Wildcats win third straight region track title
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Trigg County won their third consecutive boys’ Class A Region I track and field title Saturday at Murray State University and will take a collection of athletes to Lexington this weekend to challenge for a state title.

The Wildcats totaled 124 points, well ahead of second place Hancock County (85) and third place Crittenden County (70) in the 12-team event.

St. Mary, Murray, and Mayfield rounded out the top six.

On the girls’ side, Trigg County finished sixth out of 12 teams with 39 points.

Mayfield and Russellville tied for the region title with 73 points, barely edging Murray by one point and Fulton County by two points.

"Three region championships in a row is a great accomplishment for this team," Wildcat track coach James Shelton said. "We’ve had a team win the region title in boys or girls track the past five years."

Trigg County had four first place finishes on the afternoon, led by strong finishes in the field and relay events. 73 of Trigg County’s points came in the field events, Shelton said.

The top two finishers at the region meet and the next best four finishers from across the state qualify for this weekend’s state meet in Lexington. A person or relay team can also qualify by meeting a minimum standard established by the KHSAA.

Jeremy Jones bettered his school record that he set two weeks ago in the high jump with a winning jump of 6-feet, 6-inches. Hancock County’s Jordan Doyle also reached 6-6, but Jones won on the tiebreaker.

Dennis Acree won the 400-meter run in a time of 54.1 seconds – his second straight region title in the event.

Steven Wadlington finished second to Murray’s Cory Zirbel in both the shot put and discus throw.

Wadlington’s heave in the shot put of 47-feet, 8-inches was six inches shy of Zirbel. His toss of 135-feet, 10-inches in the discus throw was 16 feet behind Zirbel, the defending state champion in the event.

Taylor McGee qualified for the state meet by finishing third in the shot put with a toss of 44-feet, 6-inches. He also finished fifth in the discus throw with a distance of 114 feet.

Freshman Scottie Mayes finished third in the 200-meter run in a time of 23.3 seconds and qualified for the state meet as the fastest non-automatic qualifier in the state.

Mayes and Jones also qualified in the long jump by finishing third and fourth respectively. Mayes’ best jump was 21-feet, 6-inches, while Jones had a jump of 21-feet, 2-inches. Both distances were better than the 19-feet, 10-inch minimum needed to qualify.

"Thank goodness for the automatic qualifier. Either Jeremy or Scottie would have won any other region with their distance, but they jump in the toughest region in the state," Shelton said.

Stephon Smithers finished fourth in the high jump with a height of six feet, but bettered the minimum standard by two inches and qualified for the state meet. He also finished third in the triple jump with a distance of 38-feet, 10-inches.

Aaron Acree came in fifth place in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.5 seconds and finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 47 seconds.

Frank Russell suffered a hamstring injury while running the 100-meter dash and finished in sixth place. He also finished eighth in the 200-meter dash (25.7).

Greg Acree finished seventh in the 400-meter run in 59.3 seconds.

Barron Adams (2:24) finished eighth in the 800-meter run, while Landen Burcham took 12 in 2:34.

In the pole vault event held May 24 at Perdue Field in Cadiz, Michael Mosely took first place with a height of 9-feet, 6-inches, while Barron Adams was second at eight feet.

Trigg County posted a pair of relay wins, with the 400-meter squad of Dennis Acree, Aaron Acree, Scottie Mayes, and Steven Wadlington finishing in 44.6 seconds.

The 1600-meter relay team of Mayes, Dennis Acree, Greg Acree, and Stephon Smithers had no trouble winning, beating Ballard Memorial across the finish line by seven seconds in 3:34.

The 800-meter relay team of the Acree brothers, Smithers, and Aaron Acree finished second in 1:35.2 and was edged at the finish by two-tenths of a second by Murray.

For the girls, eighth grader Melanie Want qualified for the state meet in the long jump with a distance of 15-feet, 1-inch. He jump was good for third place in the meet and was third-best in the state among those who didn’t finish in the top two.

Want also tied for seventh place in the high jump with a height of 4-feet, 4-inches.

Laquisha Boyd finished third in the shot put with a toss of 29-feet, 11-inches, but qualified for the state meet as the third-best non-automatic qualifier.

In the 400-meter run, Lanika Mayes won her preliminary heat in 1:05 and followed it up with a 1:06 in the finals, which was good for third place.

Mayes, a junior, returned to the track this year after undergoing knee surgery last year. She qualified for the state meet in the 400-meters as a freshman.

Crystal Bacon finished fifth in the discus throw with a heave of 71-feet, 5-inches, and was 14th in the shot put at 24-feet, 6-inches.

Taylor Bryant came in fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.2 seconds, while teammate Annie Woods was eighth in 19.6 seconds.

Janada Acree finished ninth in the 200-meters in a time of 29.5 seconds.

Markita Vinson finished tenth in the 800-meter run with a time of 3:16.

Toni Walker (12-feet, 2-inches) finished 14th in the long jump, and Ellen Freeman (21-feet, 8-inches) took 14th in the triple jump.

Trigg County’s 800-meter relay team of Janada Acree, Jasmine Kale, Melanie Want, and Lanika Mayes took second place in 1:54 and qualified for the state meet by edging Hancock County by a tenth of a second.

"We’re taking five girls to the state meet and only one (Mayes) has run there before, so that will be good experience for them," Shelton said.

The 400-meter relay team of Acree, Mayes, Kale, and Want finished in third place with a time of 54.7 seconds.

Despite the third place finish, the team qualified for this weekend’s state meet by posting the second-fastest time among relay teams in the state that did not finish first or second.

The 3200-meter relay team finished fifth in 12:58, while the 1600-meter relay team was sixth in 4:39.

The State Track Meet gets underway Friday afternoon with preliminary races on the track and finals in six field events at the Shively Sports Complex at the University of Kentucky.

Last year, Trigg County’s boys finished third – their best finish in 10 years at the state meet. Shelton would like to see the same kind of finish again this year.

"A top three finish would be great for us. We just don’t have that individual dominant runner that can win several events and allow a team to score the 80 or 90 points needed to win," he said.

The state meet will continue Saturday with finals on the track and in other field events.
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