It will be a tough task, but the Harrison County Fillies and Thorobreds track teams will both be seeking to repeat as team champions today as they are hosting the 39th annual Harrison County Invitational Track Meet.
Both teams have been hit hard by graduation losses the last couple of years and both are showing some growing pains in trying to reload.
Twelve varsity teams are expected to arrive at Ingles Stadium this afternoon in time for the 5:30 start of field events. Running events are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Joining Harrison County in the meet will be teams from Anderson County, Bourbon County, George Rogers Clark, Grant County, Montgomery County, Newport, Nicholas County, Paris, Pendleton County, Scott County, and Western Hills.
Since 1970, when the HCITM began, the Breds and Fillies have dominated the team titles. The Thorobreds have won five of the last six titles and 12 titles in all. The Fillies have won four of the last five Invitational titles and have garnered the top spot a total of nine times.
We graduated a lot of talented athletes last year and are really inexperienced and young this year, said Coach Danny Simpson about his girls team. But I will say they are perhaps the most coachable and enthusiastic group I have ever worked with. They practice hard and are dependable. If they stick with it for the next several years, we could have a really solid group.
Coach Robert Walker is faced with a similar dilemma with his stable of Thorobreds, but has a few more veterans with realistic chances of faring well in the bigger meets. Hurdlers Adam Fischer and Bryant Warmouth, both seniors, could prove to be threats as the regional meet nears in a few weeks. Fischer specialized in the 110 meter hurdles while Warmouth is a 300 meter hurdler. Warmouth also is a threat in the long jump.
In their most recent meet, the boys finished sixth overall among nine varsity teams in last Saturdays Woodford County Invitational. Henry Clay romped to the team title with 186.50 points. Scott County was a distant second with 98. The Breds earned 55 points.
Fischer earned a big victory at Woodford County with a winning time of 15.56 seconds in the 110 hurdles. Warmouth had the next best finish for the Breds, taking third in the long jump with an effort of 19-feet, 9-inches.
The Fillies finished seventh overall in the same meet on Saturday. Ryle won the meet with a team total of 191 points. Scott County was second with 104. Harrison County tallied 39.50 points.
Swanice Holman had the best finish of the day for the Fillies with a throw of 25-feet, 3-inches in the shot put. The girls had three fourth place finishes on the day. Laura Ross was fourth in the discus with a throw of 69-feet, 9-inches, Catherine Darnell was fourth in the high jump with a leap of 4-feet, 6-inches, and Danni Kemplin was fourth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.31 seconds.