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Three St.X Runners set to compete in Friday’s Dream Mile

Tomorrow night at 8:30, apart from the Oaks and Derby, another premier racing event will be held in the state of Kentucky. No it will not take place at Churchill Downs, but our very own St. Xavier High School, and no there will not be horses. Rather, there will be three of our student-athletes from the Tiger Track and Field team who will compete in the Dream Mile.

The Dream Mile is an annual event held at St.X that pits the Top 16 Girls and Boys one milers in the state of Kentucky against one another, making it the best race in the state and one of the best in the nation.

The Tigers have had a lot of success in the event, with Matthew Thomas (Class of ’16) and William Mulloy (Class of ’15) both winning the event.

This year, the eight annual Dream Mile features three of St.X’s own one milers, the most by one school in the field. Here’s a look at the full lineup and seed times for the boys:

  1. Yared Nuguse (Manual, 4:14.33)
  2. Trevor Warren (Trinity, 4:22.46)
  3. Grady Shiflet (St. Xavier, 4:23.10)
  4. Alex Mortimer (Tates Creek, 4:23.12)
  5. Keeton Thornsberry (Holy Cross, 4:24.31)
  6. 6. Dylan Allen (Male, 4:25.38)
  7. Logan Greco (Meade County, 4:25.82)
  8. Austin Matthews (Paul Dunbar, 4:25.93)
  9. Alex McCarty (North Oldham, 4:26.35)
  10. Cooper Marchal (St. Xavier, 4:28.41)
  11. Josiah Harp (Central Hardin, 4:28.58)
  12. Spencer Carman (Lexington Catholic, 4:29.15)
  13. Jacob Burnham (Trinity, 4:29.30)
  14. Ryan Guenthner (St. Xavier, 4:29.46)
  15. Luke Spurrier (South Warren, 4:30.68)
  16. Garrett Hadaway (Oldham County, 4:30.74).

Good luck to all these guys and Go Tigers!

#6 Matthew Thomas Wins the Dream Mile

With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!

Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas | Photo from the Courier-Journal

The Dream Mile is an annual race in Kentucky that hosts the best girls and boys one milers in the state. It is by far one of the most competitive races of the year among the high school ranks in Kentucky and in the nation.

Although it was the day of the Kentucky Oaks, current University of Kentucky runner Matthew Thomas saved the best race two hours and forty one minutes after Cathryn Sophia had won her race.

Thomas was seeded fourth in the race, and was coming off of an injury. No one was really sure what to expect. But after placing fifth at the race last year, Thomas knew that he was going to go out and try to win this.

He went on to deliver his best race of the year. He trailed behind the leader for nearly three laps, but he finally took the lead on the final lap and finished first with a time of 4:13.80.

#10 Tiger Swimming and Diving’s 28th consecutive title

#9 Tiger Basketball’s Regular Season Win Over Trinity

#8 Sam Mudd’s Walkoff Homerun

#7 Tiger Cross Country Qualifies for Nationals

 

Eight Spring Sport Tigers sign their Letters of Intent

2016 Spring Sport Signees

2016 Spring Sport Signees | Photo by Cole Bollinger

Eight Tiger athletes signed with their respective colleges on Wednesday at St. X’s spring signing day. It was an exciting day for the athletes, their families and the teammates and classmates that came to watch.

Baseball – Sam Porta (Asbury) and Keegan Snowbarger (Baldwin Wallace)

Lacrosse – Bryce Perram (Otterbein), JC Storner (Otterbein) and Corbyn Buchart (Transylvania)

Golf – Joseph Allen (Centre)

Cross Country/Track – Matthew Thomas (Kentucky)

Tennis – Matt Graft (Xavier)

Congrats Tigers!

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Tiger Cross Country wins Varsity, JV and Freshman Tiger Run

Seniors Spencer Hayden and Matthew Thomas run side by side after 1 mile | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Seniors Spencer Hayden and Matthew Thomas run side by side after 1 mile | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Tiger Cross Country started their first race of the year winning the Varsity, JV, and Freshman races at Tiger Run. The Tigers won by 16 with 84 points. Trinity finished second with 100 points and nudged out South Oldham who had 101 points.

Seniors Matthew Thomas and Spencer Hayden placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the varsity race. Sophomores Cooper Marchal, Eric Portaro, and Clay Meiers also placed top 5 for varsity.

“I definitely wanted to win,” said Matthew Thomas. “It was a fast time for this early in the season, and I know I can compete with them. It doesn’t matter now though; it matters in November. I feel confident that we will win state. If we can win here with missing Ryan Guenthner and Patrick Schaffer, two of our top 5 scorers, and two freshman [Shiftlet and Larkin] showing out the way they did, we look pretty good. Grady and Zach will probably be in our top 7 if not top 10 and at least one of them will be running state for us. To win with Trinity, South Oldham, Eastern, and other big names in the state and still being able to beat those teams without some guys was a big boost and gets us rolling into the season with a great start.”

The JV team  placed first with 5 guys finishing in the top 10 including junior Brennan Schaeffer, Alex Weber, Thomas Knepshield, Brock Mayer, and Seth Goodwin.

The freshman were also succesful with Grady Shiflet winning the freshman race, followed by Zach Larkin placing 2nd and Eoin Corbett placing 4th.

“It was good,” Larkin said. “We look really strong having three of our guys in the top 4. I’m really excited for the rest of the season.”

NEXT MEET: September 12 at Rumble through the Jungle (North Oldham Invitational)

Tiger Cross Country ranked #2 in KYTrackXC.com Class 3A Pre-Season rankings

Matthew Thomas | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Matthew Thomas | Photo by Jana Bollinger

KYTrackXC.com released their Class 3A Pre-Season rankings Sunday, and the Tiger Cross Country team came in at #2.

Pre-Season Top 5
1) South Oldham
2) Saint Xavier
3) Trinity
4) Meade County
5) Madison Central

South Oldham defeated St. X last year at the Kentucky Cross Country State Championship by 1 point.

“I feel confident that we’re better than that,” Senior Matthew Thomas said. “We have a lot of young guys that no one knows about. St. X isn’t a number 2 kind of school, and we’re going to go out and prove that.”

Tiger Cross Country will host most of these teams at Tiger Run next Saturday including South Oldham and Trinity.

[KYTrackXC.com Class 3A Pre-Season Rankings]

Tiger Track and Field team looks to win their 3rd straight Region Championship this weekend

Patrick Ritter | Photo by The Courier-Journal

Patrick Ritter | Photo by The Courier-Journal

The Tiger Track and Field team will look to win their 3rd straight Region Championship on Saturday, as the Tigers host Region 3 AAA at Brother Thomas More Page Stadium.

Tiger Track and Field Roster for Region 3 AAA

4 x 800 meter relay – Matthew Thomas, William Mulloy, Ben Kleine-Kracht and Eli George (Alternates – Tyler Just, Michael Porter and Nick Poole)
110 meter hurdles – Jaylon Hibbs and Dallas Ford
100 meter dash – Ben Ruiz and Sam Mishloney
4 x 200 meter relay – Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, Patrick Ritter and Owen Johnson (Alternates – Ben Ruiz, Brock Mayer, Jaylon Hibbs and Colin O’Daniel)
300 meter hurdles – Jaylon Hibbs and Jack Raque
1600 meter run – Matthew Thomas and Cole Bollinger
4 x 100 meter relay – Jaylon Hibbs, Max Masterson, Ricky Garr and Colin O’Daniel (Alternates – Owen Johnson, Ben Ruiz and Sam Mishloney)
400 meter dash – Colin O’Daniel and Brock Mayer
800 meter run – Eli George and William Mulloy
200 meter dash – Ben Ruiz and Brock Mayer
3200 meter run – Andrew Garvey and Patrick Schaeffer
4 x 400 meter relay – Colin O’Daniel, Patrick Ritter, William Mulloy and Eli George (Alternates – Owen Johnson, Matthew Thomas, James Bryant and Brock Mayer)
Long Jump – Max Masterson and Ricky Garr
Triple Jump – Mike Ervin and James Bryant
Shot Put – Jake Glass and Ervin James
Discus – Jake Glass and Evin James
Pole Vault – Barry Banta

Tiger Track and Field team places 9th at 2015 Eastern Relays

Dallas Ford | Photo by The Courier Journal

Dallas Ford | Photo by The Courier Journal

Results Highlights from the 2015 Eastern Relays 

4 x 800 meter relay – Matthew Thomas, Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George and Tyler Just – (1st – 8:03.87): Watch

Shot Put – Jake Glass (1st – 58-06.50)

Discus – Jake Glass (7th – 135-04)

800 meter run – Eli George (8th – 1:59.33): Watch

4 x 400 meter relay – Patrick Ritter, Matthew Thomas, Eli George and Ben Kleine-Kracht (6th – 3:35.87): Watch

 

Raceday Central | Tiger Track and Field Takes on Eastern Relays – Day 2

Saturday, April 25th | University of Louisville | Louisville, KY

Eastern Relays

RACEDAY INFORMATION

Eastern Relays
Saturday, April 25th
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • 9:30 am Field Events begin – Rolling Schedule
    • Long Jump
    • Discus
    • High Jump
    • Triple Jump
    • Shot Put
    • Pole Vault
  • 10:00 am Running Events being – Rolling Schedule
    • 4x800m relay
    • 110m hurdles
    • 100m dash
    • 4x200m relay
    • Mile run
    • 4x100m relay
    • 400m dash
    • 300m hurdles
    • 800m run
    • 200m dash
    • 2000m Steeplechase
    • 4x400m relay

COVERAGE

Twitter: @WSTXSports, @TigerSports_TV
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Last Race: Brother Borgia/Coach Cooper Invitational
USA Today HS Sports: Eastern Relays set this weekend at UofL
Tiger Track and Field to participate in Eastern Relays this weekend
Tigers win Brother Borgia/Coach Cooper Invitational! Results…
Tiger Track and Field places 4th at Taco Bell Classic

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Raceday Central | Tiger Track and Field Takes on Eastern Relays

Friday, April 24th | University of Louisville | Louisville, KY

Eastern Relays

RACEDAY INFORMATION

Eastern Relays
Friday, April 24th
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • Running Events start at 5:00 pm – Rolling Schedule
    • Middle School Boys Mile
    • Open Mile
    • Open 100m
    • 1600m Sprint Relay (200-200-400-800)
    • 4000m Distance Medley (1200-400-800- 1600)
    • Middle School Girls Mile
    • 800m Sprint Medley Relay (100-100-200- 400)
    • 3200m
  • Field Events Start at 6:00 pm – Rolling Schedule
    • Open Pole Vault
    • Open Long Jump
    • Open Triple Jump
    • Open Shot Put
    • Open Discus

COVERAGE

Twitter: @WSTXSports, @TigerSports_TV
Last Race: Brother Borgia/Coach Cooper Invitational
USA Today HS Sports: Eastern Relays set this weekend at UofL
Tiger Track and Field to participate in Eastern Relays this weekend
Tigers win Brother Borgia/Coach Cooper Invitational! Results…
Tiger Track and Field places 4th at Taco Bell Classic

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Tiger Track and Field to participate in Eastern Relays this weekend

 

The Tiger Track and Field team will be taking on the toughest competition of the year when they participate at Eastern Relays this weekend. Teams from all over the Midwest and Southeast will travel into Louisville for the biggest meet in the state of Kentucky each year. The Tigers will look to improve on their 16th place finish from last year.

Tiger Track and Field Roster for Eastern Relays

4 x 800 meter relay – Matthew Thomas, Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George and Tyler Just
110 meter hurdles – Dallas Ford
300 meter hurdles – Jack Raque and Owen Johnson
1600 meter run – Matthew Thomas, Andrew Garvey and Cole Bollinger
4 x 100 meter relay – Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, Ben Ruiz and Brock Mayer
Sprint Medley Relay – Ricky Garr, John Hinkebein, Sam Mishloney and James Bryant
800 meter run – Eli George, Ben Kleine-Kracht and Tyler Just
200 meter dash – Ben Ruiz
3200 meter run – Andrew Garvey and Henry Geisler
4 x 400 meter relay – Patrick Ritter, Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George and Matthew Thomas
Long Jump – Max Masterson
Triple Jump – Mike Ervin
Shot Put – Jake Glass and Ervin James
Discus – Jake Glass
Open 100 – John Hinkebein, Sam Mishloney and Joe Butler
Open 1600 – Patrick Schaefer, Clay Meiers and Clint Sherman
Open 3200 – Joey Schrepferman, Brennan Wheatley and Andrew Edwards
Open Triple Jump – Mike Ervin
Open Shot Put – Joe Fisher and Michael Richards
Open Discus – Evin James

 

 

 

 

Tiger Track and Field tied for first after Day 1; 4 x 800 Relay Team Wins!

The 4 x 800 relay team made its mark on the national stage. | Photo by Jana Bollinger

The 4 x 800 relay team made its mark on the national stage. | Photo by Jana Bollinger

The Tiger Track and Field team has gotten off to a good start at the Taco Bell Classic in Columbia, South Carolina. After the first day, the Tigers are tied for first with Marvin Ridge High School (Waxhaw, NC) at 10 points.

The 10 points the Tigers got on day one came from a great race by the 4 x 800 meter relay team. The relay team of Matthew Thomas, Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George and William Mulloy won the race with a time of 7:54.72. They are very close to the Kentucky state record of 7:52 and qualifying for New Balance Outdoor Nationals (7:53).

You can watch their great race here.

Day 2 starts at 8:30 am with the 3200 meter run.

 

Tiger Track and Field to participate in Taco Bell Classic this weekend

After a week of training in Louisville, the Tiger Track and Field Team will travel down to Columbia, South Carolina for the start of the Taco Bell Classic. The Taco Bell Classic is one of the more prestigious meets in the South, and the Tigers will try and leave their mark.

Tiger Track and Field Roster for Taco Bell Classic

4 x 800 meter relay – William Mulloy, Matthew Thomas, Eli George and Ben Kleine-Kracht; Tyler Just, Michael Porter, Nick Poole and Stephen Wolf
110 meter hurdles – Dallas Ford and Jack Raque
100 meter dash – Ricky Garr and Trevor Hill
JV 1600 – Patrick Schaeffer, Cooper Marchal, Cole Bollinger,Johnny Vaughan, Ryan Guenthner, Brennan Wheatley, Kyle Yates, Andrew Edwards, Corbett Campbell and Jacob Young
1600 meter run – William Mulloy and Matthew Thomas
4 x 100 meter relay – Ricky Garr, Max Masterson, Jonathon Coats and Patrick Ritter
400 meter dash – Patrick Ritter and Trevor Hill
800 meter run – Eli George and Ben Kleine-Kracht
200 meter dash – Max Masterson and Jack Raque
3200 meter run – Andrew Garvey and Henry Geisler
4 x 400 meter relay – Mike Ervin, Patrick Ritter, Matthew Thomas and William Mulloy; James Bryant, Dallas Ford, Jonathon Coats and Nick Poole
Long Jump – Ricky Garr and Max Masterson
Triple Jump – James Bryant and Mike Ervin
Shot Put – Jake Glass and Ervin James
Discus – Joe Fisher and Michael Richards

 

 

2015 Tiger Track and Field Event-by-Event Preview: Distance

William Mulloy will be a force to be reckoned with in the distance events this season. | Photo by Jana Bollinger

William Mulloy will be a force to be reckoned with in the distance events this season. | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Part five in a 5 part series previewing the 2015 St. Xavier Track and Field Tigers: Distance

 

EVENTS

800 meter run

1600 meter run

3200 meter run

WHERE DID THEY FINISH LAST YEAR?

800 – William Mulloy (2nd), Eli George (5th at Regional)

1600 – William Mulloy (1st), Max Mudd (5th)

3200 – Chris Striegel (2nd), Spencer Hayden (13th)

KEY RETURNERS

William Mulloy (SR) – 800, 1600

Eli George (SR) – 800

Spencer Hayden (JR) – 3200

OVERVIEW

Last year at State, Senior William Mulloy was one of the main contributors for the Tiger Track and Field Team. He contributed in 20 of St. X’s 65 points. This year should be no different. He is the favorite once again in the 1600 and a legit chance to contend in the 800. Throw in a possible 3200 and running in the 4 x 400 meter relay, and he has a chance to have one great Saturday.

“I’m working on becoming a smarter racer,” said Mulloy. “Last year I got myself into some pretty tricky situations because of flawed racing tactics. Also doing all of the extras to become the best athlete I can be whether it’s my diet or weight lifting/cross training.”

What kind of cross training is he doing?

“Well unfortunately I was on the bike and in and out of the pool all fall due to injury,” said Mulloy. “But even now that I’m healthy and running, I’ve found that I have had a hard time getting away from those things. So while we are in the process of building mileage and getting in shape, I’ll hop on the bike or in the pool because they are both great ways to stay in shape while not having to worry about injury.”

In the 800, look for Senior Eli George to be the 2nd participant again this year at Region for St. X. George was going into Region with a lot of confidence, but a quick start ruined his race.

“Everything felt good, the weather, my legs, and we were doing well on the day,” said George. “I went out 4 seconds faster for the first 200 than I usually do. Just a huge mistake that a junior shouldn’t have made.”

How far can he go this year?

“It’s tough to say,” said George. “I had a nice indoor time that I was nowhere near last year around that time. If I work hard, I can see 1:57 being a real possibility. As for state, it’s just about racing my team. I don’t see any problem getting past regional, but I just have to be one of the two that coach chooses to put in the 800.”

One of the people that could be coming for that second spot in the 800 is junior Matthew Thomas. He was injured most of last year’s track season, and he could make some noise in May. He will most likely also be the second participant in the 1600, so be prepared to hear more about Thomas this season.

In the 3200, the Tigers lost Chris Striegel to graduation. They return junior Spencer Hayden, but he is currently out with an injury. Hayden should be back before state, but it will be interesting to see how fast he recovers. While Hayden is absent, look for senior Andrew Garvey to step up and fill that spot. He really turned it on at the end of last year, and if he continue that into this year, he could turn some heads in Lexington.

 

2015 Tiger Track and Field Event-by-Event Preview: Relay Teams

 

Junior Colin O'Daniel will be an integral part of multiple relay teams this season. | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Junior Colin O’Daniel will be an integral part of multiple relay teams this season. | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Part one in a 5 part series previewing the 2015 St. Xavier Track and Field Tigers: Relay Teams

 

EVENTS

4 x 100 m
4 x 200 m
4 x 400 m
4 x 800 m

WHERE DID THEY FINISH LAST YEAR?

4 x 100 m Relay Team – Finished 5th in Region 3A
4 x 200 m Relay Team – Finished 9th in State
4 x 400 m Relay Team – Finished 7th in State
4 x 800 m Relay Team – Finished 3rd in State

KEY RETURNERS

Josh Russell – 4 x 100 m, 4 x 200 m
JR Johnson – 4 x 100 m
Taijon Smith – 4 x 100 m
Colin O’Daniel – 4 x 200 m, 4 x 400 m
Joe Butler – 4 x 200 m
Patrick Ritter – 4 x 200 m, 4 x 400 m
Eli George – 4 x 400 m
William Mulloy – 4 x 400 m
Ben Kleine-Kracht – 4 x 800 m

OVERVIEW

Last year was a good year for the relay teams, but this year they have a chance to be great.

The 4 x 100 m relay team had a very difficult end to their season last year. A dropped handoff led to 5th place at Region and no trip to Lexington for State. They have a great chance to redeem themselves this year, though. They will be led by three seniors in Josh Russell, J.R. Johnson and TaiJon Smith. They have the memory of failure from last year and will be looking for that trip to Lexington this year.

The 4 x 200 m relay team was oh so close to finishing top 8 last year and scoring at State, 0.42 seconds to be exact. Like the 4 x 100 relay team, the 4 x 200 has great experience coming back. All four from last year’s 9th place relay team are back this season. Russell, the lone senior on this team, will lead the charge along with juniors Colin O’Daniel, Patrick Ritter and Joe Butler.

“It all comes down to the starts and handoffs,” said O’Daniel. “If we don’t get a good start off of the blocks, it is hard to make up for lost time there. Also, having quick and smooth handoffs are key to a fast 4 x 200, and we didn’t execute that well last year.”

The 4 x 400 m relay team is also returning all four members of last year’s team. Seniors William Mulloy and Eli George, along with Ritter and O’Daniel, will look to improve on last year’s 7th place finish at State.

“I hope to pick up where we left off and improve from there,” said O’Daniel. “We have all put in lots of hard work during the pre-season, and I’m sure all we can do is get better from there.”

“We have a lot of talent between Colin, Ritter and Eli,” said Mulloy. “If we can find the right day and order, I think the school record is just there waiting to be broken.”

The 4 x 800 team had the most success last season, as they finished 3rd at State. Senior Ben Kleine-Kracht is the only member of last year’s State relay team to return to the team this Spring. Look for George, senior Tyler Just and junior Matthew Thomas.

What does the 4 x 800 team need to do to reach that level of excellence?

“Commitment,” said Kleine-Kracht. “We have to stay committed, stay healthy and work hard like we always do and success will come with it. Matthew Thomas and Eli George have always been great at the 800, but they were needed in other events last year so look out for them. Also, watch out for Just, who is new to this level of competition in the 800, to step up and surprise some people.”

“We have the talent for [a state championship],” said George. “It’s going to take dedication. Not only going to practice but also in appetite and keeping ourselves healthy. Last year’s team wasn’t as good as it could have been. Injuries and illness came up before state that kept key runners out of the 4 x 800. Matthew Thomas is one of those key runners who has been injury free lately. I also hope to see a big step up from senior Tyler Just as well.”

Next up: Field Events

Tiger Cross Country ranked #1 in KYtrackXC.com rankings

Spencer Hayden | Photo by KYTrackXC.com

Spencer Hayden | Photo by KYTrackXC.com

The new KYtrackXC.com was released, and the Tiger Cross Country team remained number 1 in class 3A. In the individual rankings, Junior Spencer Hayden is 3rd, Junior Matthew Thomas is 13th, Sophomore Ryan Guenthner is 18th, Senior Andrew Garvey is 28th and Senior Ben Kleine-Kracht is 30th.

Class 3A Rankings

1. St. Xavier

2. Daviess County

3. Ryle

4. Cooper

5. Tates Creek

6. Trinity

7. North Hardin

8. South Oldham

9. Eastern

10. duPont Manual