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Girls Class 2A track: Adair sweeps sprints, leads Western Hills to title

Alisha Adair, with Western Hills, crosses the line to win the 2A 400 meter dash championship Friday May, 18, 2012 at the state track meet in Louisville. Photo by John Flavell
Alisha Adair, with Western Hills, crosses the line to win the 2A 400 meter dash championship Friday May, 18, 2012 at the state track meet in Louisville. Photo by John Flavell Herald-Leader

LOUISVILLE — With the team title in the girls' Class 2A State Track and Field Meet coming down to the final event, Western Hills had an ace in the hole Friday.

Alisha Adair, who already had swept the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprints, led off the Wolverines' 4-by-400 relay.

Teammates Alaina Hall, Anna Curlin and Harper Jones did the rest, bringing home a first-place finish in a 2A meet-record 4 minutes, 62 hundredths of a second.

Western Hills scored 10 points in the relay for a team total of 65.

Relay runner-up Central also finished second in the team standings with 61.

Christian Adair, father of Alisha and in his fourth year as coach of the Wolverines, was confident in his team.

"Yeah, I was," he said. "I just told them to do their best, do what they've done all year and if everybody put it together, we should win."

As for his daughter, "she's been wanting to win all three forever," the coach said. "She's been wanting to win the four-by-four forever. She led the way."

Alisha, a junior, won the 100 in 12.32, in front of North Oldham's Brianne Brown.

Adair's 25.33 for 200 beat Central's Jaylyn Johnson.

In the 400, it was Adair in 56.53, followed by Caldwell County's Nikki Payne.

"We've done speed training this week, so she's a little bit faster," Christian Adair said. "She's actually been laid off about 31/2 weeks because she's had a hamstring injury. She had tape all over her.

"She had a little rest. She did some endurance stuff and she's like 'I'm going to run the best I can.' She had a lot of heart."

North Oldham's Brown set a 2A record of 18 feet, 61/2 inches in the long jump, knocking off defending champ Michaela Hunter of Rockcastle County.

Brown also suffered heartbreak in the 100-meter hurdles. Battling for first as she approached the final barrier, she clobbered the hurdle, fell and finished last.

West Jessamine junior Abby Wiggins, running in the next lane, maintained focus and beat Central's Johnson, 15.26 to 15.35.

"It's crazy," Wiggins said. "Coming in, I knew that (Brown's) time was like half-a-second faster than mine, so I knew it was going to take something like that to win it."

She admitted to mixed feelings about Brown's result.

"I was like 'OK, she's right there.' She hit that hurdle, I felt bad for her but I was like 'yes!'" Wiggins said. "I trained so hard all year and I just wanted to win that race. Coming out, I've been shaking all day. I'm just happy I got it over with, and just ready for the 300s now."

In the 300s, though, Johnson reversed the order, topping Wiggins 45.90 to 46.89.

Rockcastle's Hunter bounced back to defend her title and set a 2A triple-jump record of 38-31/4.

Teammate Amy Johnson, a junior, won the discus with a throw of 108-0.

"I feel pretty good about it. I had some good throws," Amy Johnson said. "It's amazing. I've worked so hard for this. It's awesome."

Madison Southern won the 4-by-200 relay, and Hart County's Lindsey Burd repeated as champion in the shot put.

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