RUSSELL – Mason County’s Te’A King, Dalton Kindt and Marissa Scilley, along with Bracken County’s Jared Jefferson each claimed individual titles at Friday’s Area 7 Track & Field Championships.
Coach Mark Kachler’s Lady Royals also earned runner-up honors in the team standings.
“I thought all our athletes performed very well tonight,” he said. “Congratulations to Ashland’s girls team on the victory. They were the better squad tonight but I was very proud of our girls wanting to come back out after a bitter cold rain and a 30-minute rain delay and compete to very end.”
The meet’s finish was delayed by a pair of weather issues, which stretched the completion of the final events until after midnight.
“The easy thing would have been to go home. You’re one and a half hours from home, soaking wet at 10 p.m. and you are hungry (but) I let them make the decision on whether to wait it out or not,” Kachler added. “We fell a little short but we went down competing to the very end.”
The Lady Royals scored in 16 of the 18 events. King, a junior, won the 100-meter dash in 13.01 by 15-hundredths of a second over Ashland’s Mykasa Robinson, who has signed with Louisville’s women’s basketball team. King also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash in 28.63.
Scilley, a senior, won the triple jump by more than two feet with a mark of 32’03.50”. She also finished third in the long jump at 15’01” and fifth in the high jump at 4’04”.
Mason County’s girls also won a pair of relays, the 4×400-meter and 4×800-meter events.
The quartet of Paige Decker, Hayden Faris, Alyssa Bisotti and Hadley Faris opened the meet by claiming the longer race in 10:38.23. The foursome of Abi Dawson, Decker, Hadley Faris and Olivia O’Hearn capped off the meet by winning the 4x400m race in 4:22.11. The Lady Royals also were second in both the 4×100-meter (53.92) and 4×200-meter relays (1:55.89).
Individually, Decker also placed second in the 800-meter run (2:32.43) with Hadley Faris in fourth (2:35.73), Dawson fourth in the 400-meter run (1:04.26), Bisotti second in the 3200-meter run (12:26.10) and fifth in the 1600-meter run (5:48.40), Elizabeth Lavender fourth in the 3200m (12:38.53), Rachel Payne third in both the 100-meter (18.47) and 300-meter (50.26) hurdles, Sara Brewer third (4’06”) in the high jump, Dawson second (8’06”) and O’Hearn third (8’06”) in the pole vault, Decker (15’03”) second in the long jump and Iyanna Johns fifth in the triple jump (29’00”).
Fleming County seventh-grader Erin Peese led the Lady Panthers by finishing in fourth in the 100m hurdles in 18.77 and sixth in the 300m hurdles in 54.54.
Lewis County claimed a pair of top-six finishes in the discus. Senior Leshia McNamara was third with a toss of 100’10” and junior Kelly McNamara sixth at 83’00”.
The Lady Lion 4x200m relay team also placed fifth in a time of 2:01.42.
Ashland captured the girls’ team title with 169 points. Mason County was next with 157, followed by Rowan County (66.50), Raceland (44.50) and Boyd County (41.50) to round out the top five. The annual multi-team meet also included Lewis County (12th), Fleming County (13th) and Bracken County (tied 16th).
Jefferson paced the area boys in the distance events. He won the 3200m in 10:11.34 and joined with Daniel Simons, Brandon Cox and Collin Jefferson to capture the title in the 4x800m relay in 8:50.20. Cox also finished second to Jefferson in the 3200m in 10:16.07.
“I was really pleased with the overall competition level that was showcased. We had an opportunity to face teams we normally don’t see which brought out some decent performances for my group,” said Bracken County coach Forrest Hunt.
Ashland won the boys’ team title with 126 points. Boyd County was second at 101, followed by host Russell at 83.50, Raceland at 73, Morgan County at 51, Mason County at 40.50 and Bracken County at 35. Fleming County tied for 12th with Lewis County finishing in 14th.
Kindt, a senior, won the discus at 108’07”. He tied Russell’s Will Gunning, but his second throw put Kindt on top. Mason County’s Lang Touchton was third at 90’07”. Kindt also finished second in the shot put at 49’01”.
Among the other top-finishing boys were Fleming County’s Robert Applegate second in the 1600-meter run in 4:44.55, Lewis County’s Tay Offutt third in the long jump (19’02.50”) and fifth in the 200-meter dash (24.95), Fleming County’s Hayden Ramey fifth in the 400m (53.93), Mason County’s Carson Adams fourth in the 800m (2:10.71), and Mason’s Isaiah Riggs fifth in the 3200m (10:47.70).
The Royal boys’ 4x800m relay team was fourth in 9:13.10, with the 4x400m quartet fifth in 3:03.40.
All of the squads will participate in their respective region championships next weekend.