Cross Country: Local teams shine despite last minute schedule changes

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By Elliott Pratt

 The Oldham County and North Oldham cross country teams were “washed out” by Hurricane Joaquin last weekend and unable to attend the Great American event in Cary, North Carolina.


OC was able to secure a spot in the Tates Creek Invitational at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, where the boys’ team finished sixth and the girls’ team placed second.

The Lady Colonels’ had five runners finish in the top 20 to accumulate 53 points as race winner Science Hill (Tenn.) won the event with 38 points. Race host Tates Creek placed third with 96 points.

Sammantha Griffin and Rachel Gibson finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 20:05.79 and 20:06.83.

Sarah Abukwaik, Evelyn Constant and Briana Vance rounded out the top five runners for OC.

Freshman Jacob Brizendine led the Colonels with a personal record of 17:02 for 10th place in his first ever varsity race. Michael Drury was second-best for OC with a time of 17:12 and senior co-captain Shaun Montgomery finished 27th at 17:50.

Garrett Hadaway (34th, 18:04) and senior co-captain Eli Christensen (38th, 18:15) rounded out the Colonels’ top five runners.

The OC JV girls team took home first place with a dominating 32 points as five Lady Colonels placed in the top 10. Casey Vandenbark led the way with a second place finish in 22:46. Emma Wayland (fourth, 23:36), Maddie Campbell (seventh, 24:10), Katy Chapman (ninth, 24:21) and Tori Hafner (10th, 24:29) wrapped up the scoring.

The boys JV team finished second with 44 points, edged by first place Butler with 38. Isaiah Cook finished fifth while Ben Anderson, Logan Parker and Joshua Hancock finished eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively. Hunter Fields finished right behind the group in 12th.

The North Oldham girls cross country team was able to secure a place in the Greater Louisville Classic at Tom Sawyer Park. Of the 18 girls participating, 13 ran seasonal best times. Three placed in the top 50, led by senior Erin Edmundson with a sixth place finish as North placed eighth out of 34 teams. In the varsity race and open race, the Lady Mustangs beat Male for the first time this year in both, finishing seventh out of 14 teams in the open race.

“The girls really picked it up and raced very hard and put together a pair of great team races,” coach Brian Crumbo said. “I am very proud of every one of these girls.”

The Colonels hosted the Oldham County Championships between all three county schools and will host the SOHS Dragon Invitational this Saturday in Buckner.


NOHS Results


Erin Edmunson, 18:49

Avery Fryman, 20:05

Anna Costelle, 20:12

Lucy Wiedmar, 21:21

Kendal Lemonds, 21:32

Hannah Binzer, 21:52

Allison Byers, 22:38

Abbie Binzer, 22:59

Libby Foster, 23:54

Alayna Maslowski, 23:56

Gwen Moore, 24:10

Fiona Wasson, 24:42

Abigail Condit, 26:08

Olivia Wood, 26:23

Rachel Scherer, 26:46

Jordyn Newhouse, 28:32

Alysa Rauh, 30:53


- Information submitted by Mike Montgomery and North assistant coach Stu Fischer.