The St. Therese cross country team put on another impressive display on Thursday, October 1, as the Mustangs claimed two team titles and four individual championships at the Lloyd Juggernaut Series Middle School/Elementary Series.
In the girls' middle school race, Carolyn Bertsch won her third race of the season by covering the 3200-meter course in a time of 14:08.60. Kara Fornash (16:00.80), in her first run at the middle school level, crossed the line in fourth place.
In the boys' middle school race, the Mustangs finished second, just two points behind champion Lloyd (34-36). Collin Walker had his best race of the season, finishing third overall in a time of 13:59.50. Clint Bartels (14:12.00) followed in third and Alex Jones (14:12.80) in fourth. Evan Ling (15:31.70) finished 12th and Evan Sprong (16:07.40) crossed the line in 14th.
In the girls' primary race, Sarah Bertsch replicated her big sister's earlier performance by winning the individual title, covering the 800-meter course in a time of 3:50.90. Anna Petroze (4:05.80) finished second, while Maggie Schlosser (4:27.00) posted her best performance of the season by coming in fourth, followed by Morgan Barnes (4:33.30), who also had her best race of the year in seventh.
Nick Petroze won his second straight race in the boys' elementary division, cruising the 1600-meter course in a time of 6:23.30 to lead the Mustangs to the team title. Nick Gish (6:27.70) was close behind in second, followed by Grant Uhlenbrock (6:32.20) in third. Adam Uhlenbrock (6:42.90) was seventh, Jacob Neace (6:54.00) finished 11th, and Owen Flanigan (7:09.90) crossed the line in 13th place.
In the girls' elementary race, Karsen Hunter continued her dominance at the elementary level, leading four consecutive St. Therese runners to the finish line in a time of 6:58.80 over the 1600-meter course. Maddie Mariani (7:19.20), Summer Meadows (7:24.60), and Jeanna Carr (7:25.70) finished in a tight pack for second through fourth positions. Michaela Wagner (8:09.40) finished 11th, with Sarah Krebs (8:15.10) close behind in 12th. Julia Dill (11:16.40) finished strong in the final 100 yards to come home in 31st position.
The Team Kentucky Series race at Mills Road Park presented a more difficult challenge for the St. Therese runners, as the races were significantly longer than anything the teams had run this year. Didn't matter one bit, as the Mustangs posted numerous impressive performances in all age divisions.
In the girls' primary division, Sarah Bertsch finished fourth overall, turning the 2000-meter course in a time of 10:13.7 to lead St. Therese to a second-place showing. Anna Petroze (10:33.4) finished seventh; Maggie Schlosser (11:48.4) was 16th; Maddie Kramer (11:50.9) finished 17th; Allison Wilking (12:23.2) was 22nd; and Morgan Barnes (12:33.3) finished 24th.
In the boys' primary race, Grant Uhlenbrock led all runners to the finish line, winning in a time of 8:52.7. Owen Flanigan (9:46.3) claimed seventh place, while Kyle Hunter (9:49.8), in his first race, came home in eighth.
In the girls' elementary race, the Mustangs claimed five of the top nine places to easily win the team title. Karsen Hunter won again, covering the 3000-meter course in a time of 14:01.7. Kara Fornash (14:37.9) claimed second, followed by Maddie Mariani (14:38.4) in third. Jeanna Carr (14:55.2) crossed the line fifth, Summer Meadows (15:38.1) claimed ninth, and Sarah Krebs (18:02.4) finished in 16th.
In the boys' elementary race, Nick Petroze won the first race of his career, covering the 3000-meter course in 12:51.1 to outpace a tough, competitive field for the victory. Adam Uhlenbrock (13:36.3) finished fifth, followed by Nick Gish (13:37.6) in sixth, and Ryan Wilking (17:45.2) in 20th.
In the girls' middle school race, Carolyn Bertsch continued to dominate, winning in a time of 18:18.9, almost a full minute ahead of the nearest competitor.
On the boys's middle school side, Clint Bartels finished 11th in a time of 18:24.00 to lead the Mustangs. Collin Walker (18:39.2) finished 16th, Alex Jones (18:54.3) was 17th, and Evan Ling (19:37.7) claimed 21st position.
The Mustang cross country team moved into the second half of the season with a number of impressive performances at the Walton-Verona Invitational on Saturday, October 2.
On the middle school side, Carolyn Bertsch finished fourth out of 82 runners. covering the 3,000-meter course in a time of 16:40.42. Kaiya Linkugel (22:30.44), battling shin problems, persevered and finished 70th.
On the boys side, Clint Bartels enjoyed his best performance of the season, finishing sixth overall in a time of 16:11.82. Collin Walker (16:25.68) and Alex Jones (16:31.30), as is the norm, finished back-to-back in 11th and 12th positions respectively, while Evan Ling (17:35.04) came home in 22nd position.
In the elementary races, which were run together, Karsen Hunter claimed her fifth individual championship of the season, covering the 2,000-meter course in 7:37.53 to lead the Mustangs to another team title. Maddie Mariani (8:14.39) finished second, followed by Jeanna Carr (8:25.60) in fourth, Summer Meadows (8:32.16) in sixth, and Michaela Wagner (8:37.17) in eighth. Anna Petroze (9:00.85) was 9th, Sarah Krebs (9:08.57) was 10th, Morgan Barnes (9:47.75) was 12th, Julia Dill (12:09.16) was 15th, and MacKenzie Meadows (12:19.59) finished 16th.
The boys' elementary team also claimed the team title, led by Nick Petroze (7:01.25) who finished second overall. Grant Uhlenbrock (7:44.03) was fourth, followed closely by his brother, Adam (7:45.47) in fifth, Jacob Neace (7:53.40) in sixth, Owen Flanigan (8:37.17) in eighth, and Ryan Wilking (10:09.50) in ninth.
The Mustangs return to action this Wednesday at the Team Kentucky race at Mills Road Park, beginning with the primary race at 5:15.
The St. Therese cross country team had a great day at the Scott Classic, earning a pair of teams titles while receiving a number of impressive individual performances.
The girls' elementary team bounced back from its second-place showing at the St. Joe's Bluejay Classic by winning in impressive fashion by a score of 37-56 to their nearest competitor. Karsen Hunter won her fourth race of the season by covering the reconfigured 1600-meter course in a time of 6:56.41. Kara Fornash (7:42.64) backed up her fine 2010 debut by coming in fourth. Maddie Mariani (7:50.73) jumped back into the top 10 with a sixth-place performance, followed by Jeanna Carr (7:57.14) who continues to improve each race, in ninth place. Rounding out the top five was second-grader Anna Petroze (8:18.10), who had her best race of the year by finishing in 18th place. Another great performance by a first-year runner was turned in by Maddie Kramer (8:31.47) who finished 23rd overall. Michaela Wagner (8:56.41) finished 29th;
The St. Therese primary girls' team captured the team title, and three individual winners took home first-place hardware at the St. Joe's Bluejay Classic on Thursday, September 23.
The girls' primary team, which finished with a total score of 19 points, was led by Sarah Bertsch who finished second in just her second race of the season, covered the 1000-meter course in a time of 3:59.28. Maddie Kramer (4:11.38) came home in fourth place, followed by Brooke Bihl (4:15.55), another runner in just her second race of the year, in fifth; Anna Petroze (4:21.85) in seventh; and Maggie Schlosser (4:42.71) rounded out the top 5 in 11th position. Morgan Barnes (4:48.53) finished 13th, Allison Wilking (4:53.21) was 16th, and MacKenzie Meadows crossed the finish line in 19th place.
In the boys' primary race, Grant Uhlenbrock claimed the individual title by covering the 1000-meter course in a time of 3:38.21. Owen Flanigan (3:56.21) had an impressive performance, finishing in fifth place.
In the girls' elementary race, Karsen Hunter continued her outstanding season with another first-place performance, cruising the 1600-meter course in 7:29.56 to win handily and lead the Mustangs to a second-place showing. Finishing second, in just her first race of the season, was Kara Fornash (7:59.39). Jeanna Carr (8:44.70) finished ninth, followed closely by Summer Meadows (8:48.51) in 10th, and Maddie Mariani (9:14.34) in 14th position. Michaela Wagner (9:37.67) finished in 16th place, Sarah Krebs (9:58.37) was 18th, and Julia Dill (13:34.81) was 23rd.
In the boys' elementary race, the Mustangs also finished second, led by Nick Petroze who won a end-of-the-race sprint to claim the runner-up position. Nick Gish (7:33.77) secured the seventh position, followed by Adam Uhlenbrock (7:49.46) in ninth; Jacob Neace (7:53.15) in 10th; and Ryan Wilking (9:57.37) in 25th.
In the girls' middle school race, Carolyn Bertsch blitzed the field, covering the 3200-meter field in 14:21.54 to win by nearly a minute. Kaiya Linkugel (20:00.90) finished 14th.
The boys' middle school team also finished second at St. Joe's, led by Clint Bartels who crossed the finish line in a time of 14:13.91 to earn fifth place. Alex Jones (14:23.57) finished in eighth place, followed by Collin Walker (14:34.04) in 10th; Evan Ling (15:44.97) in 13th; and Evan Sprong (15:56.09).
The St. Therese cross country team traveled to Sherman Elementary School for the Grant County Invitational on Saturday, September 11, and left with several pieces of hardware, including an individual title.
Fifth-grader Karsen Hunter won the girls' elementary race in 7:01.1, to lead the Mustangs to a six-point team victory. Hunter, who has now won back-to-back races, pulled away from her closest pursuer over the second half of the 1600-meter race to win by a comfortable 12-second margin. The team victory in a race that included 88 runners wouldn't have been possible, however, without season-best performances from many other Mustang runners. This included Maddie Mariani (7:35.3) in seventh place, Jeanna Carr (7:49.6) in 12th, Summer Meadows (8:11.5) in 17th, and a career run from Michaela Wagner (8:34.7), who finished in 25th place to round out the top-five scoring and clinch the victory. Sarah Krebs (8:36.9) followed in 28th, Anna Petroze (8:46.8) finished in 34th, Maddie Kramer (8:55.5) was 40th, Maggie Schlosser (9:07.9) finished 46th, Morgan Barnes (9:49.0) was 61st, MacKenzie Meadows (10:17.9) finished 65th, and Julia Dill (12:04.0) was 78th.
The boys' elementary team followed with an outstanding performance of their own, finishing second to host Grant County by a score of 43-54. Nick Gish (6:47.3) finished 11th out of 129 competitors in his first run for the Mustangs, followed closely by Nick Petroze (6:47.3) in 12th. Adam Uhlenbrock (7:04.2) finished 19th, followed by Jacob Neace (7:06.8), in only his second career race in, 21st, and Grant Uhlenbrock (7:13.2) in 22nd. The Mustangs also finished second last year to Grant County, but in that race the margin was 51 points.
In the boys' middle school race, The Mustangs finished seventh overall, led by Clint Bartels (13.26.7) who finished 32nd out of 116 runners competing in the 3000-meter race. Collin Walker (14:00.8) and Alex Jones (14:04.3) crossed the line in 45th and 46th places, respectively, while Evan Ling (14:53.0) finished 60th and Evan Sprong (16:31.5) came home in 90th.
The Mustangs will split up next Saturday, with the middle school teams heading to the Covington Catholic Invitational at Devou Park, and the elementary teams traveling to the Mason County Invitational in Maysville.