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After 2018, track team has high expectations for next year

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Track coach Stuart Barnes experienced a growing team and added some conference, regional, and state top finishes in his second season as head coach of the TCHS track team.

In April the track team competed against other NCKC teams at Walton-Verona. There his team brought home three conference championships and six other top three finishes. The boys 4x200 finished first with a time of 1:38.17. Freshman Ryan Long also brought home the championship medal in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Senior Noah Napier finished third in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:24.32. The boys 4x100-meter relay team was the conference runner-up. Freshman Grace Andrews had a second place finish in the shot put and third in the turbo javelin. Senior Daniella Tebib was runner-up in the long jump and third in the triple jump.

In mid-May Barnes and his track team traveled to Danville for the Region 5 Class A Regional Championship. The top two regional finishers in each event earned a spot at the state track meet. Mason Tilley was the lone Raider to bring home a championship medal at the regional meet. He was the modified 100-meter dash champion. Ryan Long finished second in both the 100- and 200-meter races. Grace Andrews had a second place finish in the shot put, and Eliza Weston was second in the 3200-meter run. All three of these track team members are freshmen, and the future looks very bright for them as they compete the next three years.

The 4x100 and 4x200 boys relay teams were able to gain at-large bids for state even though they did not finish in the top two. The 4x200 team of Ryan Long, Troy Grieshaber, Alex Nichols and Paul Bird finished third with a time of 1.36.91 to qualify. The 4x100 boys team of Russ Crawford, Alex Nichols, Joseph Hemingway and Ryan Long finished fourth with a time of 46:34 to also gain a spot at the state meet. High jumper Dominic Johnson finished fourth and gained a chance to compete at state with a 5-foot 6-inch jump.

At the KHSAA Class A state track meet at the University of Kentucky on May 17th, the qualifiers brought home three medals. Mason Tilley set a new state record and won the championship title in the 100-meter modified race. Ryan Long brought home a third place finish in the 100-meter dash and a fifth place finish in the 200-meter dash. Weston finished 11th in the 3,200 meter and Andrews finished 22nd. The boys 4x100-meter relay team finished 15th.

The TCHS track team set numerous personal and school records over the course of the season. With many returning members of the team, Barnes has high expectations for the 2019 track season.