LOUISVILLE — A rash of records matched Saturday's weather at the Class 3A State Track and Field Meet.
With the thermometer hovering near 90 degrees, Campbell County edged Bryan Station 57-51 for the girls' team title. Paul Laurence Dunbar was next with 41. Tates Creek cracked the top 10, placing eighth with 32 points.
Defending champion Male dominated the boys' standings with 116 points, capturing a state-record 30th title. St. Xavier was second with 77. Owensboro edged Henry Clay for third place, 461/2-41, with Bryan Station fifth with 38 points.
As for the records, let's start with Henry Clay junior Brandon Nichols in the 400-meter dash.
The son of a seven-time state champion for Lafayette, Derrick Robinson, Nichols broke the meet record of 47.56. That mark was set in 1983 by Cris Dishman of DeSales, who went on to play in the NFL. Nichols crossed the finish line at the University of Louisville's Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park in 47.11. Just as happened in 2009, teammate Blake Green placed second in 48.58.
"That's what I was shooting for," Nichols said of the record. And, when he glanced back at the finish, "that's what I wanted, my teammate behind me — one-two again."
Nichols and Green later teamed with Branden Johnson and Jerry Williams to win the 4-by-400 relay (3:18.13). Nichols, Green, Williams and James Hellard placed third in the 4-by-200.
Nichols' only downer came in the 200, where he false-started.
Other boys' record-setters included: Campbell County's Robbie Scharold in the 800 (1:52.19); John Hardin's Brandon Begley in the 300-meter hurdles (37.83); Male's Kyle Jenkins in the discus (193-1); Male in the 4-by-100 (41.10) and 4-by-200 (1:26.83) relays; and Butler in the 4-by-800 relay (7:54.07).
Sacred Heart's Emma Brink set girls' records in the 800 (2:13.26) and 1,600 (4:53.66).
Campbell County clinched the girls' title by winning the final event, the 4-by-400 relay (3:59.01). The Camels also captured the 4-by-200 and 4-by-800 relays, and Anna Carrigan snared the 400 (57.13).
Bryan Station rode the wings of senior sensation Nealy Williams. She swept the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, placed third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.
The defending champion in both hurdles events, Williams won the 100-meter hurdles by half a second in 15.37. Her 44.40 in the 300 was off the meet record of 43.00, set 15 years ago by Valley's Shonna Johnson.
"It's just a blessing to be able to run," Williams said. "I wanted to 'PR' (get a personal record) and I think I did that. ... It was a little disappointing though, too. Because I just missed the (meet) record."
The Defenders also had a second-place finish in the 200 and a third in the 100 from Sariah Edwards.
Both of those events were won by Tates Creek junior Tamyah Pipkin.
Pipkin took the 100 in 12.25, the 200 in 25.05. She also anchored Creek's top-seeded 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 relays. The Commodores were unable to negotiate the handoffs in the 4-by-200 — they ran out of the exchange zone on one pass, then never hooked up on the finale — but came back to place third in the 4-by-100.
"The 100 was great," Pipkin said. "There was a lot of headwind, so I didn't break 12 (seconds) like I had hoped. But no excuse. I'm still extremely happy with my time."
In the 200, "I got out really well. I might have come up a little too early but I caught the people in front of me, which was my goal, and I maintained the lead, so I'm happy overall."
Megan Klein was again the workhorse for Dunbar, grinding out a third in the 1,600, fourth in the 800 and seventh in the 3,200. The Bulldogs' top finish came in the 4-by-100 relay, where Kierra Mohammed, Shelby Marnitz, Courtney Haney and Indya Raglin placed second to Male, 49.48 to 49.71.
Brink, Woodford County's Anna Bostrom and Klein placed 1-2-3 in the 1,600 for the second year in a row.
Bostrom passed on running the 800, but came back to win the 3,200 (10:53.25).
"I think it was a somewhat wise decision (to skip the 800) just because of the heat," said Bostrom, a Kentucky recruit. "I didn't think my body was prepared for all three.
"I was hoping for one title. I knew that two was a little too greedy, so I was really happy to end it this way."
The Male boys got wins from Chisem Omenyinma in the 100 (10.94), Jenkins in the discus and shot put (58-6), John Giddens in the long jump (21-81/2) and its record-setting relays.
Greenwood senior Ryan Eaton repeated as champion in the 1,600 (4:17.91). He later came from behind to win the 3,200 (9:29.01), followed by Dunbar's Rob Wahl (9:35.92) and the leader for most of the race, Evan Ehrenheim of Daviess County.
Bryan Station had a pair of runner-up finishes: Tre Duncan in the long jump and George Livingston in the 300 hurdles.