Holy Trinity earns more state titles in cross country


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It was a big month for Holy Trinity cross country runners, from left, Andrew Cacciatore, Daniel Cronin, Trevor Kattenberg, Maleia Storum, Shelby Smith and Julie Wollrath. Both the boys and girls teams won state titles and Wollrath won her third straight individual title.

Carl Kotala

Now that’s a three-peat.

Not only did the Holy Trinity boys cross country team win its third consecutive Class 1A state championship last month, but junior Julie Wollrath captured her third straight individual girls’ title as well.

In fact, the Holy Trinity girls captured the state championship as well, giving them a total of seven since 2002 and matching the boys, who also have seven state titles.
“I’m so happy,” Wollrath said. “I hadn’t won an individual (championship), and then had my team win as well. It’s normally either one or the other, so it was so nice to win both because everyone could celebrate.”

Wollrath finished in 18 minutes, 14.88 seconds while sophomore teammate Shelby Smith took eighth in 18:47.65. Freshman Samantha Folio (18:55.47) and junior Maleia Storum (19:05.25) finished 12th and 13th respectively, while freshman Natalia Walcott was 17th (19:25.38). The Tigers’ top five were joined by eighth-grader Chelsea Basford who was 33rd in 19:53.35 and seventh-grader Marie Groppel who was 46th in 20:25.63.

The boys were led by junior Andrew Cacciatore, who took second in 15:47.34 and freshman Trevor Kattenberg, who was fifth in 16:11.20. Another pair of freshmen — Egan Kattenberg (16:46.19) and Michael Wilson (16:47.76) — finished 16th and 17th. Sophomore Daniel Cronin was 44th in 17:27.69. Also running for the Tigers were freshman John Cacciatore, who was 72nd in 17:57.19 and freshman Bryce-Austin Wahy, who was 77th in 18:01.27.

“I feel like I raced pretty well,” Andrew Cacciatore said. “I just tried to stay with the leaders, and then I tried to see if I could catch the guy at the very end, but I wasn’t able to. I was a little disappointed (not to win), but I was still happy finishing second because that’s still really good.”

This marks the second time the Holy Trinity boys team has won three straight championships. The Tigers also did it from 2004 to 2006.

That, of course, should give coach Doug Butler’s team plenty of incentive to try to make it four in a row next season.

“I think that’s the goal, to get four,” Cacciatore said.

Wollrath, meanwhile, has a chance to not only get her fourth straight state championship next season, but she can match former Tiger Kayla Hale, who won four in a row from 2005 to 2008.

“It’s definitely always on my mind,” Wollrath said. “Kayla won all four years, so I kind of feel like it’s my job almost to continue the tradition.” 

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