With the team title coming down to the final event of Saturday's KHSAA Class 3A State Track and Field Meet, the Bryan Station girls passed the baton with flying colors.
The Lady Defenders won the race — the 4-by-400 relay — and the team championship at the University of Kentucky.
"A huge P.R. (personal record)," Coach Kathy Broadnax said. "Those girls ran six seconds faster than they've ever run before."
Bryan Station, which trailed North Hardin 64-60 going into the relay, were timed in 3:56.24 and won by a 70-64 margin. Central took third with 55, followed by Sacred Heart with 44.
North Hardin won the boys' title with 77 points. Trinity took second with 671/2, just ahead of archrival St. Xavier's 65. Then came three Lexington schools: Henry Clay with 561/2, Bryan Station with 45 and Dunbar with 41.
"Everything came together for us today," Broadnax said of her girls. "As a team, all 14 girls here today just did what they had to do. We broke two state records and P.R.'d in everything that we did. The girls came really ready to compete. They wanted it more today, I guess."
Bryan Station's meet records came in the quick relays.
Brooke Raglin, Dakesha Stewart, Talor Wilkerson and Shania Lyvers first combined to defend their title in the 4-by-200 relay in 1:39.53.
The same foursome clicked to dominate the 4-by-100 relay in 47.48.
"Handoffs and teamwork" were the keys, Lyvers said. "Amazing!"
The Defenders also picked up big points from Raglin's second-place finish in the 100 meters, plus third-place points from Catherine Bloomfield in the 100-meter hurdles and Emma Guilfoil in the 800.
North Hardin made it close thanks to four victories by Kianna Gray. She defended her titles in the 100 (11.81), 200 (24.09) and 100 hurdles (14.29), and also won the 400 (54.60). Gray bettered the meet records in the 200 and 400, and equaled the 3A record in the hurdles.
Teammate Rylee Windham won the high jump, topping 5-4.
Central, which stepped up from Class 2A this year, was led by 300-meter hurdles champion Jaylin Johnson.
Sacred Heart had a double winner as Maggie Allen took the 800 and 1,600.
Scott County, which placed sixth, got a victory from Halee Hudson in the discus.
Madison Central's Maryssa Stewart prevailed in the triple jump.
Johnson fuels North Hardin
North Hardin's boys were fueled by Dante Johnson, who swept the hurdle events.
Henry Clay got rolling with a 1-3 finish by brothers Davonte and DeQuan Robinson in the 100 meters, timed in 10.85 and 10.93.
Soon after, they combined with Rhoman James and Dakhari Campbell to win the 4-by-200 relay in 1:26.96.
Campbell, James, DeQuan Robinson and Sydney Hugle won the 4-by-100 relay in 42.77.
"We've been working on handoffs all week," said DeQuan Robinson, a junior. "We just had to get a good handoff exchange. We did it — we won!"
But Davonte Robinson false-started out of the 400 meters, an event in which he was the top seed. In his absence, Pulaski County's Austin Hyden sped away to win in 48.60.
DeQuan Robinson completed his day with a convincing win in the 200 meters, clocked in 21.50.
"I just came out pumping my arms as fast as I could," he said.
At about the 150-meter mark, he added, "I just took off again because I heard footsteps."
Bryan Station had wins by C.J. Walker in the long jump and Tequan Clett in the high jump.
Dunbar made hay in the middle distances.
The Bulldogs opened by winning the 4-by-800 relay with Michael Wetzel, Malik Mahmud, Elijah Olige and Kendall Muhammad.
"We ran incredible," said Muhammad, the anchor. "I was expecting first because we came in seeded No. 1. But we got pretty close to the state record. ... Just phenomenal."
Dunbar finished by holding off Henry Clay in the 4-by-400 relay, with a unit of Jayshawn Coleman, Mahmud, Olige and Muhammad.
Muhammad also won the open 800 in 1:54.10, defeating 1,600 winner William Mulloy of St. Xavier. Olige came in fifth.
Lafayette had a double winner in big Landon Young.
The UK football commit — he's a left offensive tackle — captured the shot put and discus.
"I was more pleased with the shot put," Young said. "I've been working on it something awful this year and it finally came out the way I've been working.
"I felt good about my disc. There's parts I could have done better, but it's State — this is where everything shines, and a win's a win. I can't complain."
Henderson County's Cain Cooper cleared 15-4 to defend his pole-vault title.
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