Tates Creek went 4-for-4 in the Fayette County Championships, sweeping the boys' and girls' individual and team cross country titles Tuesday evening at Masterson Station Park.
Not yet impressed? The Commodores ran on just three days rest after competing in their Tates Creek Invitational on the same course this past Saturday.
"It's a gamble," said Tates Creek Coach Chris Hawboldt, whose teams were the only ones from the five Fayette County public schools to race on Saturday. "But I'm a firm believer in 'You gotta race yourself into shape.' And if you're going to race yourself into shape, you've gotta race."
Alex Mortimer won the boys' race in 16 minutes 33 seconds, about 26 seconds faster than Matthew Inman from Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Bulldogs' Alex Mathews rounded out the top three.
The Commodores placed five runners in the top 10 to come away with their first boys' team trophy since 2012.
It was the third straight time a Tates Creek runner took the boys' title. Ben Young won the race as a junior and senior. Mortimer finished sixth as a freshman and second in last season's race.
It was Mortimer's first win of the season. He said Tates Creek's collective effort Tuesday will provide positive momentum heading into the postseason.
"The guys that I've ran with so far this season can compete with anyone in the entire nation," Mortimer said. "I have a confidence knowing that if I just trust myself, anything's possible."
Jenna Strange finished the girls' race in 19:54.10, outpacing teammate Shae Robertson by 26 seconds. Dunbar's Maddy Jenkins finished 36 seconds behind Robertson for third.
The Commodores also placed five runners inside the top 10 on the girls' side. Tates Creek's girls last won the city title in 2013.
Strange, a freshman, said she was "very self-conscious" entering her first season at Tates Creek.
"I just thought when I came in that they would judge me for who I am or my times in the past," Strange said. "So I just felt very different and not part of their group in the beginning."
That feeling has subsided as she's gotten accustomed to frequently working out with teammates. Hawboldt's relaxed coaching style has helped ease any pressure the runners put on themselves.
"He's always good for a good laugh," Strange said. "He always cracks jokes in the middle of practice."
But that's not to say Hawboldt goes easy on them. Strange recalled an 11-mile preseason run at Masterson Station that he put them through while he watched from the comfort of his vehicle.
"He just drove by and waved to us, in his car like 'Haha, you have to run,'" Strange said with a laugh. "But he came back and started walking with us."
Hawboldt said outings like that are great for conditioning, but they're more about building the mental toughness it takes to come out and get results like the Commodores achieved on Tuesday.
"It's good momentum," Hawboldt said of the sweeps. "It's a title in the city and it's a little bit of bragging rights. But we're going into championship season. This is momentum going into the races that matter."