Quick as a lightning bolt, the Tates Creek Relay Carnival came to a stop Friday night.
Rather than Usain Bolt, though, it was an actual lightning bolt that resulted in a premature end to what was a final tuneup for next weekend's high school track and field regional competition.
Everything about Friday's meet was low-key. Other than three individual track events and two in the field, all events were relays. One of the casualties of the weather was the cancellation of the "Big Kat" 4-by-100 relay — intended for weight throwers.
The last event completed, the 1,600 meters, had the girls running with the boys.
Girls' winner Megan Klein of Dunbar was invigorated by the competition.
"It's nice because I haven't had anyone to run against all season, really," said Klein, who finished seventh overall and ahead of seven boys.
"It was nice to have someone up there who was running a solid pace."
Bryan Station won two of the four girls' relays completed, with Sariah Edwards anchoring the 4-by-200 and Nealy Williams bringing home the baton in the sprint medley.
Tamyah Pipkin anchored Tates Creek's winning 4-by-100 relay, and Amanda Hancock finished off Dunbar's 4-by-800 relay.
Bryan Station's Carynn Stewart won the shot put (26-10), while Dunbar's Allison Brewe was tops in the pole vault (7-0).
Bryan Station won four of the five boys' relays completed.
Chaz Mitchell anchored the Defenders in the 4-by-100 (45.43) and 4-by-200 (1:32.15) relays, and also ran second leg on the sprint medley relay.
Najee Calderon did the closing honors on the 4-by-800 (8:56.12) and sprint medley (3:39.30) relays.
Dunbar, however, snared the distance medley (10:59.18), with Rob Wahl on anchor.
Tates Creek's Zach Porter won the 1,600 (4:50.99) and teammate Cody Garcia took the pole vault (10-6). Dunbar's David Tooley was best in the shot put (45-81/2).
All but two of the schools competing Friday will return to Tates Creek on Saturday for the Class 3A Region 6 meet at 10 a.m. Lexington Christian will be back for the 1A Region 5 meet at Creek at 4 p.m. Menifee County will compete in the 1A Region 7 meet, 9:30 a.m., at Pikeville.
Klein, who is among the nation's top high schoolers in the steeplechase — an event not held in the State Meet — said she's not where she'd like to be in her track pursuits as she heads to the region. She will compete at 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters next week.
"I feel like I haven't got to focus on my mile (1,600) a ton this year just with the steeple aspect," she said. "But what can you do? It's time for regions, so you've gotta go. I'm all right."