There was no racing at Keeneland on Tuesday, but Lexington was not without a racing daily double.
The winning ticket: Tates Creek.
The Commodores swept the girls' and boys' team titles in the Fayette County Public School Cross Country Championships at Masterson Station Park.
Individual honors went to seniors Abby Florence of Paul Laurence Dunbar and John Spencer of Lafayette.
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"Our boys ran great, our girls ran great, our teams ran great," Tates Creek Coach Chris Hawboldt said. "It was a great day for Tates Creek."
The Lady Commodores won handily with 34 points. A nip-and-tuck race for second went to Dunbar with 63, a point ahead of Lafayette and five better than Henry Clay.
Tates Creek's boys pulled out a 37-40 win over Dunbar. Lafayette was third with 48.
Hawboldt said that beating four of the seven teams Tates Creek will face in regional competition, and on the regional course, serves as a boost of confidence for his girls.
"Our one-through-three runners just ran the race of their lives. They ran a great race. They ran as a pack," Hawboldt said. "And then Kylie Russ and Leanne Dobias are right behind them, holding up four and five.
"They did what we thought they could do, but now we just have to improve. We have a lot more tough competition in our region, along with these schools that were here today."
Tates Creek's Emma Anderson, Kara Weaver and Miranda Mullins ran 3-4-5, with Russ in eighth and Dobias 18th.
Dunbar's Florence covered 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) in 20 minutes, 15.6 seconds.
"This is what I hoped for," Florence said. "I knew there was about four of us that were going to be shooting for first, so I was hoping it would be me."
Lafayette's Olivia Rodrigue, who finished second in 20:42.6, led through the first mile, while Florence was close behind in a pack of four.
"My strategy basically was just to stay behind the leaders. I'm not a good starter; I always move from the back up," Florence said. "So my strategy was just to stay behind them, have them pace me, and then I got to the bottom of the hill (near the halfway point) and I heard all my teammates and everybody.
"I was just like 'OK, it's time to go!' So I tried to work up this hill and then from there, 'you've got to stay ahead, you've got to stay ahead.'"
Tates Creek's boys were led by Adrian Lyttle, the runner-up to Spencer. Benjamin Young, Ben Hart and Nick McGee placed 6-7-8, and Evan Anestis completed the Commodores' scorers in 14th place.
"Everybody did their job," Hawboldt said. "Everybody ran a hard race, and we just have a great group of kids that go out and run hard for me every day, and it shows out here on a course like this. ... No one person. This is 100 percent a team effort."
Spencer led nearly all the way, passing the first two mile markers in 5:05 and 10:15. That was a tad slower than he had hoped for, but he has been doing only light training for the last week after missing two weeks because of a back injury that also affected his hip.
"I needed just to trust my training. I had the base there to go run," Spencer said. "Really, it's believing that all the training I've done will keep me strong in the race."
Girls' teams—Tates Creek 34; Dunbar 63; Lafayette 64; Henry Clay 68; Bryan Station 121.
Girls' individuals (5,000 meters)—Abby Florence (D) 20:15.6; Olivia Rodrigue (L) 20:42.6; Lorren Sales (TC) 20:45.8; Emma Anderson (TC) 20:50.1; Kara Weaver (TC) 20:57.3; Miranda Mullins (L) 21:00.3; Lindsee Tippetts (D) 21:13.2; Kylie Russ (TC) 21:24.7; Daria Ochenkowski (HC) 21:24.7; Jennie Clark (HC) 21:40.7.
Boys' teams—Tates Creek 37; Dunbar 40; Lafayette 48; Henry Clay 114; Bryan Station 136.
Boys' individuals (5,000 meters)—John Spencer (L) 16:41.1; Adrian Lyttle (TC) 16:50.4; William Keplinger (D) 16:53.7; Kendall Muhammad (D) 16:57.5; Malik Mahmud (D) 16:58.0; Benjamin Young (TC) 17:00.7; Ben Hart (TC) 17:20.1; Nick McGee (TC) 17:26.1; Brian Rugg (L) 17:28.8; Mitchell Kilgore (L) 17:33.6.