The Mercer County track teams can add a couple more trophies to the hallways of Mercer County Senior High School. The boys team defended their 5th Region Class 2A championship at Boyle County High School for on Saturday, May 13. The Lady Titans brought home the runner-up hardware, finishing second to hosting Boyle County.
For Burgin, the Bulldogs placed fourth in boys and 10th in girls.
Region and state competition are divided into classes. Here is a recap of the day’s events.
The Titans had a strong showing over the weekend and they will be well-represented at state individually. Junior Aaron Johnson dominated the 100 meter hurdles, as he has all season, finishing first with a time of 14.96. His teammate, freshman Lukas Jones, placed second with a time of 15.77.
Like the 100 meter hurdles, two Titans finished in the top two of the 300 meter hurdles as well. Johnson placed first with a time of 40.27 and senior Dustin Baker finished behind him in second with a time of 40.92. This qualifies Johnson and Jones for state competition in the 110 meter hurdles, and Johnson and Baker qualified in the 300 meter hurdles.
On the girls’ side, first and second places were separated by 20 points in the overall standings.
Senior Hailey Stinnett placed first in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:28.19, qualifying her for state. Junior Faith Lake finished fifth in the event with a time of 2:39.58.
Freshman Haley Blevins finished second in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:22.11 while her teammate, freshman Emma Leitenberger, finished eighth with a time of 6:09.79. Blevins also won the 3200 meter run with a time of 12:04.83. This qualifies Blevins for state in the 3200 meter run and also the 1600 meter run.
Senior Alexis Claunch, junior Annie Compton, juniors Zhunai Yeast and junior Hannah Yulee finished second in the 4×100 meter relay with a 55.14 time, qualifying them for state.
Blevins, juniors Lexy Lake, F. Lake and Stinnett also placed first in the 4×800 meter relay with a 10:03.56 time, qualifying them for state.
Senior Kim Ramirez placed second in the pole vault event with a 8-06.00 vault, qualifying her for state.
Freshman Zoe Yeast, who has looked impressive in her throws all season long, won the discus throw with a 126-07 throw. Yeast also placed second in the shot put with a 36-03.00 throw, which qualifies her for state in both the shot put and discus throws.
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