At least it ruled Saturday in the Class 3A State Track and Field Championships, held at the University of Kentucky.
Bryan Station's girls repeated as state champ, outscoring North Hardin 65-57.
And Henry Clay led a 1-2-3 Lexington finish in the boys' standings with 93 points, the Devils' first State track title. Bryan Station had 58 and Paul Laurence Dunbar followed with 49.
"We knew we had some speed coming into the meet," Henry Clay boys' coach Demetrius Gay said. "I didn't think we'd score that many points."
The Blue Devils got 30 points from Jaron Brooks alone.
The junior won the high jump, long jump and triple jump. He was especially happy with the latter event.
"PR in the triple — 47-9," Brooks said. "I'm just really tired doing all three. I won all three, but I'm tired."
And while Devonte and DeQuan Robinson did not repeat their victories in the 100 and 200, respectively, the brothers came back with a vengeance in the relays. Henry Clay took both the 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 events.
"They weren't pleased, so they really blew it out on the relays," Gay said. "I think you saw it in the four-by-two — 1:25, which is a state record. So they were kind of angry."
As for the 100, that belonged to South Laurel's Austin Hayes in 10.76, a hundredth of a second in front of Dunbar's William Allen.
"I came out of the blocks kind of slow. ... About the halfway mark, I kicked it in gear, shifted gears and pulled through in the end," Hayes said. "I was confident, but I also knew there was some serious competition coming in — Davonte, DeQuan and William Allen, they're all great competitors."
Allen got his revenge by winning the 200 and 400, setting a meet record of 47.09 in the longer event. He also helped Dunbar with the 4-by-400 relay.
"I got out really good," Allen said of the 200. "And I've been working on it a lot because 'Quan beat me last time at regionals, and I just had to practice to get it right."
Bryan Station was led by double-winner Isaiah McCall, who took the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
McCall didn't have a great start in the 110s, "but I wasn't doing that bad over the first two hurdles. That's kind of where I got my speed back up, and then I just ran the rest of the race."
Tates Creek's Ben Young set a meet record in the 1,600, 4:10.15, and came back to place second in the 800.
"Just so much adrenaline," Young said of his kick down the stretch. "To have that whole stadium cheering, I knew I had to push it hard if I could beat (Madison Central's Brennan Fields). And luckily I had a little bit extra left in me."
Lafayette also had a winner in Landon Young. After placing second in the shot put, Young took gold in the discus.
"It's awesome," Young said. "Every time you win a competition, it's just a thrill."
St. Xavier ran a meet-record 7:51.09 in the opening 4-by-800 relay.
Bryan Station's girls were tied at 57-57 with North Hardin entering the final event, the 4-by-400 relay. With North Hardin in a slow heat and Bryan Station in the fastest, the Defenders just needed to make safe passes and run within themselves.
They gave it their all, placing second to Manual. That was worth eight points, the final margin of victory.
The Defenders overcame a 40-point individual performance by North Hardin's Kianna Gray, a UK recruit who won the 100-meter hurdles, 100, 200 and 400.
"I had looked at the points going in and we knew that North Hardin was going to be very competitive," Bryan Station Coach Kathy Broadnax said. "Kianna Gray is an amazing athlete. She's a senior and moving on to college, so I wish her well. When you have one athlete who scores 40 points, that's hard to come around.
"But I have a great team. The girls I have are young and they're competitive, and they put the work in when they needed to. I knew that if we were able to win a few races at the beginning, then their confidence would be up and they would be able to do what they had to do. And coming down to the four-by-four, that's kind of when the girls excel the most is when they push like that. So I just couldn't be prouder right now."
Bryan Station swept the 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 relays, and Brooke Raglin ran second to Gray in the 100 and 200.
Gray's day started with the hurdles, where she overcame an early problem.
"I felt like my start was really slow so ... I've just got to make it up as I went," Gray said. "There's no time for a redo. You've just got to go."
100: "I felt a little bit better about that one."
Lafayette's Kristina Leggas won the pole vault and East Jessamine's Taliyah Colone took the high jump.
Scott County senior Halee Hudson captured the shot put and the discus.
"It was a good way to go out for my senior year," Hudson said.