MOUNT STERLING — Henry Clay's boys and Bryan Station's girls walked off — no, make that ran off — with the hardware Friday night in the Class 3A, Region 6 track and field meet at Montgomery County High School.
Henry Clay's boys totaled 118 points to edge Tates Creek with 105. Defending champion Bryan Station placed third with 91.
"It's been a while since we've had a regional championship," Blue Devils Coach Demetrius Gay said. "A complete team effort tonight."
On the girls' side, defending region and state champion Bryan Station racked up 140.6 points. Henry Clay edged Dunbar for second place, 76-75.
"We had a couple little slip-ups tonight," Defenders Coach Kathy Broadnax said. "I just told them they're kind of like teething problems and it was kind of good it happened. Everyone has made it through to State, and that's really what our focus is. So this is a nice stepping-stone into next week."
The top two finishers in each region event qualify for the State Meet, to be held May 23 at the University of Kentucky. In addition, the next 10 best performers from around the state in each event will qualify for the State Meet.
Henry Clay's boys were led by senior sprinter DeQuan Robinson. He defended titles in the 100 and 200, and also anchored the Blue Devils' winning 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 relays.
"I didn't think I could do that," Robinson said after finishing his night with a win in the 200. "My leg was hurting before the race. ... In my hamstring and in my calf. It was getting tight. And I was like, 'I've just got to do it for my team. This is my last year.'"
Asked which event pleased him most, Robinson declared "everything."
The 200 was a thriller, with Robinson holding off hard-charging William Allen of Dunbar, 21.20 to 21.23. Robinson broke the long-standing school record of 21.3 set by Allen Franklin.
Robinson and Allen also went 1-2 in the 100, clocking 10.70 and 10.72, respectively.
Allen won the 400 in 47.60 and helped the Bulldogs win the 4-by-400 relay in 3:22.28.
Henry Clay also had a double winner in Jaron Brooks, who took the high jump at 6-10 and the long jump at 22-51/2.
Bryan Station had a double winner as Isaiah McCall prevailed in the 110- and 300-meter hurdle events, timed in 14.82 and 39.26.
Lafayette's Landon Young repeated as winner in the shot put (52-81/2) and discus (166-10).
Ben Young of Tates Creek had no problem defending his title in the 1,600 meters in 4:26.31. He came into the race with a 10-second cushion over his closest competition.
"It was nice to come in knowing that I was able to run a lot faster than the other people," Young said. "I knew coming in that if I went in overconfident or cocky then one of them would surprise me."
Young placed third in last year's State Meet, and he has high hopes for this time around.
"I think I have a good chance," he said. "The Dream Mile showed I'm able to stick with the best of them. Hopefully I'll be able to repeat that at State."
Young also placed second in the 800, behind Dunbar's Elijah Olige, and third in the 3,200. Lafayette's Thomas Hill won the long race in 10:03.20.
In girls' action, Bryan Station sophomore Brooke Raglin successfully defended titles in the 100 and 200. She also anchored the winning 4-by-200 relay and second-place 4-by-100 relay.
She said she was especially pleased by her win in the 200, timed in 24.78.
"Out of the blocks, I got out good," Raglin said. "Most of the time I got out slow, but I got out fast. In the curve, I just ran my hardest. ... And I didn't get tired."
Dunbar's Annie Vandenberg swept the 800 and 1,600 in 2:24.78 and 5:17.30.