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Fillies, Breds prep for track Regionals at Henry Clay

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By Lee Kendall

The Harrison County Fillies and Thorobreds had a couple of track meets last week and wrap up the regular season tonight with their own all-comers meet on the Hilltop as both teams prepare for next Tuesdays Regional Track Meet at Henry Clay.

On Tuesday, May 6, both teams traveled to Scott County and the Fillies had their best performance of the season, finishing second with a season-high 107 points.

This meet was big for our field events, said HCHS girls coach Danny Simpson. Most of the season we have struggled to place, but we were much stronger on that day.

Catherine Darnell won the high jump, with Harley Cunningham finishing third and Bonnie Dailey fourth. This improved scoring carried over into the long jump where Darnell was third, Cunningham fourth and Shelby Cooper fifth. Swanice Holman was third in the shot, and was fourth in the discus, with Laura Ross fifth in the discus.

In the running events, Harrison County scored in virtually every event. Ashley Bradford, Katelyn Groom, Kelsey Carr and Mariah Carr were second in the 3200 meter relay. Bradford, Groom, Reagan Oaks and Holman were third in the 800 meter relay. Bradford, Groom, Rachel Thornberry and Darnell were also third in the 1600 meter relay.

Danni Kemplin and Megan Potter finished third and fourth in the 100 meter hurdles, while Thornberry and Kelsey Carr were third and fourth in the 800 meter run.

On Saturday, Harrison County placed fourth overall from among eight teams competing in the Pendleton County Invitational.

Our finish was good for us, because we were not at our best, said Simpson. We were tired and had soreness as the season winds up. We were able to push through and still do a good job this day.

Darnell was second in the high jump and came back to fourth in the long jump. The 1600 meter relay team of Bradford, Groom, Thornberry and Darnell took third in a seasons best time of 4:55.5. Holman established a personal best of 68-feet, 11- inches to take third in the discus and was sixth in the shot put.

Kemplin was third in the 100 meter hurdles and was part of the fourth place 800 meter relay team with Bradford, Groom and Megan Potter. The 400 meter relay team of Bradford, Groom, Brittany Wright and Holman was fourth.

When you can persevere, compete and carry on when youre tired, sore and less than 100 percent, it speaks well for your team, said Simpson. It makes me proud of these girls. We still arent a very strong team, but were leaps and bounds ahead of were we were at the beginning of the season.

Also at the Pendleton County meet on Saturday, the Breds finished sixth overall from among eight teams competing. Ryan Puckett led the way for the Breds, taking three second place finishes. He was runner-up in the 800 meter, 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs. The 3200 meter relay team of Sender Aubrey, Josh Ashbrook, John Michael Reitz and Puckett finished third overall.

The Class AAA Regional Meet will get under way at Henry Clay High School this coming Tuesday at 11 a.m.