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With the 2012 cross country season winding down, local teams are gearing up to take their respective courses at the regional meet. For Oldham County, that means a quick trip down I-71 to EP “Tom” Sawyer Park, while North and South Oldham runners head out to Henry County High School in Eminence.
Each will face their own fair share of challenges though.
Class 2A including NOHS and SOHS will kick things off Saturday with the first race scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
The North Oldham boys’ are seen as a presumed favorite after winning last year’s state championship. That said, they’ll be at a disadvantage without top runner Trenton Fryman, who is sidelined with a foot injury.
Even without Fryman, the Mustangs have plenty talent. In the latest Milesplit rankings, five of the top-20 runners in Class 2A call the Goshen/Prospect area home.
David Terkula and Luke Tarvestad will shoulder the load in trying to make it back to Lexington, but Nolan Ruhs, Luke Cummins and David Gardiner will also be important.
As a team, North sits at No. 1 in the Class 2A rankings, while regional foe South Oldham sits in seventh at the state level. That said, regardless of who finishes first or second in the region, both should be just fine in their quest to qualify for state.
The South Oldham boys’ team will be led by freshmen Tanner and Cole Dowdy.
On the girls’ side, South Oldham holds the inside track as the top ranked team in Class 2A but North sits right behind them in second.
Neither girls’ team should have a problem advancing to Lexington. This weekend’s meet could very well serve as a preview for the state meet.
The Dragons will be led by senior Grace Whitworth and junior Keightley Dudgeon, while North will look to No. 3-ranked freshman Erin Edmundson.
The Class 3A race is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Things look vague for the Oldham County girls’ team. Ranked by Milesplit as the class’ fourth best team, the Colonels will face a big challenge as powerhouses Assumption and Sacred Heart are in the same region.
The number of teams advancing to the state tournament is based on how many teams compete in regionals. If all expected teams make an appearance at Tom Sawyer, the Colonels have a good shot of punching their ticket to Lexington.
One strength the Oldham County girls have is their pack mentality.
Outside of Caroline Grogan, the No. 9 ranked runner in Class 3A, the Colonels stay relatively close. Kati Heil, Chelsea Bear, and Haley and Hannah Mullins will be key to seeing the team through.
On the boys’ side, the Colonels figure to have a much steeper climb to Lexington as both Trinity and Eastern sit in front of them in the rankings.
Junior Tyler Lega in particular will need to have a strong showing for Oldham County to slide in as a possible third team to make the trip to the Kentucky Horse Park in November.
If they can do that, all six programs should begin making travel arrangements for the trip to state.
The meet is scheduled for Nov. 10
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