Faulconer sets school mile record at state

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Cook and Carr score for Fillies

By Mike Aldridge

Louisville Central ran away with the girls’ team title and Lexington Catholic was the easy winner in the boys’ competition Friday at the AA State Track Championships.  
The meet, which was moved up a week to accommodate the officials, featured some dominant athletes in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions.  
Joey Faulconer was fourth in the 1600M run and Daniel Klapheke was eighth in the 110M hurdles to score six points for the Harrison County Thorobreds, who finished in 32nd place in the 44-team competition.  
Faulconer’s time of 4:31.22 broke the Harrison County High School record of 4:32, which was set 41 years ago in 1972 by Jimmy Grisso.  
The Thorobreds had some good efforts in other events but came up short in each one.  
The 3200M relay of Joe Thomas, Harry Smith, Austin Short and Grant Carr ran the event in 8:49.65, which was almost four seconds faster than their third place region performance.  
Grant Carr finished 11th on Friday in 2:03.22, which was a two second improvement over his third place region performance.  
Mason Ritchie in the high jump and Taylor Bolin in the pole vault improved their region performances by several inches but were unable to score in the state meet.  
The Thorobreds were also hampered by the absence of Todd Puckett who had qualified for the long jump and also ran a leg in the 800M relay team.  Puckett was injured in a car accident and is recuperating at this time.  
“We had some good efforts but did not do as well as last year for sure.  We will be back and better next year,” said Coach Robert Walker.
Haley Carr, Kassidy Cook and Mia Lail were the three Fillies who competed in the state on Friday. They scored 7.5 points to finish in 28th place in the 44-team field.  
Carr finished 6th in the 100M hurdles in 16:53 and Lail finished just out of the scoring in 16:67. Both girls easily out-performed their times when they were first and third in the region meet.  
Carr also ran the 300M hurdles in 52:15 but did not place.  
Cook had the best day of her young track career.  
The promising sophomore had her personal best in all three of the events she competed in finishing fifth in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches.
She was seventh in the triple jump with the second best jump in Harrison County High School history of 33 feet, 4 inches.  
The school record belongs to Megan Gray McIlvain at 34 feet, 10 ½ inches.  
Cook also had a personal best leap of 15 feet, 7 inches in the long jump but did not place.  
“Our three girls did an awesome job,” noted Coach Danny Simpson. “I am extremely proud of them.  The two sophomores and one junior have a good chance to return to the state next year.”