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North Oldham Team of the Year

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(TIE) Boys cross-country and Girls track and field

By Brad Stephens

Two groups of North Oldham runners claimed state titles in 2013-14.

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North’s boys cross country team won its fourth straight championship, scoring a Class 2A-best 53 points on a windy morning Nov. 9 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

The Mustangs used a consistent approach to beat second-place Covington Catholic by 16 points.

Sophomore Trenton Fryman led the way for North that day, finishing eighth in the class with a time of 16:59.63.

Next was freshman Alex McClarty at No. 12 (17:05.41).

Seniors Nolan Ruhs (17:12.09) and Tyler Thompson checked in at No. 14 and No. 15 (17:14.96), respectively.

“This is incredibly amazing,” Thompson said after the meet. “To come out four times in a row, we’ve been working just so hard from the start.

“To come here and just blow it out again, it’s amazing.”

North’s girls track and field dominated the Class 2A meet, scoring 90.5 points May 23 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

The Lady Mustangs finished 27.5 points clear of second-place Lexington Catholic.

North runners won state titles in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays and junior Maggie Mollak won her second straight state title in the shot put.

The Lady Mustangs notched top five finishes in a total of 11 events.

Erin Olsson, Erin Edmundson, Elizabeth Olive, Jesse Sanders, Nicole Moeller, Avery Fryman, Paige Didier, Emily Morsman, Christina Ausley, Julia Ritz, Grace Dieterle and Haley Oliver all had points-scoring performances.

“A lot of girls on other teams were talking about how they only have distance or they only have sprints and no one pole vaults or throws for them,’ Edmundson said. “We have all of it.”