Local track and field athletes are ready to try to carry region competition success onto the state stage.
Several area schools will be represented at this weekend’s State Track and Field championships at the University of Louisville. The Class 2A meet is set for today at 3:15 p.m. and Class A competition is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 8:15 a.m.
Fairview’s Morgan McIntyre leads a list of athletes gunning for state titles. The junior is going for her fourth consecutive pole vault crown. She cleared 9 feet, 6 inches, last May.
McIntyre and teammates gave the Lady Eagles their seventh straight Class A Region 7 title last Saturday at Rowan County Senior High School. Fairview finished eighth at State last season.
The Lady Eagles have another title contender in super hurdler Paige McKnight. The senior placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles last year, and she easily attained the top spot in the event at the region meet. She also took the 100 dash, 300 hurdles and was part of the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays last weekend.
Haley Layne (1,600), Brooklyn Bowen (3,200) and Katie Richard (long jump, triple jump) are looking to build on their region titles with solid state performances.
Raceland’s boys beat Bath County last weekend. Cole Thomas and Connor Messer might be the Rams’ best shots at state success. Thomas placed seventh in the shot put at Louisville last year. Messer, who won the pole vault, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles last weekend, was sixth in pole vault in 2012.
Coming off their third straight region championship, Rowan County’s boys could make some noise in Louisville. Jalen Stone, Laney Stone, Zack Kelsey, Shelley Deharte and Isaac Lee are among the leaders of the Vikings.
East Carter, led by Alex Napier, Ben Napier and Dustin Sexton, could also fare well. Macy Dyer and Shayla Henderson guide East’s girls.
Ashland is paced by sprinter Quinton Baker.
Boyd County’s girls finished third at the region meet behind Mason County and Fleming County, but the Lady Lions have a few individuals to keep an eye on today.
Morgan Kenser finished in the top 10 in both shot put and discus throw at last year’s State Meet. Jessica Adams, coming off championship runs in both the 100 and 200 dashes, was sixth and 12th in those respective races a year ago in Louisville.
Russell’s Emily Hanson was dominant in the region 800 run, as she clocked in at 2:28.50 — 11 seconds ahead of the pack.