The cross country Centurion girls entered the week ranked 2nd in the state with the boys ranked 8th. The CAL runners validated the ratings by bringing the Private School Championship traveling trophies back to English Station Saturday.

The girls faced a battle with 3rd ranked Presentation and a strong Holy Cross team as the main competition. Clara Lynch and Callie Donaldson led the charge, presenting CAL with 3rd and 4th place overall finishes respectively. Hannah Herd ran the race as a workout run, getting ready for state, but still crossed the finish just six spots behind the leader. Kenzie Stovall and Candace Putlak finished up the scoring, putting CAL in a 43-43 tie for first with Presentation. As the sixth runner tiebreaker, Caroline Hughes sizzled the course with a PR and a Centurion victory.

The boys dominated the closest competitor, DeSales, 63-19. Conner Cloyd claimed his first victory in a cross country race with Austin Schaper and Eric Lesmeister completing the Centurion trifecta that dominated the field. The “Red Sea” of Andrew Sitlinger, Dominic D’Ettorre, Adam Waggener, Caleb Pryor and Casey Diamond flooded the finish with CAL uniforms as eight of the first 11 runners hailed from 700 South English Station Road.