Father Ryan Distance Running Classic sets record

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A record 117 runners turned out Wednesday, Aug. 31, for the annual Father Ryan High School Distance Running Classic. The winners, from left, include Christine Simpson of St. Ann School for fourth grade girls; Blake Hestermann of St. Matthew School in Franklin for fourth grade boys; Madelyn Brock of St. Rose of Lima School in Murfreesboro for fifth grade girls; Thomas Casey of Christ the King School for fifth grade boys; Michael Sechrist of Christ the King for sixth grade boys; Violet Ortner of St. Bernard Academy for sixth grade girls; Stella Doherty of St. Bernard for seventh grade girls; Charlie Slattery of St. Bernard for seventh grade boys; Emilia Trailov of St. Henry School for eighth grade girls; and Gabe Guillamondegui of St. Bernard for eighth grade boys. Submitted photo

A record 117 runners participated in the 2022 Father Ryan High School Distance Running Classic on Wednesday, Aug. 31, on the school’s track.  

The Distance Classic is a one-of-a-kind event in which fourth through eighth grade runners race against other runners from their grade. Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders race 800 meters, while seventh and eighth graders race 1600 meters.

“We try to create a festive atmosphere by introducing individual participants as they walk onto the track while motivational songs such as ‘Eye of the Tiger’ (by Survivor) are played on the public address system,” said Robert Kent, meet director and Father Ryan Girls’ Cross Country coach. 

One new meet record was set, and another record was tied. Madelyn Brock from St. Rose of Lima School in Murfreesboro won the fifth grade girls’ race in 2 minutes, 47 seconds. The previous record was 2:52. Saint Bernard Academy’s Violet Ortner tied the sixth grade girls’ record when she won her race with a time of 2:46.

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