We called her Auto-Maddox when she won her second straight KHSAA cross country state championship last year.
Updating, in the wake of Saturday's dominating performance at the Kentucky Horse Park, perhaps Maddox Patterson can by Maddox Three-peater-son for a while.
The Sayre freshman had the day's greatest margin of victory (more than 20 seconds) as champions were decided in three classes.
Sisters Gabriella and Caterina Karas of Collins placed 1-2 in Class 2A, and Manual's Cassidy Hale hung on to win 3A before collapsing soon after she finished.
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Class A: "It's really a great feeling," Patterson said after earning her third crown. "It just makes you feel all the hard work that you've done ... just really paid off."
Patterson ran 5,000 meters in 18 minutes, 58.53 seconds. That was well off last year's time of 18:25.34, but a stiff wind and the absence of close pursuit came into play. She led by four seconds with a 5:42 opening mile, and was 23 seconds ahead when she passed two miles in 11:44.
Toughest part of the course, she said, was a hill about 2¼ miles into the race.
"When you're really tired and you just have nothing left," she said, "it helps to just think about that you know you can still do it."
Lindsey Hinken took second in 19:18.88, leading St. Henry to its fourth team championship in five years. The Crusaders scored 100 points to edge defending champion Fairview by four points.
Joined by top 15 finishers Philippine Couturie and Morgan Lautner, Patterson sparked Sayre to a fifth-place finish with 158 points.
Danville senior Kaitlin Snapp, who won three straight titles beginning as a seventh-grader, placed fifth.
Class 2A: Gabriella Karas, a seventh-grader, outkicked her sister Caterina, a senior, to win by nearly 16 seconds in 18:30.31 — fastest time of the day.
Sixth-place finisher Grace Whitworth led South Oldham to its fourth team championship in a row. The Dragons had 75 points, followed by North Oldham with 114 and Collins with 160.
Caterina Karas, who last year became her school's first state champ ever, accepted losing to her little sister.
"We both came into the race thinking one was going to win, so we were just trying to run together and, whoever felt better was going to get it," Caterina said. "It was kind of cool, though, having my sister run up here with me."
The siblings passed the first mile marker in 5:42, the second in 11:47.
Caterina finished 54 seconds in front of third-placer Lauren Ossege from Highlands.
Each sister said they thought the other would win. Asked what she thought about winning as a seventh-grader, Gabriella was struck by the realization "I have five more years here."
With Caterina at her side, Gabriella said she won "because I had a kick at the end."
"You were catching up to me. ... I got lucky. I knew you were going to kick, so I got away."
Said Caterina: "She took off with probably a mile to go. She started taking off and she kind of left me. I made my mistakes there, but it's fine."
Class 3A: Hale led by 16 seconds through two miles, then hung on. Barely.
Dazed, the junior shuffled across the line in 18:55.89, trailed by Assumption sophomore Bailey Davis in 19:02.53.
Hale, who placed seventh in 2010, collapsed after the race. She was treated in the nearby medical tent for about 40 minutes, then still needed assistance to walk away.
Hale went out with mile splits of 5:38 and 6:03.
Davis was the first of seven Assumption finishers in the top 17.
The Rockets romped with 34 points for their second straight team title and fourth in five years.
Runner-up Sacred Heart edged Bowling Green 153-155.