Mandy Musick, Scott Gill and a quartet of Lawrence County High School girls led the way as area athletes again made an impressive showing in last weekend’s state high school track championships in Lexington. In turn, they led their schools to strong showings against the best in Kentucky.

Musick, a recent graduate of Fairview High School, ended her stellar career as a high school athlete with an exclamation point by winning the 800 meters in Class A. And she did it rather easily, outdistancing runner-up Kelsey Fish of Fort Campbell by more than three seconds.

Russell High School’s Gill sailed an impressive 21 feet, 9 inches in the long jump to win that event by more than a foot in Class AA. That erased Gill’s disappointment of a year ago, when he lost this event by a half-inch. Gill also finished third in the 200 meter and ran a leg of Russell’s 1,600 relay, which finished eighth. All in all, it was a memorable day for the young man who will be back next year.

And four Lawrence County runners — senior Iris Meddings, juniors Bree Frazier and Lynden O’Brien and freshman Hilary Laney — teamed to win the Class AA 800-meter relay for the third consecutive year. That’s impressive. Since only Meddings has graduated, the Lady Bulldogs must be considered an early favorite to make it four in a row in 2007.

Because of the success of these athletes and others who finished near the top in their events, Russell High’s girls team finished fourth in Class AA, and the Lawrence County girls were right behind in fifth place. The Russell boys finished sixth in the state, and Fairview’s girls finished seventh in Class A.

Like the championship games in baseball and softball, the state track meet usually occurs after the school year ends. Thus, the winning athletes do not receive as many cheers from their fellow students when they return home as the athletes in other sports. But make no mistake about it: There are some talented young track stars in this corner of Kentucky, and we congratulate them on again representing their schools and this region well.

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