After a near 24-hour delay because of weather and another state meet taking place, area athletes were able to get back on at the University of Kentucky’s Outdoor Track and Field Facility for the KHSAA Class 2A state meet.
A handful of area competitors were able to take home medals with top eight finishes in their respective events.
The top finishers included a Mason County trio all taking home fourth-place medals. Dalton Kindt in the shot put, Marissa Scilley in the triple jump and Abi Dawson in the pole vault.
From there, Mason County’s Olivia O’Hearn and Lewis County’s Tay Offutt took home sixth-place medals in the pole vault and long jump, respectively, while Te’A King placed eighth in the 100-meter dash, earning a medal by .01 of a second.
Kindt netted a fourth-place finish in the shot put for the second consecutive year. His throw of 48-04.25 was nearly two feet off the top mark of Austin Campbell from Casey County, who took the title with a throw of 50-02.50. It was just Kindt’s second year of competing in the event that ended with two regional titles and two fourth-place finishes at state.
Kindt also finished eighth in the discus with a throw of 127-05, to put another medal around his neck. After graduating earlier in the day on Saturday, Kindt now has his sights set on Hobart College in New York to continue his football and academic career.
Dawson set a school record by clearing 9-06 in the pole vault, doing so on her second try.
The pole vault wasn’t the only school record she’d be a part of on the day as she was with the 4×400 relay team of her, O’Hearn, Hadley Faris and Rachel Payne that ran in a time of 4:16.66, clearing the mark they set in last week’s regional meet by over two seconds. The time earned them 12th place in the event.
O’Hearn cleared 8-06 on Friday in the pole vault on her first attempt, which was enough to land her a medal.
Offutt picked up participating the long jump recently and has thrived ever since, finishing third in region last week with a personal best jump of 21-03.5. He’d take that momentum and earn a sixth-place finish with a jump of 20-06.25 on Saturday.
King’s time of 12.94 in the 100 gave her a medal as she edged out Ashland’s Lillian Sebastian with a time of 12.95.
The Lady Royals scored 13.5 points in the meet, good for 15th place. Boyle County took the girls’ team title with a total of 84 points, beating out Mercer County by 10 points.
Kindt was the lone one to score team points for the Royals, earning them six points and a tie for 22nd. Offutt scored the Lions three points and put them in a tie for 32nd. Boyle County took home the boys’ team title with 110 points, dominating the field as Mercer County came in second with 65 points.
Other area competitors with top 15 finishes include Lewis County’s Leshia McNamara in the discus. McNamara finished 11th with a throw of 98-05. The Lady Lions senior finished her career with runner-up in the region three straight years.
Fleming County’s Robert Applegate placed 12th in the 1,600 with a time of 4:48.60. Applegate ran his last race with the Panthers as he was able to go out a regional champ last week.
Mason County’s Paige Decker has a bright future in the sport as the seventh grader finished 12th in the long jump with a jump of 15-06.75. She was also part of the 12th place 4×800 relay team that included Hayden and Hadley Faris along with another seventh grader in Alyssa Bisotti, putting in a time of 10:27.92. Three of the four will be back next year with Hadley Faris being the lone senior.
The other relay team for the Lady Royals, the 4×100 team placed 13th in a time of 52.59 that featured King, Scilley, Eboni Chambers and Kendra Shoemaker. Three of those four will be back as well with Scilley being the lone senior.
Mason County freshman Rachel Payne finished 14th in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.26. It was her first year running track and finished runner-up in the event at region along with being a part of the 4×400 school record-setting team.
Others just finishing outside the top 15 included Scilley in the long jump, placing 16th with a jump of 15-05, Fleming County’s Hayden Ramey in the 400, placing 16th in a time of 53.29, Mason County’s Isaiah Riggs in the 3,200, finishing 16th with a time of 10:50.92, Mason County’s Carson Adams placing 17th in the 800 with a time of 2:05.07 and Fleming County seventh grader Erin Peese placing 18th in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.37.
The Fleming County 4×100 relay team of Carley Dunaway, Grace Morris, Sarah Davenport and Gabby Cropper placed 22nd with a time of 57.79.
Fleming County’s Caleb Faris competed in the pole vault, but was unable to record a cleared height in the event, as was the case for Mason County’s Allen Powell and Sara Brewer in the boys’ and girls’ high jump.