Sapienza-Wright repeats, leads Manual to title at Tiger Run

Sapienza-Wright repeats, leads Manual to title at Tiger Run

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Sapienza-Wright repeats, leads Manual to title at Tiger Run

South Oldham's Cole Dowdy wins boys title, St. X takes top team honors

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South Oldham's Cole Dowdy wins boys title, St. X takes top team honors

Manual's Alena Sapienza leads the pack the Tiger Run Cross Country Meet at Champions Park off River Road Saturday morning. Sapienza placed first. August 29, 2015

Manual’s Alena Sapienza leads the pack the Tiger Run Cross Country Meet at Champions Park off River Road Saturday morning. Sapienza placed first. August 29, 2015

Manual’s Alena Sapienza-Wright repeated as the girls champion in the 35th annual Tiger Run cross country meet with Male’s Kaitlyn Lacy settling for second place again and Kassidy  Manning of Floyd Central placing third for the second year in a row Saturday at Champions Park on River Road.

Asked if winning last year motivated her for this season, Sapienza-Wright, a sophmore, said: “It was on my mind. I wanted to win again.”

Sapienza-Wright covered the 5,000 meters over a relatively flat course in 18 minutes, 26.68 seconds, beating Lacy – also a sophomore—by almost 14 seconds. She won in 18:35.56 last year.

After leading Manual to the girls team title, Sapienza-Wright drew this praise from her coach, Tim Holman: “It’s always great when your best talent is your hardest worker. She’s really driven this year.”

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Manual had a low 76 points to 85 for runner-up Male. Floyd Central, last year’s winner, was third at 90.

Cole Dowdy, who helped South Oldham nip St. Xavier by one point in the Class 3A state championship last November, won the boys race in 15.41;17, outlasting the St. X. pair of Matthew Thomas and Spencer Hayden, who ran second and third, respectively. Hayden won the race last year.

Kaitlyn Lacy, from Male High School, competes in the Tiger Run Cross Country Meet at Champions Park off River Road Saturday morning. August 29, 2015

Kaitlyn Lacy, from Male High School, competes in the Tiger Run Cross Country Meet at Champions Park off River Road Saturday morning. August 29, 2015

“There was no pressure to run a certain time, so my only goal was to win and give me some motivation to run the rest of the season,” Cole said. His twin, Tanner, finished fourth. St. X, however won the team title with 84 points, with Trinity second at 100 and South Oldham third at 101.

“Thomas is running with a lot of confidence right now,” St. X. colach Chuck Medley said. “He wanted to beat Cole so bad, but Cole’s a little better right now. He pulled Hayden with him. I’m happy we could split the Dowdy boys.”

In the girls race, Sapienza-Wright and Lacy were stride for stride for the first mile, but then the Manual star made her move. “Our time was too slow for the first mile, so I made up for it in the second mile,” Sapienza-Wright said. “Then it got real hot. This was the first race of the season and you wanted to see what you could do.”

“Somewhere after a mile she (Sapienza-Wright) chose to pick up the pace and I didn’t do that with my pace,” said Lacy, who was timed in 18:40.14. “I had an OK race and this is a good place to start.”

Manning, a senior, was a distant third and finished in 19:23.76, slower than her 18:57.36 in last year’s race.

“I never got close to them,” she said. “I just tried to run my own race. The heat didn’t bother me as much as it did some people.”

Kassidy Manning from Floyd County High School competes in the Tiger Run Cross Country Meet at Champions Park off River Road Saturday morning. Manning placed third. August 29, 2015

Kassidy Manning from Floyd County High School competes in the Tiger Run Cross Country Meet at Champions Park off River Road Saturday morning. Manning placed third. August 29, 2015

Besides Sapienza-Wright’s one point, Manual got seven from Emma Kuntz, 17 from Jordan Grantz, and 25 and 26, respectively, from the team’s lone seniors, Labreea Hall and Emma Dryden.

The Dowdy boys were 1-2 for nearly two miles, “then Thomas caught up with us, and he and I battled the last mile together,” Cole Dowdy said. “It was fun. We won State last year and we know it’ll be hard to repeat because St. X. is always good.”

In the boys race, Cole ran second to Hayden last year, but won this time in 15:41.17. Thomas came in at 15:44.33 and Hayden followed in 16.00.85.

“I stayed comfortable the first mile or two, then worked my way up to where the leaders were,” Thomas, a senior, said. “Cole had a little more gas left than I did at the end.”

Hayden, a senior who won in 15:46.68 last year, felt good about his race. “I tried to hold my position so I’m happy with my race, knowing I was coming off an Achilles injury,” he said. “I missed the whole track season last spring.”

St. X. was missing two regular runners because of injuries, but after Thomas and Hayden, the Tigers had sophomores — Cooper Marchal, Eric Portaro and Clay Meiers – place 23rd, 27th and 29th among the 315 participants.

Trinity ran well in a pack with junior Jacob Burnam leading the way in 15th place.

Brothers, Tanner and Cole Dowdy lead the pack at the Tiger Run Cross Country Meet at Champions Park off River Road Saturday morning. August 29, 2015

Brothers, Tanner and Cole Dowdy lead the pack at the Tiger Run Cross Country Meet at Champions Park off River Road Saturday morning. August 29, 2015

RESULTS

35th Tiger Run

At Champions Park

Top 20 boys teams – St. Xavier 84, Trinity 100, South Oldham 101, Eastern 144, Tates Creek 219, Manual 238, Lexington Christian 264, North Oldham 310, Eastern (Pekin, Ind.) 320, St. Henry 337, New Albany 380, Apollo 407, Paul Dunbar 422, Pulaski County 432, Holy Cross 446, Christian Academy of Indiana 447, Atherton 464, Thomas Nelson 482, Floyd Central 487, Green County 491.

Top 20 individuals (5,000 meters) – 1. Cole Dowdy. South Oldham, 15.41.17; 2. Matthew Thomas, St. X., 15:44.33; 3. Spencer Hayden, S.t X., 16:00.85; 4. Tanner Dowdy, South Oldham, 16:04.22; 5. Josh Ratts, Eastern Pekin, 16:15.39; 6. A dam Huff, Lex. Christian, 16:17.23; 7. Sam Ackerman, Eastern, 16:18.95; 8. Yared Nuguse, Manual, 16:25.88; 9. Skylar Stidham, Eastern, 16:28.67;10. Jarrett Mattingly, Thomas Nelson, 16:32.14; 11. Sam Smith, Pulaski County, 16:34.89; 12. Caleb Futter, Eastern Pekin, 16:35.60; 13. Alex Mortimer, Tates Creek, 16:37.18; 14. Hayden Tinal, South Oldham, 16:37.46; 15. Jacob Burham, Trinity, 16:16:38.02; 16. Aaron Wier, Lex. Christian, 16:39.76; 17. Emerson Wells, Eastern, 16:44.18; 18. Sam McCalpin, Trinity, 16. 45.45; 19. Kyle Sprague, Tates Creek, 16:45.81; 20. Josh Hannon, St. Henry, 16:46.11.

Varsity girls take off at the start of the Tiger Run Cross Country Meet at Champions Park off River Road Saturday morning. August 29, 2015

Varsity girls take off at the start of the Tiger Run Cross Country Meet at Champions Park off River Road Saturday morning. August 29, 2015

Top 20 girls teams — Manual 76, Male 85, Floyd Central 90, Tates Creek 144, South Oldham 162, Montgomery County 252, Sacred Heart Academy 282, Pulaski County 286, Assumption 307, Lexington Christian 313,New Albany 318, Atherton 324, Christian Academy 363, Collegiate 397, Casey County 420, Henry County 423, Mercy Academy 450, Chrisian  Academy (Indiana) 471, Kentucky Country Day 492, Paul Dunbar 508.

Top 20 individuals (5,000 meters) — 1. Alena Sapienza-Wright, Manual, 18.26.68; 2. Kaitlyn Lacy, Male, 18:40.14; 3. Kassidy Manning, Floyd Central, 19:23.76; 4. McKenna Cavanaugh CAL of Indiana), 19.46.01; 5. Shelby Watkins, Nicholas County, 19:53.49. 6.Sierra Poppell, Bullitt East, 20:08.23; 7. Hallie Searcy, South Oldham, 20:12.43; 8. Jenna Strange, Tates Creek, 20:22.24; 9. Emma Kuntz, Manual, 20:31.41; 10. Clara Lynch, Christian Academy. 20:32.79; 11. Kylie Sorg, Floyd Central, 20:39.20. 12. Rachel Curry, Male, 20:43.14; 13. Maddy  Jenkins, Paul Dunbar, 20:46.94; 14. Maggie Kiper, Male, 20:51.02; 15. Haley Webb, South Oldham, 20:52.75; 16. Madalyn O’Dea, Christian Academy, 21:01.24; 17. Madison Messina, 21:Male,21:08.91; 18. Kendall Hayes, Lex. Christian, 21:10.37; 19. Jordan Grantz, Manual, 21:11.05; 20. Shannon Brown, Atherton, 21:14.28.

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