A little water wasn't about to stop the Bryan Station track and field teams Saturday.
The Defenders swept girls' and boys' team titles in the Class 3A, Region 6 meet at Henry Clay. Rain fell throughout much of the meet and, once that stopped, left the jumping surfaces slick. There also was a lightning delay with only the boys' pole vault and high jump still to be completed.
The top two finishers in each event qualified for the State Meet, to be held May 23-24 at the University of Kentucky. In addition, the next 10 best performers from across the state in each event will receive at-large berths into the State Meet.
Girls: Defenders romp
Bryan Station won 10 of 18 events, including a sweep of the four relays, while scoring 155½ points. Runner-up Tates Creek totaled 90 points.
"I have a very young girls' team this year and I've always known their capability," said Kathy Broadnax, coach of the Defenders. "I think today they started to believe in themselves a little more and it really showed. We had some great times, great performances, even with the bad weather. ... I couldn't be prouder."
Bryan Station's Brooke Raglin swept the 100 and 200 meters, and also ran on the winning 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 relay teams. Teammate Emma Guilfoil also was a double winner, taking the 800 and 1,600, and ran a leg to help win the 4-by-800 relay.
Raglin was late to get out of the blocks in the 100, but it didn't matter as she won in 12.49 seconds.
"I just had to push harder," the freshman said. "Since I got out of the blocks slow, I just had to pick up my speed."
Guilfoil, a senior, was a decisive winner, clocking 2:23.07 in the 800 and 5:29.31 in the 1,600.
"The 800's kind of fun because you don't really have to think much," she said. "You just gut it out as hard as you can the whole time. It's fun."
Guilfoil, for one, thinks Bryan Station's girls can win a state team championship.
"I think we've got it," she said. "I think we can do it if everybody shows up."
The Defenders also got wins from Talor Wilkerson in the 400 (:59.68) and Catherine Bloomfield in the 100-meter hurdles (:16.28).
"We had a couple girls who are injured, and they didn't perform quite as well today, which was tough," Broadnax said. "And then I had some girls who really stepped up. Teairra Payton in the 300-meter hurdles (second place) and four-by-four — she was a key on that relay."
Scott County's Halee Hudson captured the shot put (35 feet, 4 inches) and discus (111-9).
Other winners included: Tates Creek's Maddie Covey in the 3,200 (12:10.70); Dunbar's Kaleshia Harris, 300 hurdles (:48.18); Woodford County's Chelsea Rose, pole vault (9-0); Scott County's Priscilla Thorn, long jump (16-4); Anderson County's Alorra Sims, triple jump (34-0), and Clark County's Sandra Skinner, high jump (5-0).
Boys: Station in close one
Bryan Station's boys won only four events, but had plenty of depth.
The Defenders scored 119 points. Lafayette edged Henry Clay for second place, 99-96.
"I wasn't really anticipating us doing as well as we did," Broadnax said. "I knew they had every ability, but the boys' team this year has been a definite rebuilding year because, last year, we had 22 seniors graduate."
Station's best showing came in the long jump, where C.J. Walker (20-7) and Ora Johnson (19-6½ ) placed 1-2.
The Defenders also swept the hurdles, with Isaiah McCall taking the 110-meter highs (:16.66) and Desmond Howard motoring home in the 300-meter intermediates (:41.05).
Tequan Claitt capped things by clearing 6-4 in the high jump, even though rain had resumed. Claitt also placed third in the triple jump.
"I couldn't be prouder," Broadnax said. "They wanted it and they went out and they got it."
Lafayette was led by double winner Landon Young. He dominated both the shot put (52-9) and discus (169-2).
The Generals also got a first-place finish by Kadesh Murphy in the 3,200 meters. In one of the better finishes of the day, Murphy held off Tates Creek's Ben Young by 42-hundredths of a second, winning in 9:50.44.
Young had earlier won the 1,600 (4:28.89).
Henry Clay's DeQuan Robinson took the 100 (:11.17) and 200 meters (:21.99), and also helped the Blue Devils win the 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 relays.
"I could have done better in the 100. I'm not satisfied with it," Robinson said. "I got out and, my drive phase, I might have come up too early a little bit. But stayed with it, started driving when I came up."
His favorite event, though, is the 200, where he uses the curve to his advantage.
"I like using the slingshot," he said.
His brother Davonte captured the 400 and ran on the winning 4-by-200 and 4-by-400 relays.
"Just running it the way I've been doing it all year," Davonte Robinson said after rallying in the stretch to edge Bryan Station's Bolaji Ogbulu, :49.65 to :49.91.
"Just do what my dad (Derek) taught me to do — pump my arms, stay in form with my knees."
While Henry Clay won three relays, Dunbar took the 4-by-800 (8:06.11).
Kendall Muhammad and Elijah Olige, half of Dunbar's relay winners, went 1-2 in the 800 (1:56.12 and 1:58.58).
Other winners included Tates Creek's Kyle Hopkins in the pole vault (12-0) and Anderson County's Tyson Yett in the triple jump (45-4½ ).