Whether running 100 meters or 3,200, throwing a 16-pound ball or jumping into a pit of sand, track and field athletes across the area excelled in certain areas.
The two that stuck out most were distance runners. Bracken County’s Jared Jefferson posted a record-setting season that earned him a second-place finish in the state in the 3,200 meters. Peebles’ Jenny Seas came oh-so-close her freshman and sophomore year to claiming a state title in the 3,200 meters, finishing second and third. Seas wouldn’t be denied this year, claiming the state title in the 3,200.
With their two standout performances on the state’s biggest stage, the two earned boys’ and girls’ Athlete of the Year for The Ledger Independent All-Area Track and Field Team.
In the field events, the Mason County trio of Dalton Kindt in the shot put, Marissa Scilley in the triple jump and Abi Dawson in the pole vault all earned fourth-place finishes at the state meet and earned themselves a spot on the All-Area team. Peebles’ Matt Seas earned a fifth-place finish in the 3,200, Kindt also placed eighth in the discus at state.
Eastern Brown’s Madison Hopkins did it all for the Lady Warriors and earned her way on to the team with four top marks in four different events, an injury just days leading up to the state meet stopped her from excelling in Columbus. West Union’s Conner Campbell and Cole May, Peebles Lilly Gray, Kalub Smith and Matt and Jenny Seas, Eastern’s Troy Stamper and Mikayla Farris, Mason County’s Paige Decker, Abi Dawson and Dalton Kindt all earned numerous spots in the team in at least two events along with the Mason County girls 4×400 and 4×800 and Georgetown boys 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams earning multiple spots on the squad.
The rest of the All-Area team is listed below with their respective event and time to earn them the honor.
The All-Area softball team comes on Friday with the All-Area baseball team on Saturday, stay tuned…
Here’s the top two for each event with name, school and time listed, girls and boys with the top relay team listed as well:
(G) 100- Madison Hopkins (Eastern Brown) 12.63, Te’A King (Mason County) 12.94
(B) 100- Conner Campbell (West Union) 11.62, Cameron Ruckel (Lewis County) 11.84
(G) 100 hurdles- Cassidy Staggs (Eastern Brown) 16.46, Emma Brown (Eastern Brown) 16.68
(B) 110 hurdles- Cole May (West Union) 17.84, T.K. Whaley (Ripley) 18.58
(G) 200- Madison Hopkins (Eastern Brown) 26.43, Lilly Gray (Peebles) 28.31
(B) 200- Josiah Staggs (Ripley) 24.15, Conner Campbell (West Union) 24.27
(G) 300 hurdles- Rachel Payne (Mason County) 49.25, Kierra Stone (Peebles) 49.54
(B) 300 hurdles- Kalub Smith (Peebles) 44.12, Cole May (West Union) 44.39
(G) 400- Lilly Gray (Peebles) 1:00.93, Abi Dawson (Mason County) 1:04.27
(B) 400- Finn Tomlin (Georgetown) 52.93, Hayden Ramey (Fleming County) 53.19
(G) 800- Jenny Seas (Peebles) 2:23.60, Paige Decker (Mason County) 2:33.34
(B) 800- Tanner Ellis (Georgetown) 2:05.52, Carson Adams (Mason County) 2:09.54
(G) 1,600- Jenny Seas (Peebles) 5:24.11, Alyssa Bisotti (Mason County) 5:48.40
(B) 1,600- Matt Seas (Peebles) 4:34.80, Robert Applegate (Fleming County) 4:46.00
(G) 3,200- Jenny Seas (Peebles) 12:13.96, Elizabeth Lavinder (Mason County) 12:50.31
(B) 3,200- Matt Seas (Peebles) 9:33.42, Jared Jefferson (Bracken County) 9:44.94
(G) High Jump- Madison Hopkins (Eastern Brown) 4-10, Jessica Newkirk (Peebles) 4-08
(B) High Jump- Kalub Smith (Peebles) 5-08, A.J. McKenzie (Eastern Brown) 5-08, T.K. Whaley (Ripley) 5-08, Joshua Galley (G) 5-08
(G) Long Jump- Madison Hopkins (Eastern Brown) 16-10, Paige Decker (Mason County) 15-09.5
(B) Long Jump- Tay Offut (Lewis County) 21-09, Logan Doss (Georgetown) 20-09.5
(G) Triple Jump- Marissa Scilley (Mason County) 34-03, Iyanna Johns (Mason County) 30-08
(B) Triple Jump- Trey Deaton (Bracken County) 38-02.75
(G) Shot Put- Mikayla Farris (Eastern Brown) 31-05, Natalie Bell (Bracken County) 27-08.5
(B) Shot Put- Dalton Kindt (Mason County) 49-10, Troy Stamper (Eastern Brown) 41-05.5
(G) Discus- Mikayla Farris (Eastern Brown) 116-05, Leshia McNamara (Lewis County) 101-01
(B) Discus- Troy Stamper (Eastern Brown) 133-09, Dalton Kindt (Mason County) 127-09
(G) Pole Vault- Abi Dawson (Mason County) 9-06, Olivia O’Hearn (Mason County) 9-00
(B) Pole Vault- Caleb Faris (Fleming County) 9-00
(G) 4×100- West Union, 52.83, Anna Shupert, Shaina Trotter, Alexis Mason, Molly Fuller
(B) 4×100- Ripley, 48.54, Cary Wright, Chris Reuss, Clinton Bartley, Josiah Staggs
(G) 4×200- Peebles, 1:51.52, Jacey Justice, Alisan Behr, Lilly Gray, Kierra Stone
(B) 4×200- Georgetown, 1:38.53, Finn Tomlin, Emerson Cahall, Logan Doss, Riley Powell
(G) 4×400- Mason County, 4:16.66, Hadley Faris, Abi Dawson, Olivia O’Hearn, Rachel Payne
(B) 4×400- Georgetown 3:39.92, Emerson Cahall, Tanner Ellis, Finn Tomlin, Joshua Galley
(G) 4×800- Mason County 10:26.97, Hayden Faris, Hadley Faris, Alyssa Bisotti, Paige Decker
(B) 4×800- Georgetown 8:36.65, Emerson Cahall, Tanner Ellis, Joshua Galley, Finn Tomlin