High School Sports

LexCath boys, Central girls dominate state track championships

Western Hills Alisha Adair, left tries to stay ahead of Louisville Central's Gretel Caballero in the girls 100 Meter Dash during the KHSAA State Track Championships Friday, May 17, 2013 in Louisville, Ky..  Photo by Timothy D. Easley
Western Hills Alisha Adair, left tries to stay ahead of Louisville Central's Gretel Caballero in the girls 100 Meter Dash during the KHSAA State Track Championships Friday, May 17, 2013 in Louisville, Ky.. Photo by Timothy D. Easley Herald-Leader

LOUISVILLE — With a pair of aces in Andrew Vollet and Nicholas Laureano, Lexington Catholic was flush with success Friday in the Class 2A State Track and Field Meet.

The Knights ran away with boys' team honors at the University of Louisville with 75 points. Runner-up Tilghman had 48, just ahead of Mason County's 45.

Vollet got Catholic started with dominating performances in the shot put and discus, and Laureano added wins in the 800 and 1,600 meters.

Catholic earned 40 points for those four wins, then nearly matched that with depth.

"We've been working hard," said Michael Vanek, in his fifth season as coach of the Knights. "They did well. We've got a great bunch kids, a very disciplined group of kids this year. ... A lot of young new guys who hadn't run before, especially on the sprints group, but they started doing well. They figured out what it took and they've done it.

"We just really, really excited. We knew there was an outside chance, but I didn't think it would be like this. I really didn't."

Central took girls' honors with 105 points, followed by North Oldham with 67½ . Western Hills edged Boyle County for third, 50-45¼.

Double dynamite

Vollet, who won the shot at 54-7 a year ago, blew that out of the water on his first try of an impressive series.

"I was excited last year because I wasn't really expecting to win," he said. "But this year, I think, is more exciting because of how far I threw."

Opening at 59-6½ , Vollet then went 60-6¾, 60-6 and 61-2.

After a long foot foul, Vollet stretched out to 63-9¼ on his final throw.

"The fifth one and sixth one, I tried to go after it more. And, the fifth one, I kind of pushed too much into it," said Vollet, who will compete for Miami (Ohio) next year. "So on the last one I tried to get it up more."

Although he won by more than 11 feet, Vollet missed the 2A record of 65-7½ set by Mason County's Andy Fryman in 2003.

"I was kind of chasing my own personal record at this meet," said Vollet, whose previous best was 61-8.

Vollet then threw the discus 179-1 to win by more than 20 feet over Tilghman's Jalom Chisom.

Laureano, a Notre Dame-bound senior, opened his meet with a 4:22.74 victory in the 1,600, trailed by Nick Robinson of Mason County in 4:26.63.

"The goal was just to defend," Laureano said. "It's the first time I ever had to defend anything and I guess the last time I'll ever defend anything as a high school kid — or probably ever."

Laureano also contended for much of the 3,200 run before running out of gas and fading to 13th.

University of Kentucky football recruit Ryan Timmons of Franklin County swept the 100 (11.06) and 200 (22.29). The 100 title was his third in a row; the 200, his second straight.

Most meaningful was, he said, "probably the 100 the most, winning it three times in a row."

Girls: Adair shines

Central had no problem unseating 2012 champion Western Hills.

Jaylyn Johnson won the 100-meter hurdles and 200 dash, Demondrea Starnes doubled in the long and triple jump, and the Yellowjackets captured three relays.

Western Hills had a shining star, though.

Alisha Adair, who will compete for Kentucky next year, won the 200 for the eighth year in a row. Combined with relay and other individual events, it was her 12th state crown.

"I felt good; not the best," Adair said. "Unfortunately, I've been battling a respiratory infection. It's kind of making me feel weak, but I got a win. State champion my eighth year in a row. Today, if anything, I wanted to make sure I maintained that, so I feel good."

Teammate Anna Curlin won the 400.

Earlier, Knox Central's Cassidy Shippy sprinted to a 12.58 victory in the 100. Defending champion Adair placed fourth in 12.85.

West Jessamine's Abby Wiggins upended Central's Johnson, 44.77 to 44.98 in the 300-meter hurdles.

"I got out really good. I knew if I hit the first hurdle right I would hit the rest of them with the right leg," Wiggins said. "I hit the first one right, I knew I had to keep it up. I was right behind Jaylyn, who beat me last year, so I knew if I passed her and just held my pace I would win it. I hit the last curve here and my coach (Sharrieffa Barksdale) was standing there and I heard her yelling 'Go!' And I just dropped my arms and went for it."

Logan Arnold, Nikki Coffey, Hannah Harris and Hannah Robertson combined on Boyle County's class-record-setting 4-by-800 relay. The Rebels finished in 9:43.42, besting the record of 9:45.00 set by Mercy in 2002.


State Track and Field Meet

Where: Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park at the University of Louisville

Class A: 8 a.m.

Class 3A: 3 p.m.

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