Just as happened a year ago, the Bryan Station boys and Paul Laurence Dunbar girls dominated Friday's Class 3A Region 6 track and field meet at Dunbar.
The girls team victory seemed only fitting in Killian Timoney's final regional meet as Dunbar coach.
Timoney, the head coach since 2000, is retiring after the season.
"This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," he said. "I truly believe that I was put on this planet to do two things — be a dad and coach track. With my second child coming (in two weeks), one is being hurt by the other, and I can't put the time into the program like I used to."
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His Bulldogs sent him off with a regional title, scoring 1361/2 points. The next four teams were separated by only 31/2 points: Bryan Station (851/2), Tates Creek (85), Henry Clay (83) and Scott County (82).
Bryan Station's boys, led by 1-2 finishes from Tre Duncan and Corey Williams in the long jump and triple jump, piled up 188 points. Henry Clay scored 125, followed by Dunbar with 114.
The top two finishers in each event advance to Saturday's state meet at the University of Louisville. Also, the top 10 athletes in each event from across the state who did not place first or second in a region will advance.
'This is my time'
Timoney said he talked to his girls all week about attitude.
"Just trying to get them to believe and think positively," he said. "Because they would line up excuses sometimes before the race. And I wanted them to focus on 'No, this is my time. This is when I'm going to do what I'm supposed to do. I've earned it. I've put the time in.' They've listened to my stupid stories all year long. This is it."
Dunbar took care of business, getting wins from Jordin Fender in both hurdle races, Kierra Muhammad in the triple jump and Indya Raglin in the 100. All three were part of Dunbar's Final Four basketball team last winter.
They also combined with freshman Laura Edwards to win the 4-by-100 relay.
"I feel amazing. This is the best that I've done in a while," Fender said. "For me, it's a transition from basketball to track. It just feels amazing to win with my team."
Fender won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.34 seconds and the 300-meter event in 45.99.
Muhammad was among several girls to successfully defend individual region titles.
Bryan Station's Labi Frazier took the 400 for the third year in a row, in 58.25. Other repeat winners included Bryan Station's Carynn Stewart in the discus, Scott County's Christiana Harris in the high jump and Ally Conrad in the 800, and Henry Clay's 4-by-400 relay team.
According to plan
In addition to 1-2 finishes in the horizontal jumps, Bryan Station swept the 400 with Woody Lapierre and Bolaji Ogbulu, and the 110-meter hurdles with Jacob Mclimore and Malcolm Smith.
"We kind of had a plan of who we expected to go through to state, and every single one of them has made it, so we're excited," Coach Kathy Broadnax said.
The Defenders also got wins from Ishmael Webb in the 100 and Clarke Blackburn in the shot put, adding the 4-by-400 relay title.
"It was a great way to finish a great meet," Broadnax said of the relay team, which knocked four seconds off its season best to finish in 3:24.96.
Duncan, who swept region titles and placed third in both horizontal jumps at last year's State Meet, responded Friday despite suffering a sprained ankle two weeks ago.
"I feel like I did pretty good today," said Duncan, a senior who will compete for Kentucky State. "I want to break a (state meet) record before I leave, hopefully. Long jump especially."
Repeat champions included the Defenders' 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 relays, and Henry Clay's David George in the discus.
George was among five winners for the Blue Devils.