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Mason sweeps boys', girls' Area 7 titles

June 29, 2014
By Brad Laux of 1016sports

Saturday, May 3 -- Mason County’s boys and girls each captured titles at Saturday’s 17-team Area 7 Track & Field Championships in Maysville. It was the third straight title for the Lady Royals, while the Royals ended Rowan County’s four-year string of crowns.

Mason County’s boys tallied 117.50 points to easily surpass Rowan County’s 85. Boyd County was third with 79.50 points, followed by Ashland with 76.50 points. Lewis County was seventh with 43 points, while Fleming County was 11th with 24 points and Bracken County 14th with 15 points.

Mason County’s 126 points bettered Boyd County’s 107 in the girls’ standings, followed by Raceland in third with 85 points and Fleming County and Fairview tying for fourth with 79.50 points. Bracken County finished 14th with nine points, while Lewis County did not score.

Raceland’s Connor Messer won the boys’ individual point award, capped off by clearing 15 feet in the pole vault, the second-best mark in the state (among all classes) this year, and five feet above the meet-s second-place finisher. Fairview’s Katie Richard was the girls’ high-point winner.

Local individual girls’ champions included: Mason County’s Samantha Jones in the 100-meter dash; the girls’ 4x200-meter relay team of Sara Redmond, Morgan Sargent, Rebecca Wood and Jones; and the 4x100-meter relay quartet of Alivia Bierley, Sargent, Brittany Hardin and Wood; and Marissa Scilley in the long jump; and Fleming County’s Olivia Leet in the 3200-meter run.

On the boys’ side, Mason County’s 4x200m foursome of Jaylin Jones, Jericho Hill, Andrew Kouns and Shawn Johnson crossed the finish line first, as did Nick Robinson in the 1600-meter run and Jay Stanley in the discus. Despite a new combination of runners, the Royal 4x400m relay team of Kouns, Johnson, Hill and Carson Fearis won its race by nearly 10 seconds.

Lewis County’s Tanner Barton continued his dominance with a win in the 400-meter dash. However, Barton took second in the 200-meter race to Ashland’s Quinton Baker by eight one-hundredths of a second.

The regional meets will be held next weekend with the Class AA schools back in Maysville and the local Class A teams in Danville.

To come

Pre-game notes:  Area 7 Track and Field Championships at Mason County beginning at 10 a.m., followed by softball games at the Swing for the Cure Classic at Pendleton County also with a 10 a.m. start. Rowan County is the defending boys’ champion and Mason County the reigning girls’ title holder at the Area 7 Meet, which will be just the second high school event ever held at Mason County. Raceland’s Connor Messer is the defending boys’ all-point champion, while his schoolmate Makenzi Speaks is the top returning scorer from last year’s competiton, where she finished second in the all-point standings.

See videos: Raceland junior jumper/hurlder/vaulter Connor Messer, Raceland senior jumper and hurdler Makenzi Speaks, Mason County boys' and girls' coach Mark Kachler.

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