November 13th, 2012

Elementary Excellence: St. Edward Cross Country

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Elementary Excellence: St. Edward Cross Country
Braves X-country celebrating state championship/photo from Kenny Stottman

Braves win second straight state title


St. Edward 4th grade and under cross country team finessed their way to a second straight Kentucky Cross Country State Championship this school year. 


“The great thing is that the whole team loves to run,” said St. Edward head coach Kenny Stottman. “It would be dark and we would try to end practice, but the girls would say that they want to run another perimeter of the course and that’s another ¼ of a mile. They would still want to run after that but we’d have to yell and say, ‘No, you need to stop now.’”


Abigail Bohn led the Braves to their championship by smashing a new a state record when she ran the 2000 meter course in 7:57 to claim the individual title. Abby Jones from St. Joseph School in Northern Kentucky clocked an 8:07 to finish as the individual runner up.


“I consider Abigail as almost a second running coach,” said Stottman. “She always has one of her friends or somebody running next to her. At the state race we knew she was going against Abby Jones who is a runner from Northern Kentucky. Abigail had to run strong as Abby did finish the race in second place.”


Madeline Powell (8th), Taylor White (11th), Julia Connelly (27th), and second grader Lauren Bohn (57th) joined Bohn as the top five sprinters for St. Edward. Taylor earned that 11th place finish while running with a stress fracture.


“About a week before the race Taylor complained about her foot hurting a little bit but she said she would be alright,” said Stottman. “She ended up running the race of her life and finished in 11th place which really helped our team. The following week her foot was still bothering her and we found out that she actually ran that race with a stress fracture.”


Chloe Griffis (58th), Kaci Mundorf (137th), Rachel Greathouse, Marie Michalak Brenna Wyman, Emma Ryan, Lilly Ramirez, Julianna Markert, Hannah Bohn, Emily Weber, Molly Walker, and Olivia Barnett all contributed to St. Edward State Championship run.


“Cross country is different than all the other CSAA sports,” said Stottman. “We get to make our own schedule. You know we compete in a few races in Louisville, but we also take the time to race in the races that are out in the rest of that state. You get to race over some hills that you might not get to in other races and the girls get to meet new friends when they run in these races across the state.”


But Stottman reiterated that the best part of coaching these girls is that they love what they’re doing and that’s running.


“The best part is that these girls love to run,” said Stottman. “It wasn’t hard to push this group. I actually had to pull the reins back on them so that they wouldn’t get burned out. At every practice they would keep going and going.”


All the way to another state championship.



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