Heardmont Park, Birmingham–Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s Cross Country team posted some hot times on a challenging course at the 2011 Oak Mountain Invitational Meet. The Racing Knights lined up against some of the best teams in Alabama and produced some great individual performances. Catholic did not compete for team honors because the runners were distributed across the Varsity and Middle School divisions. The course was full of hills, a rocky trail, and required every runner to negotiate fording a creek at least once.
In the Girls Varsity 5000m race, junior Katherine Terino led all Montgomery area athletes and all small school participants by finishing seventh in 21:57. Sophomore MacKenzie Colvin was 41st in 23:46 and senior Kenslie McOmber finished in 29:47.
In the Boys Varsity, junior Jarrett Mason finished 18th in a sparkling 18:12. He also led all small school and Montgomery area runners with his performance. Sophomore Matt Pouncey was right behind in 18:29 and garnered 22nd place. Freshman Tucker Wilkinson finished in 22:40.
The Middle School races witnessed the debut of many new athletes for the Racing Knights. Eight grader Patrick Gregorius, in his second season of cross country, used his experience to his benefit and led all the MS Knights by finishing 47th in 13:37 for the 3200m course. Seventh graders James Sadie and Josh Davis, competing for the first time in the Blue and Gold, completed the circuit in 13:52 and 14:45, respectively.
For the Middle School Girls, seventh grader Katie Lawrence in her first race ran 18:47 for the almost two mile long race.
The Racing Knights compete twice in the next week. On Thursday, they will be at Montgomery Academy for the Capital City Conference Kick-Off Meet and then they will travel to the University of Montevallo for the Early Bird Classic on Saturday.
Pictured: Montgomery Catholic Cross Country runner Matt Pouncey splashes through the course at Oak Mountain Invitational.