Boys win third-straight State Championship

Four season-best races give LC its third-straight State Championship

 On the strength of four season-best performances, Lexington Catholic’s boys’ cross country won its third-straight KHSAA 2A State Championship Saturday, November 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

 

LC senior Ben Cole led the Knights by finishing third overall, covering the muddy 5K course in 16 minutes 40.24 seconds.

 

Fellow LC senior and team captain Brian Reinhart finished ninth in 17:08.82 Two hundred and fifty-four runners completed the race.

 

Cole and Reinhart each earned All-State honors.

 

Freshman Dominic Bilotta placed 21st in 17:36.55. Senior Caanan Neaves finished 27th in 17:47.58 and junior Mark Cervoni finished in 33rd 17:54.01 to give the Knights a first-place team score of 85 points.

 

LC freshman David Reinhart placed 37th in 17:58.19 and senior Walker Taylor placed 73rd in 18:29.92.

 

Despite the muddy course conditions at State, Ben Cole, Brian Reinhart, Dominic Bilotta, and Caanan Neaves all ran their best 5K times of the 2018 season.

 

LC finished ahead of Boyd County, which placed second with 163 points. Boyle County placed third with 172 points and North Oldham finished fourth with 199 points.

 

Two girls of Lexington Catholic cross country also raced at State this year. Senior Calista Robinson finished 99th in 22:36.34 and freshman Emmy Kay Adair finished 147th in 23:48.76.

 

In 2017, LC placed four finishers in the top-10 and scored 39 points to win the KHSAA 2A State Championship --its second-straight.

 

The Knights also won the 2016 KHSAA 2A boys cross country State Championship, scoring 61 points to North Oldham’s 74.