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Raising The Bar: Titans Track Win Patriot Games

The Harrodsburg Herald/Wesley Bird
Mercer high jumper Ralasia Piazza clears the bar on her jump, a personal record of 5 feet, which helped the Titan girls win the Patriot Games on Saturday, April 2.

Wesley Bird
Herald Staff

The Mercer County track and field team continued their domination with wins for both the boys and girls in the 2022 Patriot Games hosted by Lincoln County High School Saturday, April 2.

The Titans ruled the podium with 18 gold medals, eight silver medals and two bronze medals. They also set 10 new meet records including an impressive showing by the boys 4×200 relay team finishing with a time of 1:31. Lleyton Penn added in 18 points in the throwing events with first place in shot put and second place in discus.  Senior Matthew Mays took first place in both triple jump and long jump along with second place in high jump. Sam Walls collected 10 points with a first place height of 7-6 in pole vault. Head Coach Terry Yeast adds to his resume with a clean sweep of the boys relay races winning all four events and setting three new meet records in the process.

The boys team finished the meet with 171 points which was more than second and third  place combined. Southwestern took second place with 68 points and Estill County finished third with 63 points.

Mercer’s girls track team had seven members present for the Patriot games and still came out on top with a commanding 118 points. East Jessamine took second place with 106 points and Lincoln County rounded out the podium with 66 points.

Junior Jai Marie Piazza was queen of the points with four first place finishes to bring home the Sam Singleton High Point Scorer Award and 40 points for the Titans. Ralasia Piazza had herself a day as well setting two new personal records with a second place finish in triple jump and a 5 foot winning height on high jump.  Clayra Darnell took çare of the long distance collecting 30 points in her four events on the track. Lindsay Jessie finished in third place for Mercer in shot put with a distance of 26-07.

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