May 28th, 2011

Cougars Bring Home First Championship

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Cougars Bring Home First Championship
photo by Mark Thomson

Holy Cross boys track and field team wins team title

There were no excuses for the Holy Cross High School boys track and field team at the University of Louisville's Owsley B. Frazier Cardinal Park on Friday.

But there was plenty of history.

Behind individual state titles from Jacob Thomson and Greg Johnson and state runner-up performances from Dominic Perronie and Jeremy Glass, the Cougars captured the KHSAA Class A Track and Field State Championship by a 24-point margin over Fort Campbell and coasted its way to the school's first-ever team state championship in the history of Holy Cross athletics.

Thomson, who is only a sophomore, continued to emerge onto the running scene with several outstanding performances that accounted for a quarter of the Cougars' team points. He ran anchor for the 4x800 meter relay, which along with Perronie, Collin Ray, and Hunter Morgan, finished in third place. Individually, Thomson was crowned the state champion in the 1600 meter run (4:27.64), 800 meter run (1:58.93), and 3200 meter run (9:50.08).

In both cases, he destroyed his qualifying times and separated himself from the rest of the field with dominating runs.

Senior Perronie, who will attend Bellarmine University next year, also had a strong day in his state championship swan song. The gutsy athlete finished fourth (4:32.95) in the 1600 meter run and kept pace with Thomson in the 3200 and came in just behind with a second place finish (9:53.67) and state runner-up title.

Johnson, who was a tough luck runner-up in the 110 meter hurdles (15.93) to McLean County's David Burden, confidently bounced back in the 300 meter hurdles and captured an individual state championship medal with a first-place finish (41.05) over Fort Knox's Akio Tonge.

Senior Ray finished seventh in the 800 meter run (2:04.99) and picked up two points for his team.

In the field events, Glass finished in second place in shot put with a throw of 47'07", just behind Murray High School's Matt Deese. The big man threw four feet longer than his regional qualifying performance and gave Holy Cross eight, big points in the event.

Aaron Drury placed third in the long jump (20"06.50') and fifth in the triple jump (41"02') and racked up 10 points in the dirt. Just down the track, Kendall Hammerstrom cleared the six-foot pole in the high jump and finished in fifth place.

The Cougars, who wore t-shirts during the competition that featured the words "No Excuses" on the back, were focused and determined on during a seven-hour competition that saw strong performances all-around due to unseasonally cool weather conditions at the UofL facility. The boys ended up with a total team point total of 91.

On the girls side, the Cougars finished in 26th place out of 38 teams and accumulated six points. Junior Julie Skaggs was the recipient of those, as she finished third overall out of 27 competitors in the high jump. She cleared 5"0', which was four inches behind the eventual winners of the event. As many jumpers were falling out like flies, Skaggs hung tough and was only one of three participants to clear five feet or higher.

Other Holy Cross girls track and field finishes:

  • 4x800 meter relay (Katie Crowe, Elizabeth Hardt, Sara Schum and Jenna Johnston; 10:39.23); 11th place
  • 4x400 meter relay (Hardt, Crowe, Schum, Johnston; 4;32.01); 16th place
  • Maya Hardin, shot put (30"06.50'); 12th place out of 24 runners

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