Sisters battle it out in Class 2A state track meet

mmaloney@herald-leader.comMay 23, 2014 

  • State track meets Saturday

    At UK's Outdoor Track Complex

    Class A — 9 a.m.

    Class 3A — 4:30 p.m.

For Bridgette Mangold, the goal in Friday's KHSAA Track & Field Class 2A State Meet was simple:

Beat little sister Camille.

She not only did that, she beat everyone in the pole vault at the University of Kentucky's outdoor complex.

"I was hoping to pole vault before the 300-meter hurdles, but I actually had to do it after, which was like death because I was so tired," Bridgette Mangold said. "But it went well. What I was hoping for. Just wanted to beat my sister."

While Bridgette Mangold set a 2A meet record of 11-0, Camille Mangold took second at 10-6.

Lexington Catholic also had a champion on the boys' side as Will Sparks prevailed in the shot put.

Highlands won the boys' team championship with 56 points, while North Oldham and Paducah Tilghman tied for second with 51.

North Oldham captured the girls' team title with 901/2 points. Lexington Catholic topped Western Hills for second place, 63-59.

As for Bridgette Mangold, a Bellarmine University-bound senior, she was very busy.

In addition to winning the vault, she placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, setting personal bests in both running events. She finished by anchoring the Lady Knights' 4-by-400 relay to an 11th-place finish.

In the vault, she tried to raise her meet record to 11-91/4.

"My third jump, I was really close, but I hit it on my way down," said Mangold, whose personal best is 11-3. "I thought I would be state champion. But I wanted to get my name up there because my sister's younger (a sophomore), so she'll probably get her name up there after me. But I wanted to hold it for like a year before she gets it."

Sparks won the shot with a put of 48-01/2, giving Catholic its third straight title in the event. Now-graduated Andrew Vollet won the last two years.

"I knew I could get out there and potentially come in second or third," said Sparks, a junior. "But winning is actually a surprise. I'm grateful for it."

Sparks, the last thrower to go in the competition, put up his winning mark on his final try. He already had the title in hand with an effort of 47-10.

"It just gave me more confidence to go out and really give it my all on that last throw that I had," he said.

The Highlands boys won three events, starting with the 4-by-800 relay. Alex Veneman prevailed in the 200 meters (21.99), and Ethan Shuley took the 3,200 (9:30.18).

Other winners included Cameron Murphy of Western Hills in the 300-meter hurdles and Juirien Royal of Elizabethtown in the high jump.

Murphy said he felt fine after his hurdles win, timed in 38.50. When did he know he had the victory?

"I didn't know at first," he said. "But at the end I just did everything sloppy. I didn't even see hurdles. I didn't see anything. I guess I saw the finish line."

Royal cleared 6-8 in the high jump, then just missed at a record-attempt 6-11.

Although he cleared only 6-2 last year, he pronounced his jumping at 6-11 as "horrible."

"My first two, I didn't think I really did good. I think it was kind of lack of focus and pressure from being first in State, and everybody's got eyes on me," he said. "But I finally pulled myself through. 'All right, it's time to get my head together and let's just win this.'"

On his final try, he just ticked the bar with his foot.

Teammate James Washington successfully defended his title in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Warren Central swept the 4-by-100 and 4-by-2000 relays.

On the girls' side, North Oldham swept the 4-by-200 and 4-by-400, and Maggie Mollak was best in the shot put (37-5).

Top individual efforts were turned in by Collins freshman Gabriella Karas and Western Hills senior Anna Curlin.

Karas dominated the 800 (2:14.66), 1,600 (5:53.73) and 3,200 (10:42.05), setting 2A records in all three.

"My goal was to get the 2A record in whatever I could," Karas said. "I didn't really expect to get them in everything today, so I was pretty happy about that. I came in not being very sure about tripling. I did at regions; I think that was my first time."

Curlin scored a triple of her own, taking the 100 (12.38), 200 (25.15) and 400 (56.42), setting personal bests in all three.

While she was most pleased to defend her title in the 400, she shocked herself by winning the 100.

"We had a false start, which kind of shakes up some people," Curlin said. "But I think I powered through it just like I was supposed to do. It's really unexpected.

"I expected to do well, but I didn't expect first place."

Teammate Alaina Hall won the 300-meter hurdles in 45.65.

"I've been struggling for a couple of days with sinus problems and stuff, so I was a little iffy in the beginning," Hall said. "But I kept going and by the 200 mark ... 'I've got to go.' Then I just had a burst of energy and I went."

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