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December 3, 2009

All-Area Cross Country: Ashland, Fairview looking ahead

Ashland’s boys and Fairview’s girls cross country teams enjoyed high state rankings, won regional championships and finished well at the State Meet.

That success is also reflected on The Independent’s 2009 All-Area Cross Country teams.

Ashland junior Jon Renneker is Runner of the Year on the boys’ squad. Coaching honors went to Phillip Caudill of the Tomcats, who have four runners on the first team.

On the girls side, freshman Brooklyn Bowen and coach Becca Stacey of Fairview received the top awards. The Lady Eagles filled six of 10 spots on the team.

“I can’t talk about each of the girls enough,’’ said Stacey, whose squad ran to third place at the Class A State Meet in Lexington. “A lot of them got out in the summer and trained. All of their work really showed. I think in all the meets we went to, counting state, only three teams beat us the whole season.’’

Even better for Ashland and Fairview, the future remains bright. The Tomcats did not have a senior in their top seven runners, while Fairview’s girls are loaded with youth.

“I think there’s more to be expected as long as the kids are still committed like they were this year,’’ Caudill said. “This group probably had the best chemistry of any team I’ve coached.’’

Renneker paced Ashland to a best-ever finish of fifth place in Boys Class 2A state competition at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Individually, Renneker capped an outstanding season by finishing third with a time of 16 minutes, 58.02 seconds. He earned first team All-State honors.

“Jon was one of the better 2A runners all year,’’ Caudill said. “His goal was to be in the top five at state, and he did that. He consistently ran in the 16s this season.’’

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