High School Sports

Holy Cross boys run away with first Class A state track title

McLean County's David Burden, left, won the 110-meter hurdles. Louisville Holy Cross's Greg Johnson, third from left, rallied for second to go with his victory in the 300-meter hurdles. Fort Knox's Akio Tonge, second from left, finished third.
McLean County's David Burden, left, won the 110-meter hurdles. Louisville Holy Cross's Greg Johnson, third from left, rallied for second to go with his victory in the 300-meter hurdles. Fort Knox's Akio Tonge, second from left, finished third.

Holy Cross?

Holy Cow!

Louisville Holy Cross made it a runaway Friday in taking the school's first Class A State Track and Field Meet championship.

The Cougars' 91 points beat defending champion Fort Campbell by 24 points. Third-place Bishop Brossart scored 483/4.

"We were just hoping the kids were ready to go. We knew what they could do," said Lad Dillard, who has been on the Holy Cross coaching staff since 1994 and has been the head man since 1999. "It was theirs to lose, so we told them, 'Hey, get out there and perform,' and they did it."

Jacob Thomson, a sophomore, led the Holy Cross assault with wins at 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters, also running on the Cougars' third-place 4-by-800 relay team.

"I feel fine right now," Thomson said after his final race on the Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park oval at the University of Louisville. "I didn't feel too good going into the four-by-eight but, after that, each race I kept feeling better and better."

Cool, overcast conditions were a stark contrast to last year's searing heat.

"Last year I won the mile, but I was completely toast after that," Thomson said.

Thomson won the 1,600 comfortably in 4:27.64, but needed a photo-finish judgment to eke out the 800-meter win over Bishop Brossart's Zac Holtkamp. Official time for both runners was 1:58.93. Broken down further, Thomson won by two-thousandths of a second in 1:58.927.

"Oh, that was too close for me!" Thomson said. "I went past him and I didn't know he was coming back on me in the straightaway so I kind of tilted up at the finish line. (Then) I saw him right there, so I put my head back down real quick."

In the 3,200, Thomson crossed the finish line in 9:50.08, followed by senior teammate Dominic Perronie in 9:53.67. They were the only entrants to crack 10 minutes.

Holy Cross also got a win from Greg Johnson in the 300-meter hurdles. Johnson placed second to McLean County's David Burden in the 110-meter hurdles.

Lexington Christian, which tied for 15th in the team standings, scored 10 of its 18 points in the 4-by-100-meter relay. Juniors Adam Hilton and Christian Fielden combined with sophomore Christian Foster and senior Chad Synder to sprint the one-lap race in 44.22. Runner-up Fort Knox punched in at 44.43.

"It was all (three) handoffs and, without them, I couldn't have done it," said Synder, who anchored. "Every one was perfect. Coach helped and we all had a prayer right before. Thanks be to God.

"We had perfect confidence. We worked at it ... all year, basically, and we got it done."

Hilton also placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles and Fielden took sixth in the 200 meters.

In the latter event, Andy Klaassen of Louisville's Whitefield Academy outlasted Frankfort senior Georan Cardwell, 22.94 to 23.23.

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