Dominant Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar's girls swept all four relays, Megan Klein captured two distance events and the Bulldogs placed 1-2 in three events to run away with the team title at Thursday's Class 3A Region 6 track and field meet.

Competing on its home track, Dunbar piled up 1791/2 points. Runner-up Scott County had 81.

Henry Clay edged Dunbar for boys' honors, 119-108.

The top two finishers in each event advance to the State Meet, next weekend at the University of Louisville. In addition to the top two from each region, the next best 10 performers from across the state in each event will advance.

So Dunbar's girls will be armed in all the relays, with Klein in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.

The Bulldogs' 1-2 finishes came from high-jumpers Jennifer Stutland and Monica Bryan, shot-putters Sierra Guy and Shomari Kendick, and 400-meter runners Trina Thomas and Ebony Rowe. Rowe, an all-state basketball player, also was among four other Dunbar girls with a second-place finish, hers in the 200 meters.

Kendrick also won the discus, her 114-foot, 9-inch best being more than 23 feet ahead of runner-up Cathy Christian of Lafayette.

Bryan Station junior Nealy Williams was the top individual winner, taking the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, as well as the triple jump. However, the top-seeded long-jumper placed fourth in that event.

"Wasn't a good day, really," she said. "I wasn't running the times I was supposed to be running and not hitting the jumps I was supposed to hit."

Perhaps it was because she was unpressed by the competition in all but the long jump. That should change at the State Meet and, she hopes, so should her performances.

"I think I'll be OK in State," Williams said. "It'll put me in a good place, the times I'm running."

Tates Creek had a double winner in Tamyah Pipkin, who took the 100 and 200.

Henry Clay's Leigh Allin was 3 feet better than the competion in the pole vault, clearing 11-6.

Woodford County's Anna Bostrom, beaten by less than a half-second by Klein in the 1,600, came back to win the 800 — ahead of Dunbar's defending state champion in the event, Leslie Davis.

Scott County got a 1-2 finish in the long jump from Aleysa Clay and Breonna McKee.

Henry Clay's boys won three relays — the 4-by-200, 4-by-400 and 4-by-800. A botched final exchange in the 4-by-100 cost the Devils, who were running a close second.

Freshman Brandon Nichols swept the 200 and 400, with sophomore Blake Green making it a 1-2 Devils finish in the one-lap event. Other Henry Clay wins included James Hellard in the long jump, Terrell Horton in the 800 and Dan Richey in the 1,600. In the 800, Horton held off Dunbar's Elliott Rosenberg by six-tenths of a second in 1:59.15.

"It's the best I've felt all season," Horton said. "The time wasn't where I wanted it to be, but I made it to State and that was the goal, so I feel pretty good.

"I wanted to go out in like a 55, 54, but my first lap was pretty slow (58). So I just had to hold on to it for the second lap."

Henry Clay's 4-by-100 squad wasn't the only relay mishap.

Bryan Station ran out of the final exchange zone and was disqualified in the 4-by-200, where the Defenders were second.

Bryan Station did get a 1-2 finish from Desmond Suter and Chaz Mitchell in the 100, each clocking 11.10. They also ran on the Defenders' winning 4-by-100 relay.

Teammate George Livingston won the 300-meter hurdles and Reshawn Walker prevailed in the triple jump.

Scott County's Dominique Norris and Tim Miller ran 1-2 in the 110-meter high hurdles.