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Track stars in state meet Friday

By Dave Taylor

Trimble County High School’s track teams placed high in the competition at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Class A Region 5 Meet in Owen County last week. Trimble’s girls were Regional Runners-up while Trimble took third place overall in the boys’ meet.

“I am very proud of the way our kids performed, Trimble Head Coach Jeff Vincent said. “This is the second year in a row that we have brought home a regional trophy in track in only our fourth year as a team. We also had several regional champions and tons of kids to qualify for the state championship. As a coach, you have to be excited about that.”

Several Trimble athletes qualified to advance to the state meet which will be held this Friday at the University of Louisville. These include the following individual Regional Champions: Kelsie Courtney, high jump and pole vault, Stuart Barnes, high jump; Mike Baird, 800m; Conner Ball, Christian Apel, Kyle Puckett, Zach Adair, Aaron Blanton, Ryan Durrett, Kyle Howdyshell, Austin Rexroat and Tray Robbins.

Also in the girls’ competition at state will be Regional Runners-up Kelsie Courtney, 300m hurdles; Danyal Adams, pole vault; Olivia Cooley, 400m and long jump; Brandi Chappell, Jessica Cooley and Erin Gonterman.

“I’m pumped about the state meet,” Vincent said. “We have several kids that could do big things.  It should be a very fun and great experience for our kids. This season has been a blast!  We have outstanding kids to work with and that makes coaching so much easier.”

Individual results for the Raiders are as follows.
Girls’ Results – 100 Meter Hurdles: 8th Ashby Drake 20.14. 100 Meter Dash: 7th Chelsey Sparks 13.80, 8th Jessica Smith 14.26. 1600 Meter Run: 7th Erin Gonterman 6:00.10, 8th Kylie Wilberding 6:10.02. 200 Meter Dash: 6th Kelsie Courtney 28.21, 7th Chelsey Sparks 28.99. 300 Meter Hurdles: 2nd Kelsie Courtney, 50.01, 4th Kayla Barnes 55.55. 3200 Meter Run: 4th Kylie Wilberding 13:09.13, 5th Kirsten Baird 13:32.74. 400 Meter Dash: 2nd Olivia Cooley 1:04.27 (new school record!), 5th Morgan Chappell 1:08.58.

More Girls’ Results – 4x100 Meter Relay team finished fourth in 56.13. 4x200 Meter Relay team finished third in 2:00.55. 4x400 Meter Relay team finished third in 4:45.29. 4x800 Meter Relay team finished fourth in 11:03.61. 800 Meter Run: 7th Jessica Cooley 2:43.02, 10th Brandi Chappell 2:51.98. Discus: 8th Danyal Adams 60-1, 12th Bonnie Wilson 53-11. High Jump: 1st Kelsie Courtney 5-2, 5th Kayla Barnes 4-4. Long Jump: 2nd Olivia Cooley 14-6.75, 9th Danyal Adams 12-2.5. Pole Vault: 1st Kelsie Courtney 8-0, 2nd Danyal Adams 7-6. Shot Put: 8th Bonnie Wilson 24-8, 12th Sara Kate Long 21-10. Triple Jump: 3rd Olivia Cooley 32-7 (new school record), 5th Erin Gonterman 29-1.5.

Boys’ Results – 100 Meter Dash: 14th Corey Bailey 13.28, 15th Brad Ginn 14.14. 110 Meter Hurdles: 9th Brad Ginn 23.03. 300 Meter Hurdles: 9th Michael Gonterman 49.48. 3200 Meter Run: 4th Kyle Howdyshell 11:09.28, 5th Michael Baird 11:17.40. 400 Meter Dash: 6th Kyle Puckett 57.87, 10th Sam Moore 1:01.51. 4x100 Meter Relay team finished fifth in 48.07. 4x200 Meter Relay team finished sixth in 1:47.07. 4x400 Meter Relay team finished fourth in 3:50.32. 4x800 Meter Relay team finished first with a time of 9:17.00.


More Boys’ Results – 800 Meter Run: 1st Michael Baird 2:10.54, 4th Connor Ball 2:12.53. Discus: 11th Michael Dunaway 82-5, 15th Jonathon Wilson 79-1. High Jump: 1st Stuart Barnes 5-8, 5th Ryan Durrett 5-4. Long Jump: 6th Aaron Blanton 16-2.5, 7th Michael Gonterman 16-1.5. Pole Vault: 3rd Tray Robbins 7-0, 4th Kevin Bailey 6-0. Shot Put: 3rd Ryan Durrett 36-11, 4th Jonathon Wilson 36-6.5. Triple Jump: 5th Stuart Barnes 36-11, 6th Michael Gonterman 35-3.