August 30th, 2012

Elementary CC Meet Brings Out 700-plus

Brad Knoop

Staff Writer

Elementary CC Meet Brings Out 700-plus
photo by Jackie Loftus

Over 700 elementary entries in Cross Country meet at HC

John Baum ran the risk of sounding old when he told his St. Raphael cross country team about “when he got started at Holy Cross 24 years ago.” Baum brought the Giants to the annual Holy Cross High School Catholic Elementary Cross Country Invitational. A 1992 HCHS graduate and all-state runner, Baum now coaches and watches his sixth grade son Jack.

“It’s very special to have my son race at a place that brings back so many great memories,” Baum said. “Our team looks forward to this meet every year. It is a fun course for the runners and good for spectators.”


Jack Baum is one of the record 733 runners, from first through eighth grades, to participate in the 2012 event at the Dixie Highway school.


The record number of athletes stunned and impressed Richard Reynolds, the cross country coach at Holy Cross for 29 years now. He can remember the early days of this meet.


"More than twenty years ago Mr. John Sparks, who was in charge of cross country for the CSAA, asked me to host a grade school meet here since there wasn’t much available for those age groups at the time,” he said. “We started with maybe 40 runners participating.  Now we’re up over 700. It’s just amazing.”


The course starts at the football field goal line. It stretches the distance of the field, makes a big turn, and winds its way through campus to the finish line.


It had a state-meet look and feel. Teams brought pop-up canopies to hang out and cheer on their school. Schools from across the archdiocese of Louisville made the trip. From St. Mary’s of the Knobs in southern Indiana to St Mary Academy in Prospect. The price is right, too—only one dollar to enter.


Shannon Meimen, also a Holy Cross graduate, was one of those cheering moms today. Her son Josh, a fourth grader at Notre Dame Academy, won the 3rd & 4th grade boys division.


“It is exciting each year to see so many of our alums come back to the campus to watch their children run,” Reynolds adds. “We are also thrilled to welcome all those who are visiting our campus for the first time.  Many Holy Cross students, faculty members and the Cougar cross country team help to make this event such a huge success."


Baum looks at this meet as being a special event not only because it is a return to his alma mater. But he says his runners get a lot out of this event.


“My first goal is to develop their physical ability to run and then their mental ability to race,” Baum said. “This meet is important because of the size in terms of number of runners.  The young runners don’t feel overwhelmed and there is great competition for our older more experienced runners.”



2012 Holy Cross High School Catholic Elementary School Cross Country Invitational

First and Second Place Finishes


Division: 1st & 2nd Grade Girls

WINNER: Lauren Bone, St. Edward

2ND Place: Quinn Stillwagon, Holy Spirit


Division: 1st & 2nd Grade Boys

WINNER: (Card Not Available)

2nd Place: Carson Hall, Holy Spirit


Division: 3rd & 4th Grade Girls

WINNER: Abigail Bohn, St. Edward

2nd Place: Madeline Powell, St. Edward


Division: 3rd & 4th Grade Boys

WINNER: Josh Meiman, Notre Dame

2nd Place: Ben Hubbs, Holy Trinity


Division: 5th & 6th Grade Girls

WINNER: Alli Erena, Holy Trinity

2nd Place: Ashley Durik, Sacred Heart Model


Division: 5th & 6th Grade Boys

WINNER: Keeton Thornsberry, Notre Dame

2nd Place: Eoin Corbett, Holy Spirit


Division: 7th & 8th Grade Girls

WINNER: Abbey Glover, St. Margaret Mary

2nd Place: Julia Poole, St. Margaret Mary


Division 7th & 8th Grade Boys

WINNER: Luke Schroering, Providence Jr. High

2nd Place: Josh Thomson, Notre Dame


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