The qualifying Wildcats and Lady Wildcats earned their way during Saturday’s 1st Region Championship Meet at Logan County.
Last year, the Lady ‘Cat 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relay teams won state 2A titles, one year after doing the same at the 1A level. They’ll have a chance to win again after taking region titles in both events.
In the 4x100, the Trigg combo of Kelliniqua Acree, Khadijah Grubbs, Shelby Grubbs and Maya Bridges won with a time of 54.09 seconds. That time was the 18th best in the state in region championship meets this year, almost three full seconds behind Highlands (:51.20).
Acree, Khadijah Grubbs and Shelby Grubbs also teamed with X’Zashea Mayes to win the 4x200 with a time of 1:53.75. That was the 15th-best region time in the state, almost six seconds behind Christian Academy of Louisville.
Another Lady ‘Cat qualifier is by Lynease Byers, who took second in the 1600-meter run in 5:32.27. The only performer in the state to best that time was Paducah Tilghman’s Aleja Grant (5:29.98), who was the only runner to beat Byers at the regional.
In the boys discus, Javin Grubbs qualified for state with a throw of 122 feet, 1 inch. That placed him third in the region and 15th out of 24 state qualifiers.
Trigg will also send a pair of pole vaulters to state. Valerie Barnes was the only Trigg athlete to win an individual region title with a height of 6-06, 14th out of 21 state qualifiers. Matt Savage was second in the boys event with a height of 10-06, 13th out of 26 at state.
The 10th Trigg athlete to attend the state meet is DiAsia Acree, who will serve as an alternate for the 4x200-meter relay team.
During the season, Jalik Alexander ran a time in the 100-meter dash that would have qualified him for state. However, at the region meet, he suffered a leg injury during the race and fell to 15th place with a time of :23.27. Alexander finished 19th in the state last year.
Event times for Trigg competitors at state are as follows (in Eastern Standard Time): Boys and girls pole vault, 4:30 p.m.; boys discus, 4:45 p.m.; girls 4x200-meter relay, 6:05 p.m.; girls 1600-meter run, 6:25 p.m.; girls 4x100-meter relay, 6:45 p.m.
As a team at region, Trigg’s girls were fourth out of 10 teams, scoring 69 points and falling 37 points behind winner Hopkinsville. Trigg scored 30 points and finished seventh in the boys competition, which was won by Paducah Tilghman.
Trigg results in other regional events include the following:
Girls long jump: Barnes, fourth, 12-07; Bridges, fifth, 12-06;
Girls triple jump: Bridges, seventh, 26-11;
Girls shot put: Deasia Wilson, fourth, 26-08;
Girls discus: Wilson, fifth, 73-04;
Boys high jump: Jakelze Martin, fourth, 5-06;
Boys long jump: Ryan Briggs, seventh, 18-06;
Boys triple jump: Martin, fourth, 38-08.5; Josh Adams, sixth, 38-00;
Boys shot put: Devon Wharton, third, 40-02;
Boys discus: Akeem Wilson, ninth, 98-08;
Girls 100-meter hurdles: DiAsia Acree, fourth, :18.90; Aubree Burcham, 10th, :22.34;
Girls 300-meter hurdles: DiAsia Acree, fifth, :56.48;
Girls 4x400-meter relay (DiAsia Acree, Lynease Byers, Khadijah Grubbs and X’Zashea Mayes), sixth, 4:48.33;
Boys 110-meter hurdles: Garret Brown, ninth, :21.24;
Boys 300-meter hurdles: Brown, 10th, :53.69.