Mason County coach Mark Kachler has been around track and field for a long time.
But that doesn’t mean he’s seen everything the sport has to offer yet.
On Saturday it was another first for Kachler, as his Lady Royals finished in a tie for first with Beechwood at the Mason County Royal Rumble Invitational.
“I guess after 18 years you would have seen everything but I don’t ever recall ending a track meet in a tie for first place but that is what the girls team did,” said Kachler in an email to local media members.
Mason County and Beechwood each finished with 133 points at the meet, with Simon Kenton finishing in third with 83 points, Rowan County in fourth with 63 points and Morgan County rounding out the top five with 59 points.
The 4×200-meter relay team of Rachel Payne, Tea King, Iyanna Johns and Olivia O’Hearn claimed first place, as did the 4×100-meter relay team of Johns, King, Kendra Shoemaker and Marissa Scilley. The Lady Royals’ 4×800-meter and 4×400-meter relay teams both finished second in their respective races.
King also got first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.98 and third in the 200-meter dash at 28.63.
Scilley claimed first in the triple jump at 32-09.5 and added eight points with a second place finish in the long jump.
Johns added five more of Mason County’s points by finishing sixth in the triple jump and seventh in the 100.
Coming in one spot behind Scilley in the long jump was Paige Decker. The seventh grader also put five more points up for the Lady Royals by finishing fourth in the 800-meter run, one spot behind Hadley Faris.
Payne gave Mason County a third place finish in the 400-meter run to go along with helping the 4×200 relay team and added three more points by finishing sixth in the 200. In the 400, O’Hearn came in fifth. The junior also placed second in the pole vault. Following O’Hearn in the pole vault was Abigail Dawson.
Elizabeth Lavinder and Hayden Faris placed fifth and sixth, respectively in the 3,200-meter run. The two finished fifth and sixth in the 1,600-meter run, with Faris finishing before Lavinder.
The Fleming County girls finished 10th with 20 points, the Bracken County girls finished 11th with 18 points and the Lewis County girls finished 12th with nine points.
The Lady Panthers 4×800 relay team of Reanna Hester, Erin Peese, Sheridan Dales and Chilli Murray placed fourth and the 4×100 relay team of Carley Dunaway, Grace Morris, Sarah Davenport and Gabby Cropper finished fourth. The 4×400 team added eighth and the 4×100 team came in 10th. Madison Sparks added three points by finishing sixth in the shot put, while Sydney Dales added a seventh place finish in the 100-meter hurdles and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles.
Natalie Bell came away with the Lady Bears’ best individual finish in an event, placing second in the shot put with a throw of 27-00.5. Karis Applegate picked up six of Bracken County’s points by finishing third in the 100-meter dash and added four points by finishing fifth in the 200.
Kelly McNamara gave the Lady Lions five points by finishing sixth in the discus and seventh in the shot put, while the 4×200 relay team of Tierra Tully, Maylee Yates, Emily Short and Kylie Weitz placed eighth and the same four placed ninth in the 4×100 for another point.
Bracken County finished third on the boys’ side at the Mason County Royal Rumble Invitational with 69 points, while Fleming County finished fifth, Mason County finished seventh, Lewis County finished 11th and Augusta finished 14th.
The Polar Bears didn’t have any individual champions, but had several score points in several events. In the 1,600-meter run, they got eight points from Jared Jefferson and four from Brandon Cox, finishing second and fifth, respectively. Jefferson finished second again in the 3,200-meter run, with Cox finishing right behind his teammate in the event for another 14 points.
Payton Tully tallied 10 more points by finishing second in the 110-meter hurdles and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles. Trey Deaton placed second in the latter, while adding sixth in the long jump and third in the triple jump. The senior also was part of the 4×400-meter relay team with Daniel Simons, Collin Jefferson and Kaleb Darnell that finished fourth.
Darnell finished ahead of Deaton with third in the long jump at 18-08.25 and right behind his teammate with fourth in the triple jump.
Fleming County came away with 59 points at the meet, led by sophomore Hayden Ramey.
Ramey placed first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.97. He added second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.93 and fourth in the 400 at 56.45.
Kaleb Flanery posted five points by finishing fourth in the 110-meter hurdles, three points in the high jump by finishing sixth and five points in the long jump by finishing fourth. Finishing behind Flanery in the hurdles was junior teammate Logan Moran.
Robert Applegate added 11 points for the Panthers by placing third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200.
Caleb Faris scored eight points by finishing second in the pole vault at 7-06
Dalton Kindt led the Royals with 20 points, posting first place finishes in both the discus and the shot put. Seth Chambers finished right behind Kindt in the shot put, adding another eight points. Lang Touchton gave Mason County a point in the discus by finishing eighth.
The Royals got 4.5 points from Allen Powell in the high jump by finishing tied for fourth with Simon Kenton’s Elijah Brient at 5-06. The sophomore added a fifth place finish in the 200-meter dash.
Mason County picked up two points in the 400, 800 and 3,200. Zach Walters placed eighth in the 400, Carson Adams placed seventh in the 800 and Isaiah Riggs placed seventh in the 3,200.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Nicholas Drury, Walters, Riggs and Adams added five points by finishing fourth.
Cameron Ruckel led the Lions, who finished with 25 points as a team, by placing third in the 400 and fourth in the 200. Immanuel Manning added a point for Lewis County in the 400 as well.
Tay Offut finished seventh in the 100 and second in the 200. Logan Liles came away with a point in the 800 by finishing eighth, while the 4×800 relay team of Josiah Harmon, Kirk Rodman, Hunter Gerike and Ethan Johnson placed seventh.
Augusta finished with eight points, behind a third place finish in the shot put from Stephen Cordle at 36-10. Jushod Commodore picked up the other two points for the Panthers by placing seventh in the 200.
Simon Kenton was the boys’ champion with 132.5 points. Beechwood finished second with 71.5 points and Bourbon County placed fourth.