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Raceland girls, Rowan boys capture EKC titles

June 29, 2014
By Brad Laux of 1016sports

.Friday, Apr. 25 -- Fleming County’s Martina Lytle defended her title in the triple jump and also finished second in the 400-meter dash and fifth in the high jump to earn high-point honors with 28 points in helping to lead the host Lady Panthers to a runner-up finish on Friday night at the Eastern Kentucky Conference Track & Field Championships. Lytle’s teammate Olivia Leet won the 3200-meter run and finished third in the 1600-meter run, while Abby Fearin was the runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles.

The Lady Panthers did a lot of their damage in the relays, capturing the title in the 4x800-meter event, while taking second in the 4x200-meter race, and finished third in both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter competitions.

Raceland snapped a nine-year Fairview string of titles in the girls’ meet, scoring 136 points to edge the Lady Panthers (130 points). Lewis County finished 12th with seven points.

On the boys’ side, Lewis County’s Tanner Barton was a repeat winner in both of his marquee events, the 400m and 200-meter dashes. Fleming County’s Andy Conway won the pole vault, Wilder Williams captured the long jump and Henry Cho led the pack in the triple jump. Panther Andrew Sargent was second in both the discus and the shot put.

Rowan County captured the boys’ team title for the 14th time in the last 17 years with 130.50 points. East Carter was the runner-up with 115 points. Fleming County was third with 90 points, while Lewis County took seventh with 52 points.

Elliott County’s Chris Leadford was the boys’ high-point winner after scoring 27 points.

Raceland snapped Fairview’s nine-year stranglehold on the girls’ title at the EKC girls’ Track and Field Championships on Friday night in Flemingsburg, while Rowan County continued its tradition of success on the boys’ side by winning for the 14th time in the last 17 years.

Fleming County (130 points) was six points behind the Lady Rams (136) in the girls’ standings, followed by Rowan County (82.50), Nicholas County (75), Fairview (70), Bath County (58), East Carter (39.50), Morgan County (36), Russell (34), West Carter (11), Elliott County (10) and Lewis County (seven).

East Carter (115 points) was second to Rowan County (130.50) in the boys’ standings, followed by Fleming County (90), West Carter (84.50), Russell (83), Elliott (56), Lewis County (52), Bath County (42), Nicholas County (31), Fairview (14) and Morgan County (zero).

Elliott County’s Chris Leadford captured the boys’ high-point award after scoring 27 points, despite not winning a single event. He was second in the 110-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash, third in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 200-meter dash. Fleming County’s Martina Lytle earned the girls’ high-point award after she racked up 28 points courtesy of a repeat title in triple jump, while also finishing second in the 400-meter dash and fifth in the high jump. She tied for third on last spring’s high-point list.

Seven individuals repeated their titles from 2013 (including Lytle in the triple jump, Lewis County’s Tanner Barton in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, Rowan County’s Isaac Lee in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, Rowan County’s Shelley Deharte in the 1600-meter run, and Rowan County’s Nathan Hanshaw in the discus), while Fairview and Rowan County defended their relay crowns, respectively, in the girls’ and boys’ 4x400-meter events.

Ten individuals won multiple events, including Barton, Lee (who also ran a leg of the winning 4x400m relay); Fairview’s Katie Richard (100m hurdles, long jump and 4x400m relay) and Morgan McIntyre (pole vault and 4x400m relay); West Carter’s Braden Brown (100m, 4x200m relay and 4x100m relay), plus Ethan Brown, Shelton Kouns and Ralph Wages (4x100m and 4x200m relays); and Rowan County’s Samantha Patrick and Erica Steele (4x100m and 4x200m relays).

To come

Pre-game notes:   Friday night: The Eastern Kentucky Conference Track & Field Championships at Fleming County. Scheduled start at 5:30 p.m. Defending champions are Fairview's girls and Rowan County's boys. The Lady Eagles are the nine-time defending team champs. Last year's Vikings' title was their 13th in the last 16 years. Eleven teams are expected to participate on Friday. Defending individual event champions that could compete: Fairview's Morgan McIntyre (200m), Fairview's Maddy Rymer (800m), Fairview's Haley Layne (1600m), Fleming County's Martina Lytle (triple jump), Lewis County's Tanner Barton (200m & 400m), Rowan County's Shelley Deharte (1600m & 3200m), Rowan County's Isaac Lee (110m hurdles & 300m hurdles), Rowan County's Laney Stone (high jump) and Rowan County's Nathan Hanshaw (discus). Lee won four total events in 2013, including running legs of the 4x100m and 4x200m relays, and was the meet's boys' high-point award winner. East Carter's Shayla Henderson won the girls' high point award in 2013, but has since graduated. Her Lady Raider teammate Macy Dyer as well as Lytle each tied for third last year and are likely to compete on Friday. 2013 = Paige McKnight 4W – 3 ind. events, Isaac Lee 4W – 2 ind. events. 2013 individual winners returning: Morgan McIntyre 200m, Maddy Rymer 800m, Haley Layne 1600m, Martina Lytle tj, Tanner Barton 200m/400m, Shelley Deharte 1600m/3200m, Isaac Lee 110mH/300mH & 2 relays, Laney Stone hj, Nathan Hanshaw discus. Girls 11 teams (Fairview 148, East 87, Fleming 82, Russell 75, Rowan 48, Nicholas 30, West 20, Morgan 19, Bath 10, Elliott 5, Lewis 0). Boys 11 teams (Rowan 182, Russell 70, East 63, Lewis 43, Nicholas 34, West/Morgan/Bath 32, Fairview 23, Fleming 13, Elliott 3. All-pts: Shayla Henderson 36 (top returner T3rd Macy Dyer & Martina Lytle). Issac Lee 25 – returning, Tanner Barton 3rd 22.5, Shelley Deharte 4th 21.5.

See videos: Fairview sophomore hurdler and relay runner Katie Richard, East Carter senior jumper and relay runner Kerrick Burchett, Rowan County boys' coach Steve Cyrus, Raceland girls' coach Ray Kilgore.

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