“We finished region champs last year and runners up this, and I am extremely proud of this group of athletes,” said Thorobreds Track Coach Robert Walker. “Considering the people we lost to graduation and those that fell by the wayside this year this group showed a lot of heart. We had people who were injured competing and giving their all.”
Lexington Catholic finished in first Saturday with 136 points followed by the Breds who edged Highlands 105 to 104. Covington Catholic was fourth with 71 followed by Western Hills, Franklin County, Holmes, Pendleton County, Lloyd and Bourbon County.
Sophomore Jordan Kenney brought home the only first place medals for the Thorobreds as he won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 1/2 inch and the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 10 inches with fewer previous misses than teammate Mason Ritchie who finished second.
Both jumpers will compete in the AA State Track Meet in Louisville on the May 24. Thirteen other Thorobreds qualified for 11 events by finishing second or having a time or height or distance jumped that qualified them compared to the other AA regionals throughout the state.
Todd Puckett was second in the long jump only three and one quarter inches behind Kenney and also ran a leg in the state qualifying 800M relay and the fourth place 400M relay along with J.J. Willis, Zach Mastin and Davonte Kenney.
Scott Kendall qualified for the state in the 400M dash with a fifth place finish in the Region 4 meet, which is the toughest in the state for AA along with the 800M relay and the 1600M relay.
Grant Carr was third in the 800M run, which qualified him for the state meet along with his leg of the 1600M relay with Kendall, Ben Anness, and Derrick Hurst, and the 3200M relay quartet of Joe Thomas, Austin Short, Harry Smith and Carr.
Both the 1600M relay and the 3200 meter relay joined the 800M relay in qualifying for state. The 800M relay of Willis, Puckett, Kendall and Anness finished second as did the 1600M relay. The 3200M relay was third.
Daniel Klapheke finished second in the 110M hurdles and third in the 300M hurdles both times qualifying for the state meet.
Colton Burus was third in the 110M hurdles, which also qualified him for a week from Friday’s meet.
Taylor Bolin was third in the pole vault with a leap of 10 feet, 6 inches, which sends him to the state meet for the second straight year, and Joey Faulconer will also return to the big meet as he was fourth in the 1600M run with a time of 4:37.59.
The Fillies will send three girls to compete in six events for the Louisville state meet. Haley Carr won the 100M hurdles and finished third in the 300M hurdles to qualify for both events in the state meet.
Mia Lail was third in the 100M hurdles as she, like Carr, will be making a return trip to the state.
The newcomer to the University of Louisville Track and Field Complex will be sophomore Kassidy Cook who qualified in the high jump, triple jump and the long jump.
Cook won the high jump at the region meet, finished second in the triple jump and third in the long jump to score some big points in the nine-team contest.
She was also sixth in the 100M dash.
The Harrison County relay teams just fell short at the regionals of qualifying for the state.
The 800M relay of Tarah Martin, Carr, Kinsey Lesak, and Brooklyn Wiggins finished fourth after bobbling the baton and the 1600M relay of Martin, Carr, Lesak and Jessica Alas improved their best time of the year by five seconds finishing fourth.
Elizabeth Boyers was fourth in the high jump, Caylin Mattox was fifth in both the pole vault and the 300M hurdles and Alas was fifth in the 200M dash.
Both the 400M relay team of Mattox, Boyers, Wiggins and Lesak and the 3200M relay of Mary Levi, Martin, Bailey Caudill and Kayla Joy finished sixth for the Fillies.
Lexington Catholic also won the girls’ portion of the meet scoring 126 points. Franklin County was second with 109 edging Highlands who had 107.
Probably the surprise of the meet was Western Hills, last year’s state champs, finishing fourth with 96 points just ahead of the Fillies who were fifth with 67 followed by Lloyd, Holmes, Bourbon County and Pendleton County.
“I’m proud of the girls,” said Coach Danny Simpson. “They all gave great efforts especially considering the number of injuries that we have had this season. I wish that we had more girls competing at the state meet but we will return a strong group next year.”