North Oldham wins state championship: Other local runners claim top team, individual finishes as well

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By Greg Waddell

Traveling to Lexington for the KHSAA state cross-country meet over the weekend, all six local teams wrapped up their season in memorable fashion. Five of those finished in the top five of their respective classes.
North Oldham got things started in the boys’ Class 2A race, repeating as state champions for the third straight time.
Junior Luke Tarvestad led the way for the team from the opening gun, crossing the line at 17:17.71 to claim 11th place.
“I knew we were going to have to work really hard for it and I knew that I was going to have more of a leadership role on the team this year,” Tarvestad said.  “It all worked out well for us. This has been a lot of fun.”
He was followed by Nolan Ruhs and Luke Cummins in 17th and 19th, respectively, with times of 17:33 and 17:38.02, while Matt Powers, David Gardiner and David Terkula rounded out the top six for North in 29th, 54th and 72nd.
What makes it even more impressive is the fact North’s top two runners, Tyler Thompson and Trenton Fryman, have been sidelined for the better part of the season with injuries. Neither was available to run in Lexington.
“The guys we ran with weren’t the guys we would have expected to run with in the fall,” coach David St. Louis said. “We were without out our top two runners this year but everyone stayed focused. They understood that they wanted to be on the postseason roster and they did everything they could to get there. The depth is part of the system we have in place. Everybody understands that they have the opportunity to be successful.”
 Still, for as impressive as North Oldham was, none of their runners cracked the top 10 — a feat two South Oldham runners, Tanner and Cole Dowdy, managed.
Tanner was the faster of the twins on Saturday, claiming a third place finish with a time of 16:59.63 and Cole grabbed 10th in 17:17.08.
That should also set Tanner up nicely for a run at an individual title next season as the two runners to finish ahead of him will move on to the collegiate ranks and his nearest competitor finished eight seconds slower.
Hayden Tinal would cross the line next for the Dragons in 47th at 18:19.16, followed by James Law, Steven Saxey, Keith Menser and Jared Sanford in 96th, 108th, 163rd and 171st, respectively.
In the girls’ 2A race, South Oldham had their run of four straight state championships broken as Highlands edged them out for the No. 1 spot by a score of 65-96.
Senior Grace Whitworth was the first Dragon to cross the line, grabbing a sixth place finish with a time of 19:47.80. She was followed by Kayla Alsup in 25th at 20:56.01 and Keightley Dudgeon in 28th.
Alex Gilliland, Erin Wilson and Corinne Sanford rounded out the top six for South in 31st, 32nd and 54th.
North Oldham finished right behind them in third with 117 points, but did have the top local individual as Erin Edmundson capped off an impressive freshman season with a third place showing in 19:34.77. Marissa Lowe was the next Mustang to cross the line, finishing in 13th at 20:12.36, while Maggie Fiorito, Allison Keeler, Shelby Adams and Christina Ausley rounded out the top six for North in 24th, 47th, 56th and 99th, respectively.
In the 3A race, the Oldham County girls’ captured fifth place with two runners finishing in the top 20. Caroline Grogan was the top finisher for the Colonels in 7th with a time of 18:59.67, while Kati Heil finished 10 spots behind her in 17th at 19:56.48.
Haley and Hannah Mullins were the next two Oldham County races across the line in 27th and 39th, respectively, while Samantha Griffin and Chelsea Bear finished back-to-back at 46th and 47th to round out the top six.
The Oldham County boys finished in 22nd led by Tyler Lega in 27th. He was followed by Drew Maddy (140th), Andre Rochet (147th), Dylan Romero (160th), Nathan Atkin (173rd) and Shaun Montgomery (175th).

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