FLEMINGSBURG – In a spring full of rain outs, Tuesday was finally a beautiful 79 degrees and sunny in Flemingsburg.
It gave several area teams a chance to take part in the Buffalo Trace Conference track and field meet, where some athletes were able to work on setting personal bests, while others were able to take a shot at new events.
“It went good and smooth. It went a lot smoother than I thought it was going to. We got this meet about a week ago and were kind of throwing it together,” said Fleming County coach Paul King. “We had a whole lot of parent support and a whole lot of athlete support. We came out and we got the track equipped and into shape and it came off pretty well without a hitch.”
The Panthers have two seniors on their team – Robert Applegate and Nick Clark – but only Applegate was there, as Clark had a baseball game. After being honored before the start of the meet, Applegate went on to claim first in the 800-meter run and second in the 1,600-meter run.
“He came up with a good time in the 800,” said King. “I’m trying to get him to pace his mile. He knew he wasn’t going to beat Peanut [Jared Jefferson], but he was going to try to pace him and stay with him and did a lot better job tonight pacing him and staying with him and really got Peanut looking for him instead of him looking for Peanut.”
Also helping the Fleming County boys’ team with first place finishes were Hayden Ramey, who finished first in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, and Logan Moran, who came in first in the 300-meter hurdles.
The Panthers’ finished second on the boys’ side with 102.5 points, while Bracken County finished first with 148 points.
Jefferson finished ahead of Applegate in the 1,600, anchored the Polar Bears’ 4×800-meter relay team to first to kick off the meet and crossed the finish line with teammate Brandon Cox at the front of the pack in the 3,200-meter run.
“Especially with my distance guys, they were told they could key on one event that I wanted a full effort on, then the other events were supposed to be at about 85 or 90 percent, just getting a little bit of work in before getting into regional and state season,” said Bracken County coach Forrest Hunt.
Trey Deaton, who came up hobbling after finishing second in the 100, was the lone competitor in the triple jump. Payton Tully came away with Bracken County’s other first place finish, coming in the 110-meter hurdles by besting Fleming County’s Logan Moran.
Mason County entered the meet looking to have a little fun before getting ready for the region meet on May 12. There only other meet before then is the Area 7 Meet at Russell on Friday.
“There were some parameters they had to stick in, but overall it was just a relaxing, fun night, a great weather night and we’ll get them home quick,” said Mason County coach Mark Kachler. “We’ve got a really big meet Friday that everybody’s looking forward to, so we didn’t want to lose our legs tonight for that.”
The Royals finished fourth with 67 points, led by Dalton Kindt’s first in the shot put and the discus. Mason County’s other first place finish came in the 4×200-meter relay.
Finishing third on the boys’ side was Lewis County with 87 points, highlighted by first from Tay Offutt in the long jump.
Augusta finished fifth with 30.5 points. The best finish of the day came from Stephen Cordle, who placed second in the shot put at 35-06.75. Jushod Commodore was able to finish fourth in the 100 and in a tie for fourth in the 200, while seventh grader Conner Snapp was able to pick up a personal best in the 1,600.
“Stephen now has a better understanding of what it takes,” said Augusta coach Tim Literal. “Jushod, just being a seventh grader – he did run track last year at Mason County as a sixth grader – but it’s still his first year of varsity and the atmosphere, the environment of running varsity is a new experience.”
Mason County dominated the girls’ meet with 251 of the 506 available points.
The Lady Royals got first place finishes from Tea King in the 100, Hadley Faris in the 800, Paige Decker in the 1,600, Rachel Payne in the 100-meter hurdles, Marissa Scilley in the high jump, long jump and triple jump and Layla Henderson in the pole vault. The 4×200-meter relay team and the 4×100-meter relay team also placed first.
A key for the Lady Royals on Tuesday, as well as moving forward into the region and state meet, is being able to double up on points in each event.
“That’s what we hope, that our depth will prevail because we are pretty deep,” said Kachler. “That’s kind of been our M.O. for years, that we have a lot of depth, we try to double-point you in as many things as we possibly can and we’ll just have to see. Saturday’s going to give us a lot clearer picture because there’s eight other teams in the region besides us. To this point, we’ve only ran against three of those teams, so Friday night we should run against all of them.”
Fleming County finished behind Mason County with 117 points, highlighted by Madison Sparks’ first in the shot put and Erin Peese’s first in the 300-meter hurdles. The Lady Panthers’ 4×800-meter relay team also placed first.
“We got times on everybody tonight. We’re going to work on handoffs next week, but I think the girls have a shot at going to state in a couple of events,” said King. “We had a few PRs tonight. Madison Sparks PR’d in shot. Everybody is starting to come on right now, which is kind of the way we want it. I don’t want them to come on two weeks before region, I want them to come on at region.”
Lewis County placed third with an even 100 points. They got top finishes from Leshia McNamara in the discus and Madison Welch in the 3,200.
Coming in fourth was Bracken County with 31 points. The Lady Bears got first from Karis Applegate in the 200, and are hoping to get a strong performance out of Natalie Bell in the shot put in the upcoming meets. Bell was unable to be at Fleming County for the Buffalo Trace Conference meet Tuesday because she had a softball game.
Augusta placed fifth on the girls’ side with seven points. Madison Kelsch finished fifth in the long jump, Violet Hiles finished ninth in the 400, Madilynn Whiteman and Kelsch finished ninth and 13th in the 200 and Whiteman finished 22nd in the 100.
Fleming County, Mason County and Lewis County will take part in the Class 2A, Region 6 meet at Mason County on May 12, while Bracken County and Augusta will head to Danville for the Class A, Region 5 meet the same day.