Trigg has sights on high region finish
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor -
May 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County is in position to send several competitors to the 2A state championship meet as the 1st Region Championship nears.

The region meet is set for next Saturday at Paducah Tilghman, and Trigg has several competitors at or near the top of the region and the state in a number of events.

“State’s going to be tough, but we can have a run at regionals,” Trigg head coach Jim Garnett said.

Currently, the Lady Wildcats have a pair of individuals – Abigail Torian and Janada Acree – at the top of the state, as well as the speed relay combination of Torian, Acree, Shelby Grubbs and Kadijah Grubbs.

That group set a school record in the 4x100-meter relay April 25 at the Paducah Tilghman Invitational with a 50-second time.

“In the 4x200, we’re about a second and a half off the state record and about two seconds ahead of everybody,” Garnett said. “We’re way ahead, but I want to see some records fall.”

Torian has the state’s top time in the 100-meter dash and is second in the 200-meter, while Acree leads in the high jump.

“We’ve made a late push with our [4x400-meter relay] team, and we’ve got a 4x800 team that’s on the verge of qualifying,” Garnett said. “We’re ranked pretty high in the mile, and we’re a little young in the half-mile.”

Trigg missed a meet Thursday due to weather and rescheduled to compete Tuesday in the Twilight Relays at Marshall County (results unavailable at press time) and at a fill-the-lanes event Thursday at Murray State University.

Other than a preference for warm weather, Garnett said Trigg’s athletes are ready for the region meet.

“We’ve got some shin splints, but other than that, we’re at 100 percent health,” Garnett said. “We’re as healthy as we’ve been all year. We’ve got shin splints mostly because we have to run on this asphalt track. We need a rubberized track.”

As for state, Garnett said he sees Trigg, Louisville Central and Rockcastle County as the top three squads and that he just wants to see Trigg perform the best it can.

“We want to score as many points as we can, and it’s going to take a collaborative effort,” Garnett said. “All of our kids need to get together and have an outstanding day. I’m looking at 60 points being our mark to hit, and we’re at about 53 right now.”
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