LEXINGTON – The high school spring sports season continues to get wrecked by weather.
This time Mother Nature used its wrath on the Class 2A state track and field meet at the University of Kentucky’s Outdoor Track and Field Facility Friday.
Only a couple of events were able to be finished to completion before thunder and lightning hit at 5:27 p.m., putting a halt to the action for good for the evening. After a storm that sent out a flash flood warning, warm-up restart was then set for 7:05-7:15, but more thunder and lightning in the area started another delay at 7:15. At 7:54, KHSAA officials decided to call it a night with inclement weather forecasted to stretch past midnight, postponing the rest of the meet until 4 p.m. on Saturday.
“I’ve coached for 18-19 years and this has never happened,” Mason County coach Mark Kachler said. “No official I’ve talked to who have been doing this a lot longer have never seen this. In the past it’s just been rain and able to keep going or have a brief delay.”
In the first running event of the day, the Mason County girls 4×800 relay team of Paige Decker, Hayden Faris, Alyssa Bisotti and Hadley Faris finished in 12th in the race with a time of 10:27.72. The Lady Royals team was seeded ninth entering the meet, dropping three spots in the final results.
“They ran about same time what they ran at region,” Kachler said.
Following them was Fleming County seventh grader Erin Peese exceeding her seeding heading into the meet and finished 18th in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 18.37. She entered as the 23-seed heading into the meet.
Mason County’s Dalton Kindt entered the shot put event as the No. 1 seed and after three preliminary throws advanced to the finals with a throw of 48-01, putting him in the top five. He’ll resume his quest for a state title Saturday, just hours as he and other senior members on the team are set to graduate at 10 a.m. earlier in the day.
“This is all going to be on the fly, I may get texts from kids saying I can’t come or not coming,” Kachler said. “The fortunate thing is we’re only an hour and a half away. I feel for the people from Paducah or other parts of the state that are over four hours away. We can turn around and come right back.”
The meet will resume with the girls’ 100 meter dash in the track events, with girls’ discus including Lewis County’s Leshia McNamara along with the shot put resuming in the field events. Pole vault and long jump will also take place in the field events. Mason County’s Abi Dawson and Olivia O’Hearn were able to clear 8-06 in the first vaults, leading the field as no one else was able to do so in their first try. There were still a handful of competitors left to go, but the two have already at least guaranteed themselves a top eight and medal finish.
“It was good they were able to get those in, but it will be tough tomorrow as they’ll have to start right at nine-feet,” Kachler said.
Saturday will be mayhem with the Class 3A meet slated to start at 10 a.m. and finish up by 3 p.m. The 2A meet would then follow an hour later.
“There’s so many variables and twists and turns now,” Kachler said. “All the planning leading in to the meet has now been altered. I could see the whole day being a repeat.”
More rain is in the forecast for Saturday, with a chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the day ranging from a 50 to 70 percent chance of doing so, up until around 9 p.m.
Those who attended Friday’s meet, will be allowed to re-enter free of charge with proof of their ticket stub.