VERSAILLES — Three days after winning the Fayette County public schools cross country championship, Lafayette's boys went out Saturday and captured the Woodford County Invitational.
Taking girls' honors at Falling Springs Park was the host team, Woodford County.
Together, the results turned in by the Lafayette boys and Woodford County girls make Tom and Brooke Stickel the Coaching Family of the Day.
Tom is boss at Lafayette, Brooke at Woodford County.
"It was a nice win for our household, at least," Brooke said with a laugh.
Adding to the Woodford-Lafayette connection was Mia Cornette. A Lafayette freshman who lives in Woodford County, she won the girls' 5,000-meter race in 20 minutes, 32.37 seconds.
Grant County senior Jordan Cummins snared boys' honors in 16:46.80.
Lafayette's boys, in a field of 14 teams, edged Grant County 49-53 under a bright sun on a 70-degree day.
"I think they were emotionally drained from the city (meet) ... but they did a great job," Tom Stickel said. "Grant County's a very solid team, and we only beat them by four points, so it was a very good race."
Tom Stickel assisted his wife at Woodford for about five years until the Lafayette job opened this season. He attributes the team's success to "a great group of kids" who "really love to run."
The Generals should get even better in the coming weeks because three runners who had been splitting time with soccer now have full attention on running.
Lafayette senior Jud Weaver ran second to Cummins, and freshman Brian Rugg came in sixth.
Cummins led most of the way and made a decisive move on a part of the course known as Mount Wall.
"When we came up to about the 21/2-mile marker, (Weaver) was struggling pretty bad, and I pulled away, coming up the hill to the finish," said Cummins, who is ranked 16th in Class 3A. "I went in trying to look to win it because the meet attendance is kind of down a little bit. But I'm working harder to try to win region for my team, and our team needs to try to win region, too, so we're all pushing each other."
Woodford placed three runners in the girls' top 10: senior Alyssa Grenfell in third, junior Rachel Effinger sixth and freshman Adira Jarman seventh. The Yellowjackets edged Boyle County, rated No. 2 in Class 2A, 44-60.
"I did have very high expectations," Brooke Stickel said. "I knew we could get either first or second place, and I'm very happy with the win."
So was Cornette, who finished seven seconds ahead of Boyle County junior Emma Ditto. Cornette said she's living in Woodford and running for Lafayette because she splits time with her parents, who are divorced. She said she often trains with the Woodford girls.
Saturday, she plotted how to make the most of her endurance. At 4-foot-10, maybe 4-11, she said, she doesn't have the legs to kick.
"I just decided that I was going to kill every single hill because that's all I can really do," she said. "I can't sprint."
In particular, Cornette made a note to attack Mount Wall.
"That was the big plan — if anyone was close, I had to gain a lead on them there," she said.
She did, and a sprint wasn't needed.
Teams — Woodford County 44, Boyle County 60, Franklin County 90, Madison Central 100, Lafayette 110, Henry Clay 119, Grant County 183, South Laurel 208, Knox Central 228.
Individuals (5,000 meters) — Mia Cornette (Laf.) 20:32.37; Emma Ditto (Boyle) 20:39.36; Alyssa Grenfell (Wood.) 20:40.76; Gabby Sabino (MadCent) 21:09.25; Kristen Just (Franklin) 21:22.10; Rachel Effinger (Wood.) 21:39.81; Adira Jarman (Wood.) 21:51.08; Miranda Mullins (Laf.) 21:59.15; Elizabeth Burke (HClay) 22:16.82; Jennifer Hellmann (Franklin) 22:21.89; Carly Graf (Wood.) 22:26.00; Nikki Coffey (Boyle) 22:30.94; Maddy Kriz (Boyle) 22:41.51; Lena Hutchins (Boyle) 22:42.47; Emma Guida (HClay) 22:43.99.
Teams — Lafayette 49, Grant County 53, North Laurel 86, Woodford County 135, Henry Clay 140, Madison Central 181, Boyle County 206, Danville 209, Bracken County 254, Knox Central 263, Rowan County 266, Franklin County 306, Harrison County 340, South Laurel 346.
Individuals (5,000 meters) — Jordan Cummins (Grant) 16:46.80; Jud Weaver (Laf.) 17:02.19; Robert Melton (NLaurel) 17:40.75; Layne Gaynor (NLaurel) 17:41.30; Tyler Edmondson (Grant) 17:51.35; Brian Rugg (Laf.) 17:53.27; Ben Rathbone (Wood.) 17:58.41; Devin Edwards (Knox) 18:03.08; Michael Schultz (Grant) 18:09.33; Scout Bundy (NLaurel) 18:11.13; Clark Grubb (Laf.) 18:16.60; Dylan Buser (Anderson Co.) 18:22.88; Brandon Gouge (Grant) 18:25.51; Andrew Kirk (HClay) 18:25.90; W. Higginbotham (Laf.) 18:28.48.