Just call her Auto-Maddox.
Sayre eighth-grader Maddox Patterson repeated as Class A champion Saturday in the state cross country meet.
Ideal conditions at the Kentucky Horse Park made for fast times, and Patterson and Class 2A winner Caterina Karas obliterated the year-old course record set by Emma Brink. Brink, though, snared her fourth 3A title in a row.
Class A: While Fairview was running off with team honors, the individual 5,000-meter race quickly developed into a showdown between the defending champ and the girl who had won the previous three titles, Danville junior Kaitlin Snapp.
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Snapp dropped out of last year's race because of the flu.
This time, she charged to the lead from the start.
"You always run a race to try to win," Snapp said, "so I wanted to give it my all."
"I was just kind of trying to stick with Kaitlin if I could," said Patterson, who did.
Side by side, they passed the mile marker in 5:32.
Soon after, Patterson took control, charging up a hill.
"I guess that's where I thought I might catch her because we work on a lot of hills at our complex," Patterson said.
Patterson reached 2 miles in 11:34, seven seconds ahead of Snapp.
Patterson finished in 18:25.34, Snapp in 18:48.36. Sayre's Ann Eason finished strong in 18:52.27.
Brink's course record of 2009 was 18:45.89.
Fairview, led by seventh-grader Lyndsey Burke in ninth place, scored 74 points. Three-time defending champ St. Henry netted 109. Sayre, with one senior and no juniors, was third with 114.
"I'm their captain. They're just really awesome," Eason, the senior, said of her teammates. "It's just an honor to be able to spend my last year with them."
Class 2A: Karas gave first-year school Martha L. Collins its first state champion, and South Oldham netted its third consecutive team title.
Karas, fourth in 3A for Shelby County last year, dominated wire-to-wire.
The junior led by 21 seconds at the mile (5:25) and 37 seconds at the 2-mile (11:28).
She won by more than a minute, 18:11.92 to 19:15.18 for Highlands seventh-grader Lauren Ossege.
"That's amazing," Karas said of becoming her school's first state champ. "I'm so proud because that's what I wanted at the beginning of the year. That's why I actually came to Collins."
South Oldham, led by 6-7-8 placers Grace Whitworth, Hannah Ellis and Jessie Murner, totaled 51 points. Elizabethtown took second with 138. With Emma Ditto in 11th place, Boyle County came in third with 148.
Class 3A: Sacred Heart's Brink and Ryle's Gabby Gonzalez passed the mile in 5:30, and Brink led by a second with a 2-mile split of 11:34. From there, she gradually pulled away to an 18:27.71 finish. Gonzalez held on for second in 18:44.24.
"I had prepared very well, thought it was going to be good," said Brink, a North Carolina-bound senior. "But after the first hill, I could tell already, my calf was cramping. I think it was due to the heat. ... But as Coach (Rick) Heim says, 'if Plan A doesn't work, move on to Plan B,' and Plan B was to win.
"I was super excited because winning this race meant a lot to me since it was my last race running for Sacred Heart and, also, winning this means that I have never been beaten in the state of Kentucky all four years."
Assumption's Emily Bean, Ashley El Rady, Caroline McCaslin and Katherine Receveur swept 9-10-11-12 to lead the Rockets to their third state crown in four years, scoring 66. Sacred Heart and Manual each scored 109.
Paul Dunbar, led by senior Amanda Hancock in fifth place, came in 13th.
"I did exactly what I wanted to do and just finished really well," Hancock said. "A really hard race, but I think I pushed through it."