Morgan McIntyre punctuated her outstanding high school career Saturday in high-flying fashion.
The Fairview senior won her fifth consecutive Class A pole vault title, breaking the overall record in the KHSAA State Track and Field Meet at the University of Kentucky.
"It's awesome," said McIntyre, who will compete for Western Kentucky University next season. "It's my senior year, my last State track meet — what better than to break the overall state record? All the hard work I've put into it, the whole eight years I've been doing it since middle school and high school, my goal has been to jump 12 feet. And I did that today."
McIntyre broke her own Class A record of 10-7 and the overall record of 11-9 set by Class 3A vaulter Meagan Zimlich of Ballard in 2011.
While McIntyre provided the highlight performance of the day, the St. Henry girls defended their team championship with 1211/2 points. Runner-up Newport Central Catholic scored 97, followed by Murray, Bishop Brossart and Model.
Fort Knox took boys' honors with 70 points. Murray was second with 55 points, a point ahead of Bishop Brossart and two ahead of Green County. Danville took fifth.
Bigger things to come?
McIntyre, who entered the competition at 10-0, had competition as Model senior Hannah Durbin cleared 10-6.
Once she had the record in hand, though, McIntyre had the bar raised to 12-4.
"I had a feeling that I could get it. I can," she said. "I'm very capable. I think I was just tired. But in the future — very soon future — probably over the summer I think I have a really good chance of jumping higher than 12 feet."
St. Henry led the team race from start to finish, opening with a win in the 4-by-800 relay. The Crusaders' Madison Culbertson swept the 100 (12.35) and 200 (25.81), and Tina Felix swept the 100-meter hurdles (15.68) and 300 hurdles (46.63). Other wins came from Taylor Connett in the 800 (2:19.61) and Celia Eltzroth in the triple jump (36-23/4).
Burgin's Liz Marcinek repeated as champion in the long jump (16-10).
"I won it before with a longer jump," she said. "But I actually finished in region with a better jump than I did last year. It's exciting, and I'm glad I finished out my senior year with a win.
"Because I came here to defend my title and that's exactly what I did. No matter what the jump was, I won, so I can't be too disappointed about it. It feels really good. It feels just as good as last year."
Saunders leads Fort Knox
The Fort Knox boys were led by 100- and 400-meter winner Khari Saunders.
Another Fort Knox win came from Kasaun James in the 200. Green County's Evan Jaggers was first across the line in the 200, but was disqualified for running inside his lane marker. That cost Green County second place in the team standings.
Jaggers had a big day, though, capturing first place in the long jump (21-6) and triple jump (43-01/2).
Raceland's Connor Messer had a bigger day.
Messer, a junior, won the 110-meter hurdles (15.32), high jump (6-4) and pole vault (14-0), and placed second to Jaggers in the triple jump (42-111/2).
"The 110 hurdles, pole vault, I'm definitely excited about," Messer said. "I'm pretty excited about everything."
Eric Baugh of Villa Madonna scored a double by winning the 800 (1:58.12) and 1,600 (4:22.82).
Danville's Anrique Ellery bagged the win in the 300-meter hurdles (40.52).
"That's what I've been dreaming about," said Ellery, who opened his day by placing fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles.
"I think I did good. Kind of a slow start early in the meet, so I had to pick it up," he said. "Me getting beat in the 110s kind of made me a little more anxious to win the 300s.
"I worked on my takeoff a lot in practice, but when I came out I kind of tried to stride until I got to the curve. And, coming out of the curve, I tried to kick it in."