(Cover photo: DuPont Manual’s Alena Sapienza-Wright wins the title at the 2015 KHSAA State Cross Country Championships)
By Ashli McLean
As we close out 2015, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network is featuring its first-ever “Top 10” countdown of the best local female sports moments of the year. Our staff here at The Sports Media Team vetted through countless stories that are worthy of being noted. Although all stories cannot be squeezed into the Top 10, we are excited about the state of female sports in our city and look forward to highlighting as much of the accomplishments as possible.
Check back with us every day until New Year’s Eve as we count down to the No. 1 story of 2015.
The No. 7 story of the year: “Sapienza-Wright, Lacy, Simms, and Edmundson Make Statement at State Track Meet”.
DuPont Manual sophomore Alena Sapienza-Wright claimed the individual title at the 2015 KHSAA Class 3A State Cross Country Meet on Nov. 7 at the Kentucky Horse Park. She was among the favorites coming into the race.
Last year, Sapienza-Wright finished fourth with a time of 18:46.10. This year, she crossed the line nearly 40 seconds better (18:09.45). She had an easy 10-second delay between her and second-place finisher Kaitlyn Lacy of Male. Lacy, a sophomore, crossed the line at 18:19.13 while Sacred Heart sophomore and defending individual title holder Kathleen Simms finished in third place a few seconds later at 18:24.18.
Lacy was satisfied with her runner-up finish. She finished 50 seconds better this year than at the 2014 state meet.
These three have been going at it for years. Sapienza-Wright and Lacy, in particular, share an interesting competitive spirit amongst each other as they played club soccer together in elementary school and now consistently see one another cross the finish line in sequence.
In Class 2A, the favored winner Michaela Reinhart of Lexington Catholic took the title, but North Oldham senior Erin Edmundson was right there to take a strong second place finish in 18:29.25. Edmundson also won the Class 2A Girls’ Kentucky National Guard Best and Brightest Award.
Also worthy of noting in Class 2A was that Christian Academy of Louisville had two, top-10 finishes: Junior Clara Lynch placed 3rd (18:46.21) while sophomore Madalyn O’Dea placed eighth (19:23.46).