After winning a handful of individual and relay state titles in Class A last season, the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats make the jump to Class AA this season.
Among Trigg’s top finishers last season that helped the Lady ‘Cats finish fourth and the Wildcats take 14th overall, Scotty Mayes was the only senior. He finished fourth in the 100-meter dash, sixth in the long jump and was on the state champion 4x200-meter relay with three returning runners – seniors Brandon Bridges and Dustin White and junior Jalik Alexander. White also finished 10th in the triple jump.
Amanda Lawrence, a member of the 14th-place 4x800-meter relay team, was last year’s only Lady ‘Cat senior. All of Trigg’s top girls performers return, including senior Abigail Torian, the defending champ in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and, along with senior Janada Acree, freshman Shelby Grubbs and eighth-grader Khadijah Grubbs, champs of last year’s 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relays.
Acree also finished third in the high jump, and Shelby Grubbs was sixth in the 200-meter dash.
All that talent has the team excited about its chances in 2009, Torian said.
“Even though we’ve moved up a class, we’re still trying to keep winning,” Torian said. “We want to win what we won last year and try to get some of our new people to state. It’s going to take everybody scoring points, because we’re not that big of a team.”
Girls coach Jim Garnett has high expectations for the season, as well.
“This has the potential to be one of the best years we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Garnett said. “This is a team to get excited about. We’re running with bigger schools like Paducah Tilghman, which is unbelievably talented. Their strengths are our strengths, and I think we’re a little more talented in the sprints.”
(For the rest of the story, check out this week's edition of the Cadiz Record.)