MORGAN TRACK GIRLS WIN REGIONAL MEET
After two straight years finishing in the runner-up position at the Regional Meet, the Morgan County Girls Track Team crested the mountain-top, winning the team title for the first time since 1991. The Morgan ladies slipped past host Bath County with 107 points, compared to 102 for the LadyKats. Raceland (73), Menifee (58), and Prestonsburg (53) rounded out the top five in a field of 17 schools.
Two components stand out in the victory. First, Krista and Kailee Perry performed as expected. The younger Perry won both the 100 and 200 meter dashes, and captured the title in each of the hurdle events. She was favored in all four races. The older Perry sister easily defended her regional titles in her signature events: the 800 and 1600. She also ran out of the slow heat in the 400 to narrowly win by one-tenth of a second over Bath County’s Amelia Oldfield. Kailee then wrapped up her high school career by running the lead off leg of the victorious 4x400 relay.
But - and this is an important but - the day could not be carried by two individuals. It was truly a team effort that pulled out the win. Every point counted. And there were many who did their part to make it happen.
Seventh-grader Janesey Lewis placed a convincing second in the 300 meter hurdles. Anna Cantrell and Jaime-lynn Daniel took the fourth and fifth spots in the 3200 meter run. Heaven Carver placed sixth in the 200 meters, while Jenna Hampton was sixth in the 400. Hampton also scored the lone field event point for the Lady Cougar tracksters by finishing sixth in the Long Jump.
Precious points were also picked up in three of the four relay events. The 4x800 relay placed third (Lewis, Daniel, Faith Bolin, Autumn Brown). The 4x200 relay squad finished fourth (Bolin, Carver, Hampton, Selena Nickell). And the previously mentioned 4x400 relay literally ran away from the field in winning that event (Kailee, Jenna, Janesey, Heaven).
In addition, there were two young men who placed in their respective events on the day as well. Spencer Bolin finished fifth in the 400 meter run, while Jeremy Keeton took fifth in the discus throw.
Now it’s on to the State Meet. In order to qualify for that State Class A Track Championships, one must place first or second in their respective event at their regional meet. (There are 7 regions across the state.) Morgan County will be well represented.
Kailee Perry qualified in the 400, 800, and 1600 events. Krista Perry qualified in four events: 100, 200, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles. Janesey Lewis advanced in the 300 hurdles as well. And the 4x400 relay team of Kailee Perry, Heaven Carver, Janesey Lewis, and Jenna Hampton has also earned the opportunity to compete in Lexington.
The stage is now set for the Class A State Meet on May 30 at the University of Kentucky track in Lexington.