Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 17, 2013

Storm stops Meet of Champions

Staff report
The Independent

LLOYD —  As the clouds started to arrive over Greenup County High School at Tuesday’s Meet of Champions, it seemed like one star was able to shine through.

Before the meet was postponed, Fairview’s Paige McKnight ran a 15.04 in the girls 100-meter hurdles, good enough for the second fastest time in school history.

Lady Eagles coach Bob Stacey said the time makes McKnight one of the top hurdlers to come out of this area. He also said with the way she works, the time could get better.

“She’s one of our hardest workers,” Stacey said. “The big difference this year for her has been the weight room. She’s really done a great job on her weight program.”

McKnight’s time is only behind former Fairview standout LaShea Preston, who ran an elusive under-15-second mark.

Along with the 100-meter hurdles, McKnight won the 100-meter dash in convincing fashion, clocking in at a time of 12.95. McKnight also helped the Lady Eagles win the 4X200 relay with Katie Richard, Maddy Rymer and Morgan McIntyre with a time of 1.52.14.

McIntyre, a three-time state pole vault champion, easily took the pole vault event, as Fairview dominated the meet until it was called because of the threat of lightning. Fairview won all but two events.

“It’s the first time that we’ve seen all the teams in this area,” Stacey said. “I’m pleased, but I just wish we could have finished the meet.”

Boyd County’s Morgan Kenser broke up the Fairview dominance by placing first in the shot put.

On the boys side, Ashland’s Quinton Baker won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.98. Ashland also won the 4X200 meter relay.

Raceland’s Connor Messer won the 110-meter hurdles, while East Carter picked up a 4X800 meter relay win behind the team of Brandon Neace, Alex Napier, Kyle Yates and Ben Napier.

The Meet of Champions will continue on Thursday, April 25, at Greenup County High School.