Once upon a time, under the direction of Reba Woodall and her late husband Paul, Bryan Station was a dominant force in Kentucky high school track and field.
The Defenders may be getting close to getting back to the glory years of the 1970s and '80s.
Under the guidance of third-year coach Kathy Broadnax, a native Australian, Bryan Station edged Paul Laurence Dunbar 173-165 for the boys' team title in the public school City Championships track and field meet Thursday.
Dunbar, the host school, topped Bryan Station for girls' honors 187-147.
"There's so much talent in the school," Broadnax said. "We just started to really look for kids that we could bring out and make successful. And it worked.
"The team really came together and has done an amazing job."
Bryan Station swept the top three spots (although only the top two counted in the scoring) in the boys' 110-meter hurdles and went 1-2 in the 300-meter hurdles. Jacob McLimore won the highs, followed by George Livingston. They reversed the order of finish in the intermediates.
Also earning 10-point first-place finishes for the Defenders were Chaz Mitchell in the 100, Clarke Blackburn in the shot put and Reshawn Walker in the triple jump.
Labi Ferguson, a freshman, helped Bryan Station's girls by winning the 400.
The Lady Defenders were sparked, though, by senior Nealy Williams. She scored quadruple victories in both hurdle events, as well as the long and triple jumps.
The Dunbar girls had a triple winner in Megan Klein. The junior prevailed in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, and was on stand-by if needed for the 4-by-400 relay.
"Megan was a workhorse tonight," Coach Killian Timoney said. "She came through just like the champion that she is."
Klein's strategy was simple.
"The goal was for me to get as many points as possible, which I did," she said. "But I would have liked to have run a little bit quicker in my mile. But (Timoney) told me not to go out and kill myself because he knew all the work that I had to do later in the meet. So, all in all, not bad."
Dunbar's Sierra Guy, a junior, swept the discus and shot put. Kristen Grewe took the pole vault and her sister Allison tied for second.
Dunbar's Rob Wahl captured the boys' 1,600 and 3,200, also running on the Bulldogs' winning 4-by-800 relay.
"I truly believe that the boys overachieved," Timoney said. "The fact that they were able to beat Henry Clay tonight — and a great Henry Clay team. I just know that the direction of track and field in Lexington is changing totally in the direction of Bryan Station. Kathy Broadnax, she's doing great things over there."
Tates Creek, Henry Clay and Lafayette placed 3-4-5 in both the boys' and girls' team standings.
First-place finishers for Creek included Lam Sawson (discus), Mark Flores (800) and the 4-by-100 relay on the boys' side. Tamyah Pipkin swept the girls' 100 and 200, also helping the Commodores win the 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 relays.
Flores bounced back in the 800 after being outkicked by Wahl at 1,600.
"Coach (David Freeman) said 'Go out and win,' so I did," Flores said.
Henry Clay victors included Brandon Nichols in the 200 and 400, as well as an anchor of the winning 4-by-400 and 4-by-200 relays, and James Hellard in the long jump. The Lady Devils won the 4-by-400 and 4-by-800 relays, and Shelley Besten was tops in the high jump.
Nicholas came from behind on the straightaway to edge Bryan Station's Mitchell.
"My starts are not that fast, so I try to gather my speed off the curve, use it as a slingshot to push it," Nichols said.
Lafayette's best finishes were a second in the girls' 4-by-800 and a runner-up finish in the boys' 3,200 by Jud Weaver.