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.
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:
- Yared Nuguse (Manual, 4:14.33)
- Trevor Warren (Trinity, 4:22.46)
- Grady Shiflet (St. Xavier, 4:23.10)
- Alex Mortimer (Tates Creek, 4:23.12)
- Keeton Thornsberry (Holy Cross, 4:24.31)
- 6. Dylan Allen (Male, 4:25.38)
- Logan Greco (Meade County, 4:25.82)
- Austin Matthews (Paul Dunbar, 4:25.93)
- Alex McCarty (North Oldham, 4:26.35)
- Cooper Marchal (St. Xavier, 4:28.41)
- Josiah Harp (Central Hardin, 4:28.58)
- Spencer Carman (Lexington Catholic, 4:29.15)
- Jacob Burnham (Trinity, 4:29.30)
- Ryan Guenthner (St. Xavier, 4:29.46)
- Luke Spurrier (South Warren, 4:30.68)
- Garrett Hadaway (Oldham County, 4:30.74).
Good luck to all these guys and Go Tigers!
The Tiger Track and Field team captured their 3rd consecutive Region 3 Championship this past weekend. The Tigers dominated the competition and won the meet by 42 points. The Tigers won with 174 points, Male placed 2nd with 132 points and DuPont Manual finished in a distant 3rd with 67 points.
1) St. Xavier – 174
2) Male – 132
3) DuPont Manual – 67
4) Pleasure Ridge Park – 53
5) Central – 39
Runners Automatically Advancing to State
800 meter run – William Mulloy – 1st (1:56.44)
1600 meter run – Matthew Thomas – 1st (4:24.23)
3200 meter run – Andrew Garvey – 1st (9:58.54)
110 meter hurdles – Jaylon Hibbs – 1st (15.19) and Dallas Ford – 2nd (16.11)
300 meter hurdles – Jaylon Hibbs – 1st (41.70) and Jack Raque – 2nd (41.82)
4 x 100 meter relay team – Jalyon Hibbs, Max Masterson, Ricky Garr and Ben Ruiz – 2nd (44.29)
4 x 200 meter relay team – Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, Patrick Ritter and Owen Johnson – 2nd (1:31.44)
4 x 800 meter relay team – Tyler Just, Michael Porter, Ben Kleine-Kracht and Eli George
Pole Vault – Barry Banta – 2nd (10-00.00)
Shot Put – Jake Glass – 1st (53-07.00) and Evin James – 2nd (46-05.00)
Discus – Evin James – 1st (134-10)
Other results by Tigers
100 meter dash – Sam Mishloney – 12th (11.88) and Ben Ruiz – 15th (11.97)
200 meter dash – Ben Ruiz – 11th (24.10) and Brock Mayer – 13th (24.32)
400 meter dash – Colin O’Daniel – 3rd (50.67) and Brock Mayer – 10th (54.73)
800 meter run – Eli George – 3rd (2:03.44)
1600 meter run – Cole Bollinger – 3rd (4:36.34)
3200 meter run – Patrick Schaeffer – 3rd (10:16.14)
4 x 400 meter relay team – Colin O’Daniel, Patrick Ritter, William Mulloy and Eli George – 3rd (3:27.69)
High Jump – Zac Rapp – 4th (5-04.00)
Long Jump – Max Masterson – 3rd (20-03.50)
Triple Jump – Mike Ervin – 4th (40-00.50) and James Bryant – 13th (34-06.50)
Discus – Jake Glass – 5th (118-03)
Kentucky High School State Track Meet – University of Kentucky – Saturday, May 23rd
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
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
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.
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
Part five in a 5 part series previewing the 2015 St. Xavier Track and Field Tigers: Distance
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)
William Mulloy (SR) – 800, 1600
Eli George (SR) – 800
Spencer Hayden (JR) – 3200
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.
Part one in a 5 part series previewing the 2015 St. Xavier Track and Field Tigers: Relay Teams
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
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
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
Senior Tiger Cross Country and Track runner William Mulloy has committed to run in college at Indiana University. Mulloy was sidelined for the cross country season due to a leg injury, but will begin his final season as a Tiger Track runner here soon.
William was a member of the 2013 Tiger Cross Country state championship team. He announced his decision via Twitter.
His commitment was featured on KYTrackXC.com here.
The Tiger Cross Country season started off last weekend with a win at the Tiger Run. But with no race this weekend, it felt like the perfect time to introduce the 2014 Tiger Cross Country seniors to Tiger Nation.
5K PR – 17:38.32
Race most looking forward to – State
How has cross country changed since freshman year? – “It’s changed from us just messing around to our team actually having to do the work.”
Person you admire the most – Randy Schleihart and Gary Gordon
If you could date a celebrity, who would it be? – Kate Upton
Dream Job, not sports – Delta Force
5K PR – 18:34.20
Race most looking forward to – Trinity Invitational
How has cross country changed since freshman year? – “When you start freshman year, it’s just something you do after school. Going through the years and when you become a senior, you see how important it is to everybody and you carry that on from past teams.”
Pre-race ritual – “Freshman year Coach Yochum told us yawning calmed you down, so I try and yawn a bunch before I run.”
Hot or cold weather runner – Cold
Person you admire the most – Hunter York
5K PR – 16:22.93
Race most looking forward to – Lexington Catholic
How has cross country changed since freshman year? – “Freshman year is all fun and you are just racing and you see all of these older guys being awesome in every race and winning everything. Now that we are here, it’s our turn to do that now, so that’s what we are trying to do.”
Hot or cold weather runner – Cold
Favorite song – “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
If you could have a company sponsor you, who would it be? – Aquafina water
Last year, the Saint Xavier Cross Country team won their third straight state championship and became the first 3A team to ever win 20 state championships. This year, the Tiger Cross Country team looks to make even more history, as they go for four in a row, which has never been done before in Class 3A. The Tigers lost 5 of their 7 state team members but don’t expect this to be a rebuilding year for the Tigers. St. X simply reloads, and this year is no different.
Key Losses – Chris Striegel, Ben Metzger, Max Mudd, Jack Minogue and Stephen Kinny
Key Returnees – Spencer Hayden (Junior) and William Mulloy (Senior)
The Tigers already show the potential to win a fourth straight championship, as they have put together a couple of great pre-season performances. Spencer Hayden and Matthew Thomas have finished 1-2 in both races, but positions 3-7 have flipped around in order between the time trial and the Manual Practice meet, something you could see a lot of this upcoming season.
|Time Trial||Spencer Hayden||Matthew Thomas||Ben Kleine-Kracht||Ryan Guenthner||Tyler Just||Andrew Garvey||Henry Geisler|
|Manual Practice Meet||Spencer Hayden||Matthew Thomas||Tyler Just||Andrew Garvey||Ben Kleine-Kracht||Ryan Guenthner||Henry Geisler|
Hayden and Thomas led the team in the pre-season (Note: Senior William Mulloy was out due to an injury), but the state championship will be won on the strength of spots 3-7. As of right now, the Tigers have a very strong core of Ben Kleine-Kracht, Tyler Just, Ryan Guenthner, Andrew Garvey and Henry Geisler. They also have some depth past that with Brennan Wheatley, Ben Glover, Ben Farber, Andrew Edwards, and freshmen Patrick Schaefer and Clint Sherman.
Junior Matthew Thomas said, “We have a very strong front pack of Spencer Hayden, William Mulloy and myself who are all fighting to be up in the top 10 individuals, and then our #4 – 9 guys are all very close to each other. They are all within about 30 seconds of each other and really not all that far from behind our front pack.”
In years past, the main opponent to winning a state title was Trinity. This year a team from Northern Kentucky has jumped into contention.
“Cooper is definitely the biggest threat this year,” said Senior Ben Kliene-Kracht. “They had several guys finish better than 16th place last year, and they graduated no one. They gave us a hard time freshman year, so it will be tough this year too. As always, Trinity is a threat, but I’m confident we can win the state title.”
“There are a lot of solid teams in the state this year, but we’ve had our eye on Cooper High School since last year and knew they were returning some good runners,” said Senior William Mulloy.
The Tiger Cross Country team wants to win their fourth straight championship, but they also have their eyes set on a later meet: Nike Cross Regionals in Cary, North Carolina. “Besides state this is our most important race because it gives us a chance to qualify for Nike Nationals in Oregon,” said Mulloy. “Plus anytime the team gets to travel out of state together we have a lot of fun.”
“I’m looking forward to NXR the most because of a few reasons,” said Junior Spencer Hayden. “Firstly, the team gets free gear there. Secondly, it is the meet that will determine whether or not we will be attending the Nike Cross Nationals. Thirdly, it is very fun as the weather is usually mild and the mall across from the hotel has many great restaurants inside it and stores to go into. It is the most fun meet to be with the team.”
Why is St. X going to win the title? “Because I know the team we are up against, but they don’t know us,” said Kleine-Kracht. “Milesplit just hosted a poll and Cooper won as the favorite to win. No one knows us yet. We have guys that have had great seasons but have just been overshadowed by the greats in the past couple of years. No one has heard of guys like Ryan Guenthner, Andrew Garvey, Tyler Just and Ben Farber, but they will know us by the end of the year. We have the element of surprise going for us. That, our determination and the hard work we have been putting in since day one will give us the title.”
The Tigers first race will be on Saturday, August 30th at the Tiger Run.
Go Tigers! We Are!
Earlier this week we asked you to go and vote for Spencer Hayden and William Mulloy to be named the best returning cross country runner in Kentucky. Wiliam Mulloy was announced today as the winner, and it wasn’t even close. A big congratulations to William as well as a big thank you to Tiger Nation for helping William secure the victory! We Are!
The St. Xavier senior was the 2014 Class AAA 1600m State Champion and at the KY Dream Mile ran a new best converted 1600m time of 4:10.94 which stands #4 All-Time in Kentucky. He showed his 5k prowess last spring by winning the KYtrackXC.com 5K Showdown with a 15:05.07.
KYtrackXC.com is trying to decide who will take over the best boy runner in the state of Kentucky, and they are putting it to a vote. There are 16 names to vote for and also an “other” answer if you believe you know someone better who is not on the list. St. X was one of 3 schools to have more than one name, with the others being South Oldham and Cooper. It is a blind vote, and the results will be revealed at a later date.
Head on over and vote for your Tigers!
KYtrackXC.com released their Top 25 Most Popular Athletes from the past year based on most viewed athlete pages. No. 13 Jake Glass and No. 14 William Mulloy represented St. Xavier on the list. The running programs for the Tigers had a great year with the help of another state championship coming from Cross Country and a 3rd place finish by Track at State.
St. Xavier was only one of two schools to have more than one athlete make the list (South Oldham’s Dowdy Twins were the others). Jacob Thomson (Holy Cross/NC State) took the top spot for the second straight year, and Patrick Gregory of Butler had the 2nd most viewed athlete page.
13. Jake Glass
14. William Mulloy
Tiger Track and Field participated in it’s biggest meet of the year besides State on Saturday, and they finished 16th. St. X finished 6th out of KY 3A teams. It was a very competitive two days at the track on Friday and Saturday. The team’s place shouldn’t discourage the Tigers, as they finished 17th at this meet last year and went on to place 2nd at State.
People to place in the top 8 in their event included the 4×800 relay team of Jack Minogue, Spencer Hayden, Ben Kleine-Kracht and Eli George (5th), Michael Ritter in the 110 meter hurdles (6th), William Mulloy (2nd) and Max Mudd (7th) in the 1 mile and Jake Glass in the Shot Put (8th).
Tiger Track and Field will resume racing on Tuesday in the Freshman/JV Championships. The Dream Mile will be on Friday, May 2nd, which will have the best 1 milers in the state all at St. X. Regionals are on Saturday, May 15th.