A number of native groups and athletes headed to Lexington final week to participate within the 2023 KHSAA state observe and subject meets.
Within the 1A division, Bracken County’s Brianna Bauer, Haylee Harrison, Taylor Burton, Garrett Scott, Grace Scott, Brennan Conley, McKinley Dietrich and Sanae Takata all competed in occasions, starting from the shot put competitors to the combined 2×50 meter relay.
Though Bracken County didn’t qualify fully as a workforce, these athletes certified individually, and have been capable of compete within the state competitors. Sadly, not one of the Polar Bears rivals have been medalists this meet, though they have been sturdy contenders.
Garrett Scott and Taylor Burton got here in at sixth and seventh within the combined lengthy soar unified competitors, the 2 highest rankings any of the Bracken County athletes scored. Scott jumped a 10-5.5 coming in simply behind Owen County’s Hailey Dean with a 13-11. Burton then jumped a 10-3 to fall proper behind Scott at seventh place.
Additionally Competing within the 1A division, have been a number of Augusta Panthers.
Augusta had three athletes competing within the occasions. Bryant Curtis competed in each the boys 1600 and 3200 meter runs, with Grayson Miller additionally competing within the 3200. The final competitor for Augusta, Braydon Appleman, threw within the boys shot put competitors.
Curtis positioned seventeenth in each occasions he competed in, with a closing time of 4:48.97 within the 1600 meter, and 10:48.90 within the 3200 meter. Miller got here out forward of Curtis within the 3200 meter run, with a closing time of 10:28.65, placing him in tenth place. Appleman’s 12.86 meter throw landed him fourteenth place within the shot put competitors.
Whereas neither Bracken County or Augusta had any competitor convey residence a medal, the power to compete on the state degree is second to none for these athletes, and plenty of plan to be again subsequent yr to compete once more.
Within the 2A division, Mason County’s observe groups dominated the area, and introduced with them a number of athletes to compete on the state competitors.
“I believed we carried out nice. We began the day with our women’ 4×8(00-meter relay) workforce crushing the college report by 20 seconds or one thing like that. It was a report they’d already set earlier this yr. And we simply form of constructed on that momentum.” stated Mason County’s head coach, Mark Kachler.
The women 4×800 meter relay workforce completed with a closing time of 9:51.79, coming in simply behind Bourbon County’s closing time of 9:45.20 to return in at third place.
Mason County had rivals rating excessive in nearly each occasion. The very best rating competitor for Mason County within the males’s division, was AJ Barrett within the boys pole vaulting competitors. Barrett got here in second place after clearing 13-06, with Bourbon County’s Tayvon Snowden clearing 14. The subsequent highest rating Royal within the males’s division was CJ Arthur within the boys 100 meter sprint. Arthur completed this competitors with a closing time of 11.17 seconds, to return in fifth place, simply behind Bourbon County’s JaQuez Cambell, who completed fourth with a time of 10.99.
“AJ, in fact, he was runner-up final yr. (He) had a shot on the championship; simply at this time wasn’t his day.” stated Kachler
One of the best general competitor for Mason County this go round was freshman Lexi Younger. Younger competed in 4 occasions, ending in third in each the women 100 meter sprint with a time of 12.47 seconds, and the women 200 meter sprint with a closing time of 25.48 seconds, and first in each the lengthy and excessive jumps.
“Two-time state champion at this time. State champion within the lengthy soar. State champion within the excessive soar. Then is available in third within the 100(-meter sprint) and the 200(-meter sprint). Simply an superior efficiency, particularly contemplating she’s a freshman.” stated Kachler.
Younger leapt 5.49 meters, 18.00.5 toes, practically a foot and a half additional than the runner up, Haley Zell from Highlands. Within the excessive soar, Younger rocketed 5.08 toes, for a closing peak of 1.72 meters. Younger led over the runner up on this competitors by 4 inches, Caroline Murphy from Glasgow, who completed with a closing peak of 1.62 meters.
“I’m actually pleased with my excessive soar, personally, as a result of it’s my favourite occasion, and my love for it’s infinite. I actually was simply feeling myself and I felt like my legs have been doing good till these larger heights when it will get a little bit more durable. However, I did ‘pr’. I used to be actually excited and pleased with myself and I simply can’t wait to return out right here subsequent yr.” stated Younger.
Mason County completed second general as a workforce within the women division, with 67 factors, trailing behind Lexington Catholic’s 83. Within the Males’s division, the Royals completed thirteenth, with 18 factors.