Chase Geary of Muhlenberg County and Maggie Allen of Sacred Heart used different strategies, but both came out on top in the high school division of the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park.
Because of the crush of runners at the finish line in both races, meet officials were unable to sufficiently gather individual results. With those results incomplete, team results were pending.
Boys: Geary, a junior, went to the lead early and was well in control as he hit the 200-meter home stretch.
“It’s kind of how it shook out,” Geary said. “I didn’t think I’d take it out that early.”
Trying to hit a good mile time — he ran the first in 4:55 — was the reason Geary went out early.
“I get my base, to know how to run the rest of the race,” he said.
Geary used that first mile to set the tone, and he finished the 5-kilometer course in 16:00.74, well off the time he was shooting for.
“I was wanting to win and run 15:45,” he said. “I feel like I had a bad race; I wanted to run 15-20 seconds faster.”
It might not have been as fast as Geary wanted to run, but it was plenty fast to win the race. The Daviess County duo of Daniel Southard and Cameron Quisenberry finished 2-3, Southard crossing the line at 16:17.72 and Quisenberry in 16:22.47.
“I could have run better with someone pushing me,” said Geary. “But it’s a good confidence-builder.”
Lincoln County sophomore Brian Carlson finished fourth in 16:30.34, just ahead of Portland Christian’s Jonathan Taylor (16:30.60).
Girls: Allen utilized the team philosophy, and it paid off as she came from behind to edge Collins eighth-grader Gabriella Karas for the individual title.
“Our strategy is to relax the first mile, get in position on the second mile and make a move,” said Allen. “I tried to stick to the plan. It was hard with all the competition to stay relaxed.”
Karas and Whitney O’Bryan of Daviess County got in front early, but no runner was able to make a move and leave everyone behind. Allen, a sophomore, stalked the leaders until she was ready to make her move. From there, it was matter of holding off Karas.
Allen finished in 18:17, Karas in 18:18 and O’Bryan finished third in 18:25.
For Allen, who broke her previous record on the course by two seconds, it was her day.
“I always want to do the best I can do,” she said. “Just hope you have it that day.”
Cassidy Hale of Manual finished fourth in 18:34 while Claire Payne of Daviess County joined teammate O’Bryan in the top five, finishing in 18:50.
Sacred Heart’s Samantha Simms finished sixth in 19:04. Manual also had a second finisher in the top 10, with Christina Rucinski finishing eighth in 19:31.
GREATER LOUISVILLE CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC
Yesterday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park
(Team results unavailable)
Boys’ top finishers – 1. Chase Geary (Muhlenberg County) 16:00.74; 2. Daniel Southard (Daviess County) 16:17.72; 3. Cameron Quisenberry (Daviess County) 16:22.47; 4. Brian Carlson (Lincoln County) 16:30.34; 5. Jonathan Taylor (Portland Christian) 16:30.60; 6. John Spencer (Lafayette) 16:31.79; 7. Daniel Wolfer (St. Henry) 16:33.95; 8. Will Strickland (Meade County) 16:36.14; 9. Nolan Gerlach (Conner) 16:37.70; 10. Hunter Trenary (Owen County) 16:38.35.
Girls’ top finishers – 1. Maggie Allen (Sacred Heart) 18:17; 2. Gabriella Karas (Collins) 18:18; 3. Whitney O’Bryan (Daviess County) 18:25; 4. Cassidy Hale (Manual) 18:34; 5. Claire Payne (Daviess County) 18:50; 6. Samantha Simms (Sacred Heart) 19:04; 7. Karly Gawarecki (Lou. Holy Cross) 19:18; 8. Christina Rucinski (Manual) 19:31; 9. Rose Jolly (Butler) 19:32; 10. Lauren Carmody (Sovereign Grace) 19:33.