Tates Creek rose to the occasion and swept the boys’ and girls team titles at the Class 3A, Region 6 championship Friday evening on its home track.
Creek's boys came away with 123 points to eclipse Henry Clay (89) and Paul Laurence Dunbar (78). The girls scored 142.5 points to edge defending state champion Bryan Station (134). Henry Clay's girls finished third with 76.5 points.
Alex Mortimer swept the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs for the Tates Creek boys. He also helped the Creekers to a second-place finish in the 4-by-800 relay.
Perhaps the highlight of the meet was Ben Stone’s 15-foot leap in the pole vault, which tied a school record and set a record for the facility. He did that about 10 minutes after setting a meet record at 14 feet, 6 inches.
“At the beginning of the year I set my goal at 14 feet, and I would have been fine with that,” Stone said. “I’m happy I’m doing good. Just setting small goals and progressing.”
The girls’ victory came out looking quite impressive considering their 4-by-100 relay team — which boasted a state-best time of 48.48 seconds entering Friday — was disqualified after a false start.
“That 4-by-100 hurt because we have a senior on there who has worked really hard to get there,” Tates Creek Coach Chris Hawboldt said. “Tyanne Bentley has been one of the rocks of this program. That one hurt for her. It hurt us as a team only because we know it hurts for her.”
Bentley could take some solace in qualifying for state after finishing second in the girls’ 200 and first as part of the 4-by-400 relay team. Her 100 time of :12.47 was good for fourth and should put her in state as well.
Brooke Raglin, a Bryan Station junior who missed much of the season with a torn hamstring, fared well in her return to competition. She won the 100 and ran the second leg of Station’s first-place 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 relay teams.
Raglin was fifth in the girls’ 200; Lafayette freshman Trinity Gay — daughter of Tyson — came away with a first-place finish in that event. She ran second to Raglin in the 100.
Complete Class 3A, Region 6 track-and-field results
The meet was originally scheduled for Saturday morning but was moved to Friday earlier in the week due to weather concerns. It and the Class 2A, Region 7 meet were the only track-and-field regionals held Friday.
“That was a good decision for everybody,” Hawboldt said. “This meet right here, you’re looking at the top in the state. We watched (Dunbar’s) Will Allen, (Henry Clay’s) Jaron Brooks, (Lafayette’s) Kristina Leggas, Ben Stone, Brooke Raglin. ... This region is so hard and so talented, it needs to be on a day like today.”