competition at state. The boys knew they had lots of hard work to do and began to set goals to improve and place in the top four at region, when the time came.

The next meet was the Trin-ity/Valkyrie Invitational in Ohio. This meet is one of the biggest meets that the teams would run in this season, with competition from 10 different states around the country. The girls ended up 8th, despite being one of thesmaller schools at the meet, and the boys placed 27th. The teams both ran in two more meets (Pickerington North and the Lexington Catholic Invitational) and placed well (girls: 3rd and 1st, guys: 13th and 6th) before the NKAC Conference meet.

At conference, the girls took home the victory and the guys finished 7th. At this point in the season, the teams both had set their goals for state and discovered their competition. The girls would still be competitive with CAL and Ashland Blazer, as well as ing placed 9th, and freshman Maggie Schroeder finished with an individual state runner-up. These two runners also made the first team all-state. Bourbon County, who had run well at a recent meet. The guys knew they would be fighting with teams such as Boyle County, Boyd County, Russell, North Oldham, and Western Hills for spots at region and state. The teams continued to train hard, and despite the awful, frigid weather at the KHSAA Regional Meet at Ryle High School, both teams placed well. The girls took home their 6th straight regional title and the guys finished in second, only behind Lexington Catholic, which was higher than expected.

The girls’ team worked hard this year, and they felt like this year’s team was one of the strongest when it came to working together. Head coach, Brian Alessandro stated, “I am very proud of our girls this season. Obviously winning another state title is a huge accomplishment for them, but the dedication to our sport and the leadership of our seniors was amazing.”

The team contained four seniors: Karsen Hunter, Brianna Collins, Ashtyn Heiert and Savannah Brady. The seniors all worked hard during the season, helping the underclassmen and leading workouts, and it paid off at the state meet. The guys team also worked hard and finished off the season strong. Mr. Alessandro said, “With our boys team, it was supposed to be a rebuilding year. With a few additions to the team and a lot of hard work, they were able to take 4th place at state, and bring home a trophy. I am very proud of those young men.” The boys team had five seniors: Caleb Chambers, Tony Derosa, Timmy Sieverding, Blake Shu-ley and Josh White. The seniors did a good job of leading runs and encouraging the younger runners as well.

In the end, both teams had a thrilling season with a positive climax and are already pumped for the next season to begin.

 

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Running great at state; Birds bring home wins