Henry Clay finished fourth in the boys' team standings behind Trinity, St. Xavier and Male despite fielding only nine entries in the Class 3A KHSAA State Track and Field Championships at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Complex on Saturday.
Forty of the Blue Devils' points were earned on wins, all involving junior speedster Langston Jackson. Tyree Clarke accounted for the other six points after finishing third in the 400-meter dash.
Jackson won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and along with Clarke was part of the winning 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 relay teams. He ran a 10.56 in the 100, 0.14 seconds off the overall state-meet record set by Paul Laurence Dunbar's Will Allen two years ago.
"I'm upset I didn't get the record for the 100 but I at least have one more year to get it," Jackson said with a grin. "I'm just gonna come back out here next year and do what I gotta do to win again."
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- Frederick Douglass sophomore Christian Lewis hit a mark of 22-05.5 in the boys' long jump, edging Trinity senior Robbie Springfield (22-00.00) to become the Broncos' first state champion in any sport. Lewis also was part of Douglass' 4-by-100 relay team that finished second to Henry Clay.
- Phoebe McCowan, a freshman from South Laurel, ran 2:11.06 in the girls' 800-meter run. That time, a new overall state-meet record, was more than four seconds faster than the field.
- Bryan Hudson, a junior who's committed to play football and compete in track-and-field for Virginia Tech, set a new personal record in the boys' shot put with a meet-record 63-09.50 to repeat as the event champion. He also repeated as the champion in discus with a 187-01.
- The Class 3A meet was the first of the three state track and field championships to not be delayed due to weather. The Class A meet was completed on Thursday but got about an hour off schedule. Four events were completed in the Class 2A championships on Friday before competition was postponed to Saturday evening, resuming upon completion of the Class 3A meet.
- McDonald and Hollingsworth were both achingly close to topping Kianna Gray's overall state-meet record time of 11.73 in the 100-meter dash. McDonald completed a coveted sweep of the sprint events by taking the 400-meter with a 56.17.
- Male junior Michael Warner won the boys' 400 with a 48.69, but Lafayette sophomore William Wharton wasn't far behind; he ran a 48.72.