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Boys Class 2A track: Lexington Catholic stars take titles in shot put, 1,600

Lexington Catholic's Andrew Vollet  throws during the State 2A championship in Louisville Friday May 18, 2012 in Louisville. He took the championship with a throw of 54'-7". Photo by John Flavell
Lexington Catholic's Andrew Vollet throws during the State 2A championship in Louisville Friday May 18, 2012 in Louisville. He took the championship with a throw of 54'-7". Photo by John Flavell Herald-Leader

LOUISVILLE — What would adding 25 pounds of muscle do for you?

Andrew Vollet can tell you what it did for him Friday.

Vollet, a Lexington Catholic junior, won the shot put in the boys' Class 2A State Track and Field Meet at the University of Louisville.

Third in last year's meet at 48 feet, 91/2 inches, Vollet rocked the field when he opened Friday's meet with a winning toss of 54-7.

"That's what I was going to try and do, get a 54, 55 in, then to try to get 56, 57," said Vollet, whose next-best distances measured 54-3 and 54-1. "But oh, well.

"Didn't get that great of a throw, but pretty excited."

North Oldham senior Cameron Renaud placed second at 51-53/4.

Vollet, a 6-foot-1 left-hander, made his big move from a year ago with more weight and more weight-lifting. He says he's now between 200 and 205 pounds.

He also plans to go far beyond his current limits as a senior.

"I'm going to switch over to rotational next year," Vollet said, meaning he'll switch from the traditional "glide" in the ring to the discus-style spin. "I'm hoping to hit mid-60s."

Vollet later placed third in the discus, an event won by Bullitt East's Trevor Troutman.

Vollet accounted for 16 of Catholic's 44 points, helping the Knights to a fourth-place finish. Catholic's other champion was junior Nicholas Laureano in the 1,600.

Paducah Tilghman took the team championship with 59 points. Louisville Central was runner-up with 52.

Tilghman sealed the deal by winning the 4-by-400 relay. The Blue Tornado also won the 4-by-200, and J.D. Harmon repeated as triple jump champion.

Last year, Harmon also won the long jump, but he slipped to fifth this time in an event won by Greenup County's Dustin Linthicum.

Other repeat winners included Tyler Bray of Erlanger Lloyd in the high jump and Ryan Timmons of Franklin County in the 100.

Bray, a senior, matched the 2A meet record of 6 feet, 103/4 inches. Tom Noe of Highlands set the record in 1988.

Timmons defended his 100-meter crown in 10.84, then added the 200 meters in 21.90. Runner-up Jazz Hayes of Central had earlier won the 400 in 48.49.

Timmons kept cool, despite a false start in the 100 and temperatures that were in the high 80s.

"It was hard. You have to refocus every time someone false-starts," he said.

"The start is also a key because you've got to get out faster than everybody and start running — maintain your pace faster. The object of the 100, the first person to get to their top speed is even more likely to win."

East Jessamine's Cody Parks won the 3,200 meters, sweet redemption after the Jaguars' first-place 4-by-800 relay was disqualified for cutting off a runner. With East Jessamine bumped, Mercer County moved up to the top spot in the relay.

Boyle County also got a relay victory, in the 4-by-100.

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