Jeremy Jones won a pair of field events, and three relay teams claimed first place to push Trigg County to a second place finish at the Class A State Track and Field Championships over the weekend in Lexington.
Trigg’s total of 79 points trailed only Bardstown, who won their second consecutive Class A state title with 97.5 points.
The finish was Trigg County’s best showing in Lexington since winning the state title in 1995.
Trigg County won five events, one more than Bardstown, but their lack of entries in the sprint and distance events proved to be the difference.
Bardstown picked up 31 points in the 100, 200, and 800-meters in addition to two hurdle events. Only Scotty Mayes qualified in any of those events – the 200 meters – but was pulled to compete in Trigg’s state champion 200-meter relay.
Trigg County’s strength was in the field events where Jones became the first TCHS male athlete to win state high jump and long jump.
Jones won the high jump on Friday despite missing his first jump of the day.
After tying his school record height of 6-feet, 6-inches at last week’s Region I Meet, Jones only needed a jump of 6-feet, 4-inches to win the state title.
Jones also won the long jump with a distance of 20-feet, 10-inches, which was two inches better than teammate and second place finisher Scotty Mayes.
Trigg County’s seemingly effortless performance of the day came in the 1600-meter relay where the team of Dennis Acree, Scotty Mayes, Greg Acree, and Stephon Smithers won the race in 3:28, more than four seconds ahead of second place Bardstown.
The win in the meet’s final race was a stark contrast to last year when a dropped baton in the relay cost the Wildcats a second place finish at the state meet.
Trigg County also defended their state titles in the 400 and 800-meter relays and recorded better times than a year ago.
The 400-meter team of Scotty Mayes, Frank Russell, Dennis Acree, and Steven Wadlington easily had the fastest time in the preliminaries and won their second consecutive state title in a time of 44.26 seconds, which was .28 seconds faster than second place Danville.
The 800-meter relay team of Mayes, Greg Acree, Stephon Smithers, and Russell defended their state title from last year, although they didn’t post the fastest time in Friday’s preliminary heat.
The foursome was edged by Danville by .11 seconds in the preliminary heat, but rebounded to win the finals by nearly a second over second place Danville.
Trigg’s time of 1:31.91 was almost a second faster than their preliminary time and was a second slower than the state record of 1:30.24 set by Trigg County in 1982.
Dennis Acree ran the third fastest time in the 400-meter run in Friday’s preliminary heat, and finished fourth in Saturday’s final in 51.85 seconds, which was a second-and-a-half behind race winner Kwasi Obeng of Bardstown.
Acree was sixth in the race last year.
Steven Wadlington brought home a pair of fourth place finishes in his final state meet.
Wadlington finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 47-feet, 10-inches. Bishop Brossart’s Troy Cooper won with a winning heave of 51-feet, 1-inch.
Wadlington’s throw of 145-feet, 1-inch in the discus throw was ten feet farther than his throw at the Region I meet and was seven feet behind Bardstown junior Elliot Mattingly’s toss of 152-feet.
Taylor McGee finished tenth in the shot put after measuring 43-feet, 6-inches in the preliminary round.
Michael Mosely finished fifth in the pole vault with a personal best height of ten feet, six inches higher than his region winning height.