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Eagles compete in Regionals

by Chantal Daniel

The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | October 28, 2016

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Last week the Fort Knox High School Eagles Boys and Girls cross-country team traveled to Brandenburg, Kentucky, to compete in the Lincoln Trail Heartland 5k conference meet. As with previous meets, the Eagles competed against much larger schools and the runners held their own against those competitors.

On the boys side there were 13 runners for the Eagles against a field of 92 runners. The boys each ran 3.10 miles and the majority of the boys' team ran their personal best times of the season and some of them ran an overall personal best time.

The boys placed a respective fourth out of six teams with sophomore Orlando Rojas and junior Jabari Jackson leading the way for the Eagles. Rojas ran a season best personal time of 17:36 and placed seventh out of 92 runners. Jackson ran an overall personal best time of 17:47 and he placed 11th out of 92 runners. Freshman Yadiel Rojas placed 19th with an overall personal best time of 18:27. Senior Devon Horne and junior Noah Kopp came close to running an overall personal best. Horne’s time was 18:44 and Kopp’s was 19:19. Senior Christian Acevedo ran a personal best with a time of 19:47. Junior Joseph Daniel ran his second best time of the season with a time of 20:33. Sophomore Shane Parks and senior Juan Acevedo each ran a personal best. Parks time was 21:09 and Juan’s time was 21:50. The youngest boy on the boy’s team is eighth-grader Joshua Daniel who ran his second best time of the season with a time of 22:29. Freshmen Ian Stamos and Luis Corona each ran a strong race. Stamos’s time was 22:11 and Corona’s was 23:02.

On the girls side there were six runners from the Eagles who competed against a tough field of 63. The girls also ran 3.10 miles with the majority of the girls’ team running some of their personal best times of the season while others broke their personal times. Freshman Kayleigh Kopp and junior Jenna Doehring led the way for the girls. Kayleigh ran an overall personal best with a time of 22:05 and placed 16th out of 63 runners. Doehring ran a season personal best with a time of 22:29 and placed 23rd out of 63 runners. The youngest girl on the girls’ team is eighth-grader Claire Donohue who ran an overall personal best with a time of 24:23. Junior Fabienne Reinl and senior Dinesya Vasquez each ran a personal best. Reinl ran a time of 24:31 and Vasquez ran a time of 28:50. Freshman Yizteimar Martinez-Maldonado ran sub 30 for the first time ever and ran a personal best time of 29:19.

For the Eagles this was the last meet before Regionals and the last time they will run as a team. The Regional team will only have 10 runners from the boys’ and girls’ teams. The regional lineup for the girls will be eighth-grader  Donohue, freshmen Kayleigh and Marinez-Maldonado, juniors  Doehring and Reinl and senior Vasquez.

The boys’ regional lineup includes eighth-grader Joshua, freshmen Corona and Yadiel, sophomores Orlando and Parks, juniors Jackson, Noah and Joseph, seniors Horne and Christian.

The Eagles’ cross-country team
will travel to Goshen, Kentucky, Saturday
to compete in the Rumble Through The Jungle 5k 3A Regional meet at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve where the boys’ and girls’ team will each run 3.10 miles for a spot to compete in State. The Kentucky State cross-country meet will be held Nov. 5 at New Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.


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