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Records Fall in KHSAA 3A State Track Meet
May 30, 2012By Betty Coffman of VYPE MAGAZINE - Greater Louisville
The girls of Assumption set the tone in the first event of the KHSAA Class 3A State Track meet and never looked back.
The 4X800 relay team of Katherine Receveur, Melanie Strothman, Amanda Vokoun and Caroline McCaslin set a state record of 9:17.45, besting the existing record by more than three seconds.
It was the first of four wins for the Rockets, culminating in the team's first solo state track championship. They tied Paul Laurence Dunbar for the title in 2005.
The defending cross country champion Rockets’ strength was in the distance events. Bailey Davis won the 1600, Receveur won the 800, and Emily Bean the 3200 with Kenzley Defler in fourth.
Fifth-seeded St. Xavier followed with a state-record win of their own in the boys' 4X800 by team Zack Beavin, Thomas Cave, Vincent Stephen and Nick Reader. The second-place Butler team also broke the record.
A pair of Male sophomores won the 100 and 110 hurdles. Dominique Edmonds repeated her 2011 win in the 100-meter hurdles. Jordan Fields, surged ahead of top seeded Bryce Meers of North Hardin for the win in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles. Manual senior Joe Johnson, seeded 14th, surprised in third place.
In the girls’ 100-meter, North Hardin’s Tamara Jenkins just missed Tates Creek’s Natavia Barber for the win. Ballard’s duo of Kaysee O’Bannon and Cidnei Johnson were 3rd and 4th, with Waggener freshman Shannon Martin making her mark in 5th.
The boys’ 100-meter was the first dual between Ballard’s basketball guard Ronnie Baker and Trinity wide receiver James Quick. Baker-Quick repeated their 2011 finish with Baker on top in the 100 and Quick a close second. Eastern’s Greg Hayes surged out of 14th seed for third to Male’s Ronjae Morris’ (13th seed) fourth.
In the girls’ 400, Martin rose to the occasion taking second. Baker repeated as boys’ 400 champ, followed by Torian Vaughn of Male.
It was déjà vu again later in the boys’ 200, when Quick came out on top with a state record-setting 20.94 and Baker second.
Luke Weishaar of Oldham County was the boys’ 1600 champion, with Butler’s Patrick Gregory second. Trinity’s Eckert was third and St. X’s Reader fourth. Manual’s Will Short was 6th.
The 3200 title went home with Connor Sheryak of St. X, who was followed by Sam Meredith of Trinity and Kyle Covert of Eastern.
Tretez Kinnaird set a new state record of 1:49.96 in the boys’ 800.
In the girls’ 3200, Bean was followed by Cassidy Hale, and Kristen Hale of Manual and Oldham County’s Caroline Grogan was 7th.
In the girls’ relays, Male won the 4X200 (Jasmine Kraft, Edmonds, Mallory Dunn, Johnson) with Ballard third. North Hardin took home the 4X100 title (Raven Graves, Jenkins, Brianna Woodson, Jazmine Byrd).
In boys’ relays, Eastern took the 4X200 (Derayvon Thomas-Randle, Greg Hayes, Jaylen Johnson, Daryus Sanford), with North Hardin third, Trinity fourth and Male fifth. North Hardin was second in the 4X100 and Male third, followed by St. X, Eastern, Fern Creek and Central Hardin. Male capped the evening with the 4X400 win (Mikal Ballard, Morris, Taylor Fanagan, Vaughn).
In field events, North Hardin’s Chanel Roberts won the girls’ shot put, with Courtney McIntyre of Pleasure Ridge Park just off her mark in second. Alexandra Grant of Fern Creek won the girls’ discuss with a throw of 118-09. McIntyre was second. Male jumper Kenya Johnson won the girls’ triple jump.
Male’s Ronjae Morris was just three inches off Bryan Station winner Corey Williams’ long jump. Eastern’s Jocari Beattie and Brian Spaulding were third and fourth.
Jazmin Smith of Sacred Heart won the high jump. Eastern’s Alexys Nash was second. Beattie was seond in the boys’ high jump.
Following Assumption in girls’ team scoring was North Hardin, Manual and Male (tied for third).
Male entered the meet with five consecutive team wins under their belts. Bryan Station broke their streak with just a one-point team advantage. Male was second in team scoring, followed by Trinity, Eastern, and North Hardin.