It comes and goes fast like the 55-meter dash, but the indoor track season hits its final meet on Saturday at the Carmuese-Mason County Schools Indoor Athletic Facility.
Coverage area schools Mason County (AA), Bracken County (A) and Fleming County (AA) will have participants in the state meet. The Class A meet is set for 9 a.m., while the AA and AAA meets begin at 3 p.m.
The Royals have a state title hopeful in Dalton Kindt in the shot put, looking to retain his title from last season while the Lady Royals have a couple hopefuls to earn top marks with Marissa Scilley in the triple jump and Abi Dawson in the pole vault, among others.
Kindt is the top overall seed in the shot put and owns the longest throw in the facility. In his second year throwing, Kindt has sharpened up his technique to make him even more of a force.
“He’s the odds on favorite to win the event and he’s very much improved over what he was,” Royals coach Mark Kachler said.
His teammate Seth Chambers shouldn’t be too far behind in the shot put, entering as the fifth seed.
Distance runners Connor Linville and Isaiah Riggs figure to be in the mix for podium finishes as both are in the top 10 in the 1,600 and Linville third in the 3,000 with Riggs right behind in fourth.
Fleming County’s Robert Applegate owns the No. 1 overall seed in the 3,000 and the third seed in the 1,600.
For the Lady Royals, they’ll be looking for another top three finish in the state, something they’ve done the past three years with runner-up finishes. They’ll be chasing Rockcastle County once again, who features Victoria Dotson, entering as the No. 1 seed in the 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,000.
“We should be in the top three unless we have a bad day,” Kachler said. “We have the ability to be runners up again. Rockcastle County will be the odds on favorite once again. If we run and perform the way we should, we’ll be up there.”
Marissa Scilley enters as the top seed in the triple jump, a week removed from setting the school record in the event. Scilley will also look for a podium finish in the long jump, entering as the three seed. Abi Dawson is the one seed in the pole vault, setting the school record a couple weeks back in a meet as teammate Olivia O’Hearn isn’t too far behind, entering as the three seed. Dawson is also in the 400, entering as the fourth seed.
Hadley Faris and Paige Decker are the three and four seeds in the 800.
For the long distance runners, Alyssa Bisotti enters as the two seed in the 1,600 and three seed in the 3,000. Teammate Hayden Faris is the fifth seed in the 3,000.
Elise McCabe is the four seed in the shot put in her first year throwing.
The Lady Royals relay teams in the 4×400 and 4×800 are expected to do well, entering as the No. 1 seed in both events.
In the Class A meet, the Bracken County distance runners are expected to have strong finishes per usual.
Bracken County’s Jared Jefferson and Brandon Cox rank as the third and fourth seed in the 3,000, respectively.
Kaleb Darnell is the third seed in the triple jump while teammate Trey Deaton is the fourth seed in the long jump.
The Polar Bears 4×800 team enters as the fourth seed.
A total of 63 schools are expected to participate among the middle school ranks to Class AAA. Kachler said it’s pretty equally dispersed, with 15-18 teams from each division. They’re expecting schools from as far west as Fulton County to as far east as Harlan with the majority of the other ones coming from Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky.
“With it being such a diverse group, it’s hard to get a handle on who would be favored,” Kachler added.