May 4th, 2013

Thomson, Allen reign as Dream Mile champs

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Thomson, Allen reign as Dream Mile champs
Holy Cross senior Jacob Thomson stands atop the podium as the Kentucky Dream Mile champion / photo by John Horlander

By John Horlander - St. Xavier High School. The writer is a member of the Billy Reed Sports Journalism Academy and a contributing writer to the Louisville Catholic Sports Network. 

Friday was an exciting day for horse racing, as the 139th Kentucky Oaks was run at Churchill Downs. And that night a prestigious race was held for humans, specifically high school runners, as the fourth annual Kentucky Dream Mile races took place at St. Xavier High School.

First the16 best female runners and then the 16 best males in the state competed, and the fields included both of last year’s champions: Holy Cross' Jacob Thomson and Assumption's Katherine Receveur.

Participants from Louisville Catholic schools included six girls (three from Sacred Heart and three from Assumption) and seven boys (five from St. X, one from Trinity and Thomson).

The girls’ race was close throughout, but Receveur and Sacred Heart Academy's Maggie Allen were ahead of the pack. As the runners rounded the final turn, Allen turned up the heat and won in 4:59.04, with Receveur close behind in 5:01.40.

Allen was elated to dethrone Receveur, saying, “(My time) made it all the sweeter, I guess, but it just happened.”

Recevour was disheartened after her loss but said she is looking forward to next year's race.

“I'll use our upcoming trips to Chicago and North Carolina, as well as state, to get better and improve my time," she said.

Storm clouds were closing in as the boys lined up to get ready to go.

Thomson led the whole race, but Lexington Catholic senior Nicholas Laureano (a Notre Dame commit) pushed him through the first three laps. Thomson took a commanding lead on the last lap and won by nearly six seconds with a time of 4:10.16.

The Holy Cross senior was a late arrival, which forced him to cut his warm-up short, but he was pleased with his performance.

"The game plan was to take control early and that’s what I did," the North Carolina State commit said.

St. Xavier’s five runners finished bunched together in places four through eight with sophomore Will Mulloy earning a surprising fifth-place finish in 4:18.94. With two more years of high school competition, he looks to be a major contender in the future.

Girls' top 10 finishers:

1. Maggie Allen - Sacred Heart: 4:59.04

2. Katherine Receveur – Assumption: 5:01.40

3. Ciara Scott - Bowling Green: 5:03.59

4. Kelly Klump - Oldham County: 5:05.20

5. Whitney O’Bryan - Daviess County: 5:05.77

6. Lauren Wheeler - Bowling Green: 5:06.97

7. Amy Hansen - Notre Dame Academy: 5:07.52

8. Cassidy Hale – Manual: 5:07.63

9. Samantha Simms - Sacred Heart: 5:07.97

10. Emily Bean - Assumption: 5:10.57

Boys' top 10 finishers:

1. Jacob Thomson - Holy Cross: 4:10.16

2. Nicholas Laureano - Lexington Catholic: 4:16.02

3. John Spencer – Lafayette: 4:18.53

4. Thomas Cave - St. Xavier: 4:18.63

5. Will Mulloy - St. Xavier: 4:18.94

6. Nick Reader - St. Xavier: 4:20.04

7. Connor Sheryak - St. Xavier: 4:21.84

8. Max Mudd - St. Xavier: 4:21.95

9. Zac Garrard – Owensboro: 4:22.34

10. Holden Wells – Eastern: 4:22.83.

 

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