Warriors face tough runners at Dragon Invitational

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By Tommie Kendall

Sports Editor

In one of their largest cross-country races of the season, the Eminence Warriors competed at the Dragon Invitational, hosted by South Oldham High School, Saturday afternoon.

Eminence had one runner in the boys’ varsity race and seven in the girls’ race, and was led by Trey Hernandez and Candace Wells — the only two EHS runners to crack the top 100 in the individual standings. 

The Lady Warriors finished 13th in the team standings with a five-person combined score of 410 points, while Eastern won with a meet-low 30 points. Meanwhile, the Eminence boys’ team did not have enough runners to get in the team results with five finishers needed.

Individually up front in the boys’ 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) race, Jacob Law of South Oldham came away with the win, covering the relatively flat course in 16 minutes, 6 seconds. In the team standings, St. Xavier won with 35 points. For Eminence, Hernandez was the lone competitor in the race, which the junior finished 97th in 21:07.

In the girls’ varsity race, Tori Mayfield of Eastern won the individual race in 19:05, while Candace Wells finished 99th in 29:33 to led Eminence. The sophomore was followed by teammates Amy VanDer Luit in 100th (30:08), Samantha Congleton in 103rd (31:38), Gwendolyn Smith in 104th (32:43), Kaelin Wright in 105th (34:17), Josie Hernandez in 106th (39:18) and Leticia Alvares in 107th (39:18).

Also, Eminence had one runner in each the girls’ middle school race and both elementary races. Kelsie Craigmyle placed 120th in the girls’ middle school 4K (2.5-mile) race in 25:01, Jake McKinley placed 106th in the boys’  elementary school 3K (1.8-mile) race in 15:49, and Caileigh McKee placed 147th in the girls’ elementary race in 21:46.

The Warriors next big race will be the Meet of Champions Nov. 1, followed by the regional championships and the Kentucky State Cross-Country Championships the following two weekends.

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