Class 3A track: North Hardin sweep both boys’ and girls’ team titles

mmaloney@herald-leader.comMay 18, 2013 

LOUISVILLE — There would be no repeat for Bryan Station's boys as champions of the Class 3A State Track and Field Meet.

It wasn't for lack of effort on the part of Corey Williams, though, who won two events and placed second in another Saturday at the University of Louisville's Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.

Williams, a University of Kentucky-bound senior, swept the long and triple jumps and took second in the high jump.

North Hardin's boys and girls captured the team titles.

The Trojan boys totaled 94½ points to St. Xavier's 64. Bryan Station, which won by one point last year, finished third with 60.

North Hardin's girls scored 91 points, followed by Manual with 59. Bryan Station was the top Lexington team, fifth with 37.

Williams rules jumps

Williams opened his day with a 46-½ triple-jump victory, then placed second to Eastern's Jocari Beattie in the high jump, 6-6 to 6-8.

Then came his long, long jump of 23-8¾, just 3¼ inches off the meet record.

"I feel great," Williams said. "This is my senior year, it's my last jumping. I had to go out with a bang.

"We put up a really good (team) battle. We weren't the favorite to win, but as long as we do our best. ..."

North Hardin piled up 40 points with wins in the 4-by-100, 4-by-200 and 4-by-400 relays, plus Dante Johnson's first-place showing in the 300-meter hurdles.

The sprints were smoking hot.

William Bush of Ballard won the 100 in the state's fastest time of the year, 10.70. James Quick, Mr. Football from Trinity, was runner-up in 10.86. Then came Henry Clay's DeQuan Robinson, who ran in the second heat rather than the (faster-seeded) third heat, and Dunbar's E.J. Floreal.

Quick turned the tables on Bush in the 200, 21.17 to 21.28, for his fourth straight half-lap title.

"When I came out of the curve, (I ran) pretty much like I should have, but not how I wanted to," said Quick, who will run and play football for U of L next season. "I didn't really finish how I wanted to, but a win's a win."

After Bush came Floreal, 400-meter champion Torian Vaughn of Male and Henry Clay's Robinson.

"I heard 'em breathing. Absolutely," Quick said of being pushed to the finish line.

Robinson also helped Henry Clay to a second-place finish in the 4-by-200 relay, behind North Hardin.

Lafayette had a pair of runner-ups — John Spencer, trailing only Patrick Gregory of Butler in the 1,600, and Landon Young in the discus.

Apollo's Hunter Bivin won the latter event, as well as the shot put.

Pulaski County's Jimmy Goldson used a strong kick to prevail in the 800 (1:55.14).

Shades of Gray

North Hardin's Kianna Gray took the 100 (12.20), 200 (25.16) and 100-meter hurdles (14.83). Gray also placed third in the 400.

The Trojans also got a first-place finish in the shot put by Chanel Roberts, who added a third in the high jump.

Bryan Station won the 4-by-200 relay in 1:41.53 and ran second to North Hardin in the 4-by-100.

"I didn't think that we would make it because North Hardin — they always win," said Shania Lyvers, the Defenders' 4-by-200 anchor. "I'm just glad that we all put in the hard work and came in first."

Talor Wilkerson led off, followed by Dakesha Stewart, Labi Frazier and Lyvers.

"The handoffs, and we switched our order," Frazier said of the key to victory. "I went third instead of fourth. That really helped our order because I really wanted to have more competition in the third leg."

Frazier, the defending champion in the 400, took second in that event. It took an all-class meet record to beat her, though, as Eastern's Taylor Bradley clocked 55.36 to Frazier's 56.15.

"I wanted to win. That was the time I wanted to get ... I'm proud of it for getting it," said Frazier, who will run for U of L next year. "She wanted it real, real bad and I applaud her for that. Because I ran hard, too."

Bradley knocked a tenth of a second off the record set by Fort Campbell's Shakera Weston in 1995.

Dunbar's Kierra Muhammad captured the triple jump at 36-11½ .

Scott County's Abby Harris and Maggie Murdock went 1-2 in the pole vault. Both cleared 11-0, with Harris getting the title on fewer misses.

"I felt like I did well, but I could have done much better. I almost had 11-6, but I didn't throw my pole back," Harris said. "It feels amazing. I have worked so hard. I drove up to (train at) Louisville twice a week since January."

Sacred Heart's Maggie Allen was a double winner in the 800 (2:17.67) and 1,600 (5:04.38).

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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