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LOUISVILLE – After the end of the running season for the East Running Club, some of the club members competed with the Derby City Athletic Club in some national events.
First, a number of Bullitt Countians participated in the Cross-Country Coaches Youth National Championships on Nov. 23 at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville.
It was a banner day for 8-year old Logan Ortega as she finished first out of 72 runners to claim the groups’ National Championship. The fourth-grader at Pleasant Grove Elementary covered the 2K course in 7:58. Also, Bullitt Countian Taylor Howell was 29th and Mackenzie Cornell was 40th.
Also that day, in the girls’ 9-year old race, Carly Spencer was 14, Camryn Poole 29th, Madison Hennig 36th and Sydney Higdon 63rd.
The girls’ 10-year old race had Bailey Chitwood finishing sixth, Emma Egan 23rd and Kaylee Wilson 45th. The girls’ 11-year old race saw Ryley Ortega finish 33rd and Ellie Poole was 41st.
In the girls’ 12-year old race, Anatasia Newsome was 34th. In the 13-year old race, Julia Poole was 35th over 4K and in the 14-year old race, Brianna Poole was 65th.
On the boys’ side, Ethan Hennig was 36th in the 7-year old race while Clint Sherman was 18th in the 13-year old division.
On Nov. 30, Bullitt East sophomore Sierra Poppell competed in the FootLocker South Region race in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Poppell finished that 5K race in 18:54, a personal best for her. That placed her 11th out of 125 girls in the Sophomore Race.
AAU National Meet
Logan Ortega picked up another national championship medal on Dec. 7 when she competed in the AAU National Cross Country Meet in Ft. Gordon, Georgia.
In addition, the Derby City Athletic Club won the overall national championship.
In the Under-8 race, Ortega was first out of 65 runners with a time of 7:56. Taylor Howell also competed and was 19th.
In the girls’ 9-year old race, Carly Spencer was 25th while Camryn Poole was 30th. At 10-years old, Bailey Chitwood was eighth and in the 11-year old race, Ryley Ortega was ninth and Ellie Poole was 21st.
Moving up the age scale, in the 12-year old race, Anastasia Newsome was 17th in that age group while Lindsey Spencer was 43rd. Julia Poole competed in the 13-year old race and was 22nd.
Bullitt East’s high school team members also competed. Caroline Collins was 14th in the 14-year old race while Brianna Poole was 25th. Poppell competed in the 15-16 year old race and finished seventh.
“Obviously, Logan Ortega is a special talent,” East Running Club coach Lenny Raley said. “She is a highly competitive runner who always wants to win, no matter what race she is competing in and who she is racing. Her desire to succeed is a driving force behind her success.”
Ortega has been named the Elementary Runner of the Year in Area 4. She was also on the Girls’ Elementary All-State Team.