Lady Titans with strong finish at Heart of Bluegrass; Boys finish third

Arpan Dixit
Herald Staff
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The 32nd annual Heart of the Bluegrass track meet was held Saturday, April 21, at Alvis Johnson Field.

The Mercer County girls track team finished in second place, behind Boyle County, with 103 points.

The Mercer County boys track team finished third place, behind Boyle County and Frederick Douglass, with 72 points.

The Burgin Bulldogs boys track team finished in 16th place out of 23 teams, with 10 points.

Mercer County Girls

Sophomore Jasmine Claunch was the high point scorer for the Lady Titans with 26 points. She was second overall in the triple jump with a 10.85 meter jump (35-07.25 feet) and second in the long jump with a 4.97 meter jump (16-04.00 feet).

Claunch placed fourth overall with sophomores Abby Steele and Calicia Smith, along with freshman Jacey Catlett, in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 53.62 seconds.

In the 4×400 meter relay, Claunch, Abby Steele, sophomore Haley Blevins and freshman Harlee Settles placed fourth overall with a time of 4:24.26.

Freshmen Emma Leitenberger, Erin Darland, Emily Steele and Katherine Schroeder placed eighth in the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 11:40.86.

Settles placed fourth overall in the 100 meter hurdles in 17.56 seconds. She placed third in the 300 meter hurdles in 50.71 seconds. She also placed fifth in the high jump with a 1.32 meter jump (4-04.00 feet).

Freshman Corban Profitt placed 18th in the 100 meter dash in 14.51 seconds. Profitt placed 15th in the 400 meter dash in 1:09.77.

Catlett, Abby Steele, Smith and junior Aubrey Jones placed eighth in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:54.48.

Jones placed fourth in the 300 meter hurdles in 51.02 seconds.

Blevins placed second in the 1600 meter run in 5:26.10.Seventh grader Clayra Darnell placed ninth in the same event, with a time of 5:51.12.

Blevins finished third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:27.87. Leitenberger finished in 14th  in the same event in 2:48.54.

Abby Steele finished sixth overall in the 200 meter dash in 27.29 seconds. Smith finished 13th in the same event in 28.31 seconds.

Darnell finished eighth in the 3200 meter run in 13:25.94.

Sophomore Zoe Yeast placed second in the shot put event with a 11.20 meter throw (36-09.00 feet). She finished first place in the discus throw with a 33.24 meter throw (109-01 feet).

Senior Zharia Yeast finished fourth in the shot put event with a 10.61 meter throw (34-10.00 feet).

Sophomore Raegan Preston placed fourth in the pole vault event with a vault of 1.98 meters (6-06.00 feet). Sophomore Meghan Mays tied Preston with the same score.

Mercer County Boys

Senior Aaron Johnson was responsible for 33 out of the total 72 points for the boys team.

He placed first overall in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.16 seconds, first overall in the 300 meter hurdles in 38.99 seconds, fourth overall in the long jump with a 6.65 meter jump (21-10.00 feet) and second overall in the high jump with a jump of 1.87 meters (6-02.00 feet). Sophomore Lukas Jones placed third overall in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.61 seconds. Junior Carter Edelen placed 22nd in the 300 meter hurdles in 51.84 seconds.

Johnson received some hardware after the meet for being the most outstanding male performer and highest point scorer.

Juniors Andrew Turpin and Toshi Smith, along with seniors Ty Divine and Brandon Ballard placed third overall in the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 8:38.82.

Eighth grader Brayden Dunn finished in 30th place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.87 seconds. Freshman Trevor Allen placed 33rd in the same event in 13.23 seconds.

Sophomore Reece Lanham, freshman Jalen Lukitsch, Dunn and seventh grader Beau Brown placed 11th overall in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:41.04.

Junior Gavin Murphy finished 38th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:57.30.

Allen, Dunn, Lukitsch and Lanham placed 13th overall in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 48.92 seconds.

Turpin placed 15th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 56.17 seconds. Lukitsch placed 21st in the same event in 58.14 seconds. Freshman Noah Davis also placed in the event, finishing 24th in 59.10 seconds.

Divine finished second in the 800 meter run, with a time of 2:01.22. Ballard finished fourth in the same event in 2:08.02.

Senior Mishi Easterling placed 15th in the 200 meter dash in 24.16 seconds. He also placed third in the long jump with a 6.76 meter jump (22-02.25 feet) and ninth in the triple jump with a 12.06 meter jump (39-07.00 feet). Eighth grader Matthew Mays placed 12th in the triple jump with a 11.50 meter jump (37-09.00 feet).

Divine, Ballard, Turpin and Smith finished second in the 4×400 meter relay, with a time of 3:39.54.

Senior Blake Russell finished 14th in the shot put event with a 11.55 meter throw (37-11.00 feet). Sophomore Bryson Yeast placed 20th in the same event with a 10.87 meter throw (35-08.00 feet).

Junior Sam Warren placed 12th in the discus throw, with a 32.96 meter throw (108-02 feet).

Burgin Boys

Senior Trevar Lay was the high point scorer for Burgin with 10 out of the 10 total points for the Bulldogs. He placed sixth overall in the 1600 meter run in 4:52.38 and seventh in the 3200 meter run in 10:46.85. Lay, juniors Daylan Hodges and Drew Hatfield, along with senior Hunter Preston, placed fourth in the 4×800 meter relay in 9:08.62. Lay, Hatfield, Preston and eighth grader Travis Stewart finished 12th in the 4×400 meter relay in 4:04.58.

Preston finished 20th in the 400 meter dash in 58.10 seconds. He also finished 16th in the 800 meter run in 2:17.64.

Hodges placed 16th overall in the 110 meter hurdles in 20.70 seconds. He placed 10th in the pole vault event, with a 2.59 meter vault (8-06.00 feet).

Eighth grader Darren Reeves finished in 35th place in the 100 meter dash in 13.90 seconds, while Stewart finished 37th in 14.27 seconds. Reeves finished 31st in the 200 meter dash in 28.82 seconds, while Stewart finished 33rd in 29.01 seconds.

Hatfield placed 31st in the 1600 meter run in 5:30.33. He also placed 31st in the 400 meter dash in 1:04.01.

Senior Cade Shearer placed 13th in the shot put event with an 11.70 meter throw (38-05.00 feet). Junior Steven McCowan placed 27th in the same event, with a 10.26 meter throw (33-08.00 feet).

McCowan finished 19th in the discus throw with a 30.14 meter throw (98-11 feet).

Burgin Girls

Seventh grader Anderson Taylor finished 28th in the 100 meter dash in 15.69 seconds. Eighth grader Chelsea Caudill finished 29th in the same event with a time of 16.80 seconds.

Eighth graders Ellie Jenkins, Keira Propes and Avery Harmon, along with Taylor, finished 14th in the 4×200 meter relay in 2:14.55.

Jenkins finished 31st in the 1600 meter run in 7:21.78. Propes finished behind her in 32nd in 7:57.32.

Taylor and Caudill, along with eighth graders Abbie Church and Lilly Essex, finished 15th in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 1:04.37.

Harmon placed 23rd in the 400 meter dash in 1:14.92, while Caudill finished 28th in 1:18.72.

Jenkins fnished 19th in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.58.

Harmon finished 27th in the 800 meter run in 3:00.13, while eighth grader Rebecca Biggs finished 29th in 3:01.47.

Church came in 33rd in the 200 meter dash in 33.46 seconds, while Biggs finished 35th in 33.58 seconds.

Harmon, Biggs, Church and Jenkins finished 11th in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 5:17.93.

Essex placed 29th in the shot put event with a 5.60 meter throw (18-04.00 feet). Essex also competed in the discus throw, placing 24th, with a 17.34 meter throw (56-11 feet).

Mercer County and Burgin will be back on the track on Friday, April 27, when they travel to Boyle County High School for the Boyle County Invitational. Events are set to start at 5:30 p.m.

Burgin’s Avery Harmon gets on her mark during the 400 meter dash at Heart of the Bluegrass. (Photo by Arpan Dixit)

Burgin’s Cade Shearer uses all his power during the shot put event at Heart of the Bluegrass. (Photo by Arpan Dixit)

Mercer’s Mishi Easterling flies through the air in the long jump event at Heart of the Bluegrass. (Photo by Arpan Dixit)

Mercer’s Meghan Mays uses her strength in the pole vault event at Heart of the Bluegrass. (Photo by Arpan Dixit)

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