High School Sports

Rockcastle's Hunter shines at state track meet

LOUISVILLE — While Highlands was busy winning a fourth consecutive team championship in the girls' Class 2A State Track and Field Meet, Rockcastle County's Michaela Hunter was pulling off a personal triple crown.

Highlands pulled away late to put away Central 1001/2-92 on a cool, windy and sometimes rainy Thursday at the University of Louisville's Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park. Elizabethtown was third with 55.

Then came Rockcastle, with Hunter scoring all but two of her team's 40 points.

Hunter, a sophomore, won the long jump, triple jump and 400 meters, and placed second in the 200.

"I thought it would be a lot worse, I'm not going to lie," Hunter said when asked how she felt coming down the stretch in the 400.

She said her plan was to pace herself and "just kick the last 100."

Her time of 58.60 seconds was just off her winning 58.51 of a year ago but, considering the wind that was directly in her face on the final straightaway, this win may be more impressive.

She was the only runner to break one minute. Runner-up Alisha Adair, also a sophomore, clocked 1:00.19.

Adair turned the tables in the 200, edging Hunter by three-hundredths of a second in 25.90.

Hunter's winning long jump measured 17 feet, 101/4 inches, her triple jump 36-111/4.

Boyle County swept the 4-by-800 and 4-by-400. Niki Coffey, Maddie Kriz, Rachel Ditto and Logan Arnold combined to win the 4-by-800 in 9:57.57.

North Oldham pulled even with Boyle with 300 meters to go, but Arnold refused to give up the lead.

"We have this rule on our team that nobody passes you on the second lap," the sophomore said. "So I saw her and took off. And she died at the end, so it worked out."

Natalie Settle, Tabitha Evans, Kate Carman and Arnold made up the victorious 4-by-400 unit, finishing in 4:08.97.

Highlands repeated as winner in the 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 relays. The Bluebirds also got first-place finishes from Ashley Collinsworth in the 100 and Lindsey Scaggs in the pole vault.

Collinsworth, a senior bound for Harvard, is the daughter of sportscaster and former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth. Her time in the 100, 12.60, edged Western Hills' Adair by a tenth of a second.

Central's charge was led by sophomore Maya Spalding, who won over hurdles at 100 and 300 meters.

Spalding was in second place in the 300 until defending champion Jessica Gabhart of Elizabethtown crashed into the last barrier and fell to the track. Gabhart also knocked down West Jessamine's Abby Wiggins, who was able to recover to salvage second place. Gabhart was disqualified.

Central's Cha'Niquia Gore defended her high jump title and North Bullitt's Chelsey Slayton repeated in the 800.

State cross country champ Catarina Karas of Collins swept the 1,600 and 3,200.

Elizabethtown got a 1-2 finish in the discus by Denisha Nichols and Brittany Bartelt, while Hart County's Lindsey Burd prevailed in the shot put.

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