Cross Country - McCracken's Aydt finishes No. 3 in Class 3A
11/5/2018 9:04 AM

LEXINGTON – Not long after she crossed the finish line on Saturday at the KHSAA state cross-country meet at the Kentucky Horse Park, McCracken County sophomore Maggie Aydt – the newly-minted third-fastest girl in Class 3A – was in tears.

Frustrated with her 19 minute, 19.75 second time, there was the belief that she could’ve done better than her five-place improvement from a year ago.

But nobody was going to catch Madison Central eighth-grader Ciara O’Shea, whose 18:41.90 was 15 seconds better than runner-up Karlee Hoffmann, a senior at Daviess County.

Given a few minutes to ponder the matter, Aydt took it in stride.

“I didn’t feel my very best, because I had a really good race last weekend at regionals and I ran a (personal record) there,” she said. “But, I still gave it my all today and I’m still proud of that. I’m so proud of our team, too, because we’ve worked our butts off all season. We’ve put in a lot of miles and hard intervals, so I’m just proud we got here and made it through.”

Junior Maggie Dowdy – the other “McCracken Maggie” – had only good things to say about her teammate.

“She is just so tough,” said Dowdy, whose 20:36.52 put her at No. 25. “She just loves the sport so much. She’s almost like an inspiration to keep going. She’s like a sister to me. We’re always together training. We’re together almost seven days a week. Running with her has been tough because she’s younger than me and she’s faster than me, so sometimes I get discouraged. But, then I remember she’s one of my closest friends and I’m so proud of her. She is the reason I’m where I am today, so I’m very thankful for her.”

McCracken girls’ coach Maria Grogan assessed the efforts of Aydt, whom she called a very “tactical” runner

“I was completely happy,” Grogan said. “I felt like she ran a very smart race. She just does a great job of coming from behind, and she’s only a sophomore. I think to be top-three in the state, and she’s got a couple of years ahead of her, she’s going to do great things.”

McCracken’s Autumn Knight (32nd, 20:56.47) was the only other racer from the coverage area in the top 50. Graves County’s Carley Dowdy was 59th with a 21:25.88.

Top five finishers from coverage area

Class 3A



3. Maggie Aydt (McCracken County), 19:19.75

25. Maggie Dowdy (McCracken County), 20:36.82

32. Autumn Knight (McCracken County), 20:56.47

59. Carley Dowdy (Graves County), 21:25.88

103. Stella Mapes (Graves County), 21:53.62


10. McCracken County

34. Marshall County

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