Titans' tandem take titles

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Karas, Solinger dominate; 3 of 4 teams earn State berths

By Josh Cook

LOUISVILLE – For the second consecutive year Collins swept the girls’ and boys’ races at the Class AA, Region 3 meet.


Freshman Gabby Karas, the two-time defending state champ, captured her second consecutive title in the girls’ race at Louisville’s Champions Park after junior Jay Solinger took the boys’ title, following Devon Fielding’s lead from 2012.

Led by Karas and Solinger, both of the Titans’ teams qualified for Saturday’s KHSAA State Championships. Meanwhile the Shelby County boys’ team clinched its first berth in the state meet in four years, and the Rockets girls’ team will send four to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  

“It was a good day, it was a very good day,” Shelby County Coach Andrew Danner said.


Girls’ race

Karas ran a personal-best – and the fastest time in the state this season – 17 minutes, 34.32 seconds.

“Gabby was Gabby; Gabby ran great,” Collins Coach Stephen Drawbaugh said. “It’s something she’s been trying for all year, as far as time.”

Karas’ time, which was 2:05 faster than runner-up Erin Edmundson of North Oldham, would’ve placed her ninth in the boys’ race.

“The first mile I always want to go out fast, but I was going a little too quick,” she said. “[But] from then I just kept down on the pedal.”  

North Oldham, led by Edmundson, won the team title with 38 points – three ahead of Christian Academy of Louisville, which had the third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers. Collins was third with 58, and Shelby County finished fourth with 85. The top three teams earned invitations to State.

After Karas, the Titans’ next two finishers were sophomore Janette Hynes, who was seventh (21:42.30), and freshman Hannah Stumbo, who finished 11th(21:56.20, a personal best). Juniors Elizabeth McGuire and Sinead Maharrey finished 20th(22:33.68) and 21st(22:34.95), respectively, to round out Collins’ team score.

The Rockets didn’t advance as a team, but their top-four finishers advanced as individuals. Junior Kayce Byrnside led the way, taking 10thin 21:54.44. Last year Byrnside ended an injury-plagued sophomore season with a 58th-place at region.

“After the year she had last year, which was kind of frustrating for her, she really, really worked hard to get back to this point,” Danner said. “I’m thrilled she made it. She’s really stepped up as a top runner for us.”

The Rockets’ second finisher was seventh-grader Carson Aldridge in 15th(22:16.32). Aldridge, Danner said, in the past two meets has shaved 2½minutes off her previous personal-best time.

“This week I think she got it,” he said.

Also advancing to state for Shelby County were freshman Suzanne Gayle, who was 19th(22:31.34), and senior Kate Schaefer, who was 22nd(22:43.16) out of 34.


Boys’ race

Solinger won in 16:20.39 – the fastest in all seven AA regions – 38 seconds ahead of North Oldham freshman Alex McClarty.

Solinger, though, spent most of the race battling another Mustangs runner, sophomore Trenton Fryman, who came in as the top-ranked runner in AA. The two dueled for most of the race Fryman, who ran with his right ankle taped up, even pulled out to a lead at the 2-mile mark before Solinger eventually passed him. Fryman dropped out less than 300 meters from the finish.

“I was going to let him have it, but then I kind of had that extra second wind,” said Solinger, who finished fifth at region last year (four spots behind former teammate Fielding). “I think I wore him out. He hit the wall. I was hoping he would give up, and he did.”

North Oldham, the 3-time-defending state champ, had the Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 finishers and won, with 22 points. Christian Academy of Louisville was second with 72 points. Shelby County edged Collins, 95-98, for third. The top four teams earned State berths.

It’ll be the Rockets’ first appearance at the state meet since 2009, one year before Shelby County’s “split.”

Freshmen David Jacobs and Tyler Bates led the Rockets, finishing 13th(18:06.44) and 14th(18:06.91, a personal-best), respectively.

“They did what they’ve been doing all season, leading the team and working with each other,” Danner said.

Freshman Kory Eades was 19th(18:19.89, a personal-best), junior Alex Goodwin was 21st(18:25.58, a season-best) and junior Mason Daugherty was 30th(19:09.89, a season-best).

“Goodwin ran a great race,” Danner said.

Collins sophomore Jacob Hershberger was ninth, in a personal-best 17:43.11.

The Titans’ team score included senior Stevie Smith in 27th(18:58.11), junior Steven Cheppo in 29th(18:58.11) and senior Cody Thompson in 37th(19:33.46).


Class AA, Region 3 meet


Team scores –1. North Oldham 22; 2. Christian Academy of Louisville 72; 3. Shelby County 95; 4. Collins 98; 5. Spencer County 126; 6. DeSales 127; 7. Moore 166.

Top 20 – 1. Jay Solinger (CHS) 16:20.39;2. Alex McClarty (North Oldham) 16:58.89; 3. Nolan Ruhs (North Oldham) 17:05.12; 4. Luke Tarvestad (North Oldham) 17:06.02; 5. Travis O’Dell (Spencer County) 17:08.06; 6. Tyler Thompson (North Oldham) 17:20.37; 7. Matt Powers (North Oldham) 17:29.39; 8. David Terkula (North Oldham) 17:33.45; 9. Jacob Hershberger (CHS) 17:43.11; 10. Caleb Pryor (CAL) 17:59.37; 11. Eric Lesmeister (CAL) 17:59.71; 12. Jonathan Mattingly (DeSales) 18:03.54; 13. David Jacobs (SCHS) 18:06.44; 14. Tyler Bates (SCHS) 18:06.91; 15. Tim Poynter (Moore) 18:10.78; 16. Andrew Sitlinger (CAL) 18:11.32; 17. Conner Cloyd (CAL) 18:15.93; 18. Austin Schaper (CAL) 18:18.53; 19. Kory Eades (SCHS) 18:19.89; 20. Adam Waggener (CAL) 18:25.05.

Other SCHS finishers:21. Alex Goodwin 18:25.58; 30. Mason Daugherty 19:09.89; 32. David Armistead 19:19.35; 42. Tristan King 20:16.97.

Other CHS finishers:27. Stevie Smith 18:58.11; 29. Steven Cheppo 18:58.69; 37. Cody Thompson 19:33.46; 40. Matthew Hershberger 19:59.36; 48. Corbet Johnson 21:19.37.


Team scores –1. North Oldham 38; 2. CAL 41; 3. Collins 58; 4. Shelby County 85.

Top 20 – 1. Gabby Karas (CHS) 17:34.32;2. Erin Edmundson (North Oldham) 19:39.53; 3. Clara Lynch (CAL) 20:16.69; 4. Hannah Herd (CAL) 20:17.84; 5. Callie Donaldson (CAL) 21:00.96; 6. Marissa Lowe (North Oldham) 21:14.84; 7. Janette Hynes (CHS) 21:42.30; 8. Grace Dieterle (North Oldham) 21:45.58; 9. Charlotte Gettelfinger (North Oldham) 21:53.48; 10. Kayce Byrnside (SCHS) 21:54.44; 11. Hannah Stumbo (CHS) 21:56.20; 12. Candace Putlak (CAL) 21:57.64; 13. Tymeitha Tolbert (Moore) 22:03.65; 14. Caitlin Roberts (North Oldham) 22:07.25; 15. Carson Aldridge (SCHS) 22:16.32; 16. Jesse Sanders (North Oldham) 22:22:92; 17. Christina Ausley (North Oldham) 22:26.14; 18. Kenzie Stovall (CAL) 22:28.26; 19. Suzanne Gayle (SCHS) 22:31.34; 20. Elizabeth McGuire (CHS) 22:33.68.

Other CHS finishers:21. Sinead Maharrey 22:34.95; 24. Katie Vogel 23:26.00; 26. Brandi Pratt 23:50.34.

Other SCHS finishers:22. Kate Schaefer 22:43.16; 23. Alexis Shepard 22:56.12.