The boys and girls cross country teams both had a great weekend at the Rumble Through the Jungle in Goshen, KY.
The boys varsity team faced off over 5000m against a short-handed St. Xavier team, currently ranked first in KY. Both the Eagles and the Tigers were missing several seniors who were taking the ACT. The boys saw great running up front as senior Sam Ackerman led much of the race and finished a strong 2nd in 16:08. Senior Luke Hoover also finished in the top 10, placing 8th in 16:46. Underclassmen Alex Geoghegan, Seth Ackerman, and Pierce Wells finished the scoring for the Eagles who scored 86 to runner up St. X’s 111.
The girls varsity faced an incredible field including defending AAA State Champions from Manual, defending AA State Champions from CAL, and podium finisher from 2016 Oldham County. The ladies competed well with Lizzy Carter leading the way in 16th place, running 20:40. She was followed closely by both Alex Casey and Justice Pohlman-Singleton who ran 21:34 and 21:35 respectively. The Eagles finished the meet 4th behind the three pre-meet favorites, but only 16 points behind CAL. They also defeated regional rivals from Mercy and South Oldham.
Both JV teams also fared well. The boys JV team finished 2-5 with Chase Robinson, Logan Hale, Michael Zeiger, and Devin Ballard between 18:03 and 18:14, the final JV scorer was freshman Quint Smaldone in 18:28. The JV boys dominated their field to win 22-86 over their closest opponent.
Girls JV was led for a second week in a row by Hannah Ellis who claimed the win and a new PR of 21:20. The ladies had a close battle with two of the deepest teams in KY (Manual and Oldham Co.) but finished 3rd with all of the scoring from 9th graders Ellis, Chelsea Gaesser, Nia Jones, Megan Gullett, and Chelsea Gaesser.
See full results from the Rumble Through the Jungle here: http://ky.milesplit.com/meets/279861/results
Next up for the Eagles is the Trinity / Valkyrie Invitational on Saturday 9/16 at Tom Sawyer Park. The Trinity Invitational features most of KY’s top teams, as well as several nationally rated programs from the surrounding states.