September 17th, 2011
Rockets, Tigers Find Success At Sawyer Park
Trinity and Valkyrie Invitationals has largest participation ever
The state's most successful and annual cross country collaboration got even bigger and better on Saturday, as the Trinity Invitational and Valkyrie Invitational (which are run as separate events for boys and girls) went off with over 3,000 runners participating at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
Trinity High School and Sacred Heart Academy work together to put on the meet and now offer races for varsity, freshman and middle school athletes.
This year's version of the Trinity and Valkyrie Invitationals even offered chip timing for the first time in Kentucky cross country, allowing onlookers and fans to immediately see runner times and finishes on a plasma screen placed toward the finish line.
Local teams that has success during Saturday's action included Assumption High School and St. Xavier High School, while Holy Cross High School junior Jacob Thomson continued to show why he is one of the nation's premier runners with a third place finish in the boys varsity race.
On the girls side, the Rockets finished second in the overall team standings behind defending event champion Carmel High School (IN). Assumption had the 5th (Katherine Receveur), 6th (Emily Bean) and 7th (Bailey Davis) place finishers.
On the boys side, Thomson finished in third behind the varsity boys 5K winner, Cabell Midland’s Jacob Burcham and Tennessee's Brock Baker.
St. Xavier High School's Connor Sheryak finished 14th individually and led the Tigers to a third place finish in the team standings. Host Trinity finished in the top ten. Carmel (IN) took home the overall boys team title.
Official times were unavailable at time of posting.
For video highlights from Satruday's meet, visit: http://catholicsportsnet.com/louisville/view_csn_video/216