October 30th, 2010
Cougars' Perronie Wins at Meet of Champions
Runners look ahead to XC state competition
Holy Cross senior Dominic Perronie showed his strength with a winning time of 15:55 at the Metro Meet of Champions this Saturday. He led the 5K in the boys’ division.
“The race went pretty well. I started out slow, but I made my move at about the mile and a half mark. I feel strong. Training has been going well,” stated Perronie.
He said he was excited about his time, but he looks forward to the regional and the state meet. The Metro Meet of Champions was held off River Road and brought in multiple high schools to compete in the women and men divisions. Perronie added that he was excited for Holy Cross’ performance and hopes to complete the season on a positive note.
“We are a very close team. And, it’s all about the big Man upstairs. I feel good. Hopefully, God keeps me healthy. Our team’s had some injuries and people feeling a little sick, so we are just working hard to overcome it,” said Perronie.
St. Xavier got the team victory for the boys division, and Assistant Coach Rob Young says he is proud of St.X’s overall effort out on the course.
“They did what we wanted them to do. Some of them were out to race today, some were doing hard workouts. We’ve had a great season so far,” stated Young. “We will taper the next couple of weeks, and I expect us to win regional. We hope to race our best at state. We have the target on our backs.”
On the girls side of the competition, Grace Whitworth of South Oldham High School led her team in an individual and team victory with her final time of 19:30 in the 5K race. Sacred Heart Academy took second place overall, and DuPont Manual High School finished third. Some teams did not run their fastest runners in the Meet of Champions in order to prepare for regional and state, including Rick Heim’s Sacred Heart Valkyries.
“Our fastest four girls weren’t running today,” stated Heim. “We are gearing everyone up for regional and state. SHA is ranked 5th in the state, and our competition is Assumption, Manual, Bowling Green and Daviess County. I tell the girls the pressure is on everyone else. We just have to keep working hard,” added Heim.
The runners will resume competition at Regional on November 6 at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.