Indiana, Ohio runners set pace in Trinity/Valkyrie meet

Indiana, Ohio runners set pace in Trinity/Valkyrie meet


Indiana, Ohio runners set pace in Trinity/Valkyrie meet


Two of the top high school cross country runners in the Midwest ran away with the individual titles at the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational on Saturday.

Carmel (Ind.) junior Ben Veatch won the boys’ 5,000-meter race, while St. Ursula Academy (Ohio) senior Annie Heffernan won the girls’ race at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

Carmel, the aptly nicknamed Greyhounds, swept the overall team titles in a loaded meet that included squads from seven states.

Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School (Indianapolis)l senior Zack Snyder, right, and Carmel (In) High School junior Benjamin Veatch, second from right, lead the pack of runners, halfway through the 58th annual Trinity Shamrocks/16th Annual Sacred Heart Academy Valkyries Invitational Cross Country meet at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park. 20 Sept 2014


Veatch, who finished seventh in this event last year, covered the course in a personal-best 15 minutes, 8.90 seconds.

“There was some great competition — the top three individuals in the state of Indiana were here,” said Veatch, who finished fifth in Indiana’s state meet last year. “The goal coming in was to just run as fast as we can and win as a team. (The race) was fast and our team ran well, so I’m happy about that.”

Highlands junior Ethan Shuley was the best Kentucky finisher. Last year’s Class 2-A runner-up finished ninth in 15:33.14. North Oldham junior Trenton Fryman was the top Louisville-area runner, placing 16th in 15:47.13.

“I went out really hard and then I just fell apart the second mile,” said Fryman, who won the 2-A 1,600-meter run at the state track meet in May. “It wasn’t what I wanted to do.”

South Oldham junior Cole Dowdy was 20th, and Trinity senior Evan Lang finished 26th. Led by Lang, the Shamrocks were the top Louisville-area team, in 10th place.

“We were the first Kentucky team, which was good for us,” coach Chad Waggoner said. “It meant a lot to these guys today because they worked so hard this week to put this thing together.”

St. Xavier finished 12th and South Oldham 18th. The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in Kentucky’s Class 3-A, ran without senior standout William Mulloy, who is out until track season because of a toe injury, coach Chuck Medley said.

Floyd Central finished 22nd, led by senior Luke Uhl, the top Southern Indiana finisher at 72nd.


Heffernan, the reigning Ohio Division I champ, moved to the lead around the mile mark and kept it the rest of the way to win in 17:35.90.

“I ran a (personal record); you can’t ask for much more than that,” said Heffernan, who finished 14th in the Foot Locker Midwest Region Championships last November.

Male freshman Kaitlyn Lacy was the top Louisville-area runner, finishing eighth in 18:18.70. Assumption junior Sarah Crawford was 14th and Presentation senior Caroline Gosser 15th.

Led by Crawford, the Rockets finished fourth in the team standings, best among the local schools.

“I’m happy, I’m very happy,” coach Barry Haworth said.

Floyd Central was the top Southern Indiana team (eighth), led by senior Melanie Combs, who finished 41st.

Sacred Heart, the No. 1 team in Class 3-A, took 12th. Valkyries standout Maggie Allen started the race but dropped out due to illness, according to coach Rick Heim.

“We had some other kids who had some hiccups. too,” he said.

Collins’ Gabby Karas, the three-time 2-A state champ, didn’t run because of a sprained ankle.


Top team scores – 1. Carmel (Ind.) 137; 2. West Lafayette (Ind.) 146; 3. Cincinnati St. Xavier 186; 4. Brebeuf (Ind.) 234; 5. Daniel Boone 237; Also – 10. Trinity 356; 12. St. Xavier 427; 18. South Oldham 516; 22. Floyd Central (Ind.) 679; 23. North Oldham 690; 24. Tates Creek 749; 26. Tell City (Ind.) 750; 27. Eastern 759; 34. Highlands 928; 36. Evansville (Ind.) North 1009; 37. Roncalli (Ind.) 1011; 38. Bishop Brossart 1122; 41. Bowling Green 1216; 43. New Albany (Ind.) 1288; 44. Madisonville 1345; 45. Villa Madonna 1364; 46. Grayson County 1367; 48. Conner 1420; 51. Butler 1441; 53. Lexington Catholic 1507; 54. Apollo 1564; 56. Walton-Verona 1636; 57. Atherton 1656; 58. Boyle County 1695; 59. Oldham County 1754; 61. Christian Academy 1850; 62. Collins 1862; 63. Fern Creek 1879; 64. Grant County 1928; 65. Owensboro 1973; 66. Collegiate 2014; 67. Bethlehem 2197.

Top individuals – 1. Ben Veatch (Carmel) 15:08.90; 2. Zack Snider (Brebeuf) 15:13.15; 3. Cooper Williams (West Lafayette) 15:13.90; 4. Michael Vitucci (Cincinnati St. X) 15:16.35; 5. Nick Grismer (Mason) 15:18.98; Also – 9. Ethan Shuley (Highlands) 15:33.14; 16. Trenton Fryman (North Oldham) 15:47.13; 17. Ben Young (Tates Creek) 15:48.35; 20. Cole Dowdy (South Oldham) 15:49.43.


Top team scores – 1. Carmel 61; 2. West Lafayette 226; 3. Lake Braddock 256; 4. Assumption 278; 5. Mason 281; Also – 8. Floyd Central 313; 12. Sacred Heart 451; 17. Daviess County 557; 27. Highlands 769; 28. Male 800; 31. North Oldham 890; 33. South Oldham 941; 34. Meade County 962; 35. Evansville North 967; 37. Lexington Catholic 1069; 38. Bullitt East 1069; 39. New Albany 1102; 43. Christian Academy 1155; 45. Tell City 1222; 46. Eastern 1304; 47. Tates Creek 1308; 48. Presentation 1317; 49. Bowling Green 1369; 51. Owensboro 1442; 54. Atherton 1655; 56. Collegiate 1674; 57. Grant County 1690; 58. Madisonville 1699; 59. Collins 1727; 60. Conner 1732; 61. Danville 1792; 62. Butler 1864.

Top individuals – 1. Annie Heffernan (St. Ursula) 17:35.90; 2. Taylor Cuneo (Central Magnet) 17:51.90; 3. Morgan Ilse (Marist) 17:55.80; 4. Haley Harris (Carmel) 18:00.10; 5. Kesley Harris (Carmel) 18:02.50; Also – 8. Kaitlyn Lacy (Male) 18:18.70; 14. Sarah Crawford (Assumption) 18:31.40; 15. Caroline Gosser (Presentation) 18:31.50.


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