Wildcats run past competition at Murray track meet
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Trigg County’s boys swept to a first place finish at the Murray High All-Comers Meet April 19 in Murray, winning six events and running away with the field.

Trigg’s girls continued to show signs of improvement, winning one event and claiming six top three finishes on their way to a fourth place finish.

The boys scored 133 points, well ahead of second place Calloway County (92) and third place Marshall County (80). Murray (72) was fourth and Mayfield (62) was fifth.

Trigg won three of the five field events, with freshman Scottie Mayes winning the long jump with a distance of 21-feet, 6-inches.

"That’s the fartherest I’ve ever had one jump since I’ve been a coach here, and I’m not sure where that stands among the school’s best. He definitely turned some heads with that jump," said Wildcat track coach James Shelton.

Jeremy Jones took first place in the high jump (6-feet, 2-inches) and was third in the long jump (19-feet, 11-inches).

Steven Wadlington was first in the shot put with a heave of 45-feet, 2-inches and third in the discus throw at 119-feet, 6-inches.

"Steve has been bothered by a hand injury, but it seems to be getting better, and his distances are also getting better," Shelton said.

Taylor McGee was fourth in the shot put (41-11) and the discus throw (109-10), and Stephon Smithers further helped Trigg dominate the field events with a third place finish in both the high jump (5-feet, 8-inches), and triple jump (37-feet, 5-inches).

Frank Russell was second in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.43 seconds, while Mayes was fourth in 11.51 seconds.

Aaron Acree scored some points for the Wildcats with a third place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (49.07 seconds) and a fourth place finish in the 110-hurdles (18.16).

"Aaron is starting to score for us in the hurdles, and we’re continuing to work with his technique to make him better," Shelton said of the freshman.

Dane Bolton was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (50.03 seconds) and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (19.56 seconds).

Dennis Acree won the 400-meter run in a time of 52 seconds and finished third in the 200-meters in 23.71 seconds – just .23 seconds behind the winner.

Greg Acree was fifth in the 400-meter run in a time of 56.36 seconds, but aggravated an ankle injury and did not compete in the relays.

Trigg County’s 400 and 1600-meter relay teams remained unbeaten after a pair of wins.

The 400-meter team of Russell, Wadlington, Mayes, and Dennis Acree edged Murray by .57 seconds in a time of 45.14 seconds, while the 1600-meter team of Jones, Smithers, Mayes, and Dennis Acree cruised to a first place finish in a time of 3:44, a full second ahead of Marshall County.

"We had a good showing at the meet, and it’s the first time we’ve had everyone here for a meet which made a difference. Now we have to get everyone healthy," Shelton said.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Wildcats finished fourth with 69 points. Mayfield won with 96 points, followed by Marshall County (91) and Calloway County (70).

Crystal Bacon took first place in the discus throw with a toss of 77-feet, 11-inches – some four feet better than teammate Tasha Woods, who was second at 73-feet, 4-inches.

Bacon also took fifth in the shot put with a distance of 26-feet, 1-inch, while Laquisha Boyd was fourth at 26-feet, 9-inches.

Melanie Want was third in the long jump with a distance of 14-feet, 3-inches.

The 3200-meter relay team of Brittany Rexing, Melissa Taylor, Stephanie Thorpe, and Amanda Craig finished second in a time of 12:47.

Also taking second place was the 1600-meter relay team of Lanika Mayes, Taylor Bryant, Sarah Woodall, and Brittany Rexing in a time of 4:56.

Janada Acree was third in the 100-meter dash (13.82) and sixth in the 200-meters in a time of 29.12 seconds.

Taylor Bryant was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 20.12 seconds.

Lanika Mayes was fifth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:07.

Annie Woods was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 59 seconds.

"We’re becoming more competitive, but we need to get better in our field events, especially the jumps. But you can see them improving each week," Shelton said.

Trigg County is scheduled to run at Caldwell County Thursday and host a pole vault only meet Monday at Perdue Field.

Their next invitational will be at Madisonville May 6.
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