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Marshall's Brown, Graves' Galloway star in 3A

By Mike Stunson mstunson@paducahsun.com

DRAFFENVILLE -- Against racers from most of the schools in west Kentucky, Marshall County's Jackson Brown often isn't challenged in the 110 and 300 Meter hurdle races.

But even against some top competition at the Region 1, Class 3A track and field championships on Friday, he was never fazed.

Brown won both of his hurdle events to help lead the Marshall boys, who finished in second place as a team.

After he won the middle school state championships as an eighth-grader, there have been steady improvements for Brown as he continues to excel in his events. He attributes a lot of his success to coach Richard Dowdy.

"He cares more than every coach on the field. If you ever look at it, he's screaming at every single runner and even ones not on his team. He's a real big motivator," Brown said.

Also big motivation for Brown is the slew of tough runners he'll be competing against next weekend in the Class 3A state championships.

Brown hopes to break the school record in the 300 hurdles, while also holding his own against the best hurdlers in the state in his two individual events.

"I feel pretty good about it. I just changed my steps in the 110 and I think I can make some big improvements for state," he said. "It's incredible at state. There are some runners that you think have super powers, but it's amazing motivation and they are really good guys."

In addition to Brown's top times, Marshall's second-place team finish was aided by a victory from Cameron Thurman in the shot put and a thrilling win in the 4x800 relay to begin the meet. The Marshals concluded the meet with a second-place finish in the 4x400.

McCracken finished in third place, with Quamea Jones going for a first place finish in the shot put and Jarrett Daniel taking first in the pole vault. Also qualifying for state was Josh Grogan in the 3200 run, Wes Grogan in the 1600, Simeon Herbert in the 100 dash, and Jones in the discus.

Daviess County won the boys team championships, as it totaled four wins during the night. Marshall grabbed second place by 17 points over McCracken.

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She may still be a middle-schooler, but state championships at the Class 3A high school track and field state championships next weekend are realistic goals for Graves County's Sophie Galloway.

If her performance in Friday's Region 1, Class 3A championships were any sort of preview, then big things could be in store for Galloway for her next meet. She won both the triple jump and long jump, while taking second place in the 100 and 300 Meter hurdles.

"I can probably win at state if I push hard for it," she said following her events on Friday. "I don't think of myself as an eighth-grader. I think of myself as their competition and I'm going to do my best to kick butt."

She received some heavy competition in the hurdles events, as Hopkinsville's Avery O'Hara edged her in both by slim margins.

The two have built a friendship over the past year, despite being some of each other's top competition.

"It's good to have her around because she is so much older and I want to be like her," Galloway said of O'Hara, a junior. "She is athletic, smart and kind to people, and I want to be like her because she is good at everything she does. We're pretty much the same, running wise, and we're good for one another because we push each other a lot."

Galloway said she is right at the top of the state in both the triple jump and long jump, with her hurdles times being good enough to potentially get her in the fast heats at state.

After excelling all last season in the high school meets, the state championships proved to be a much different story. This year, with the experience she gained last season, there is plenty of optimism for the Lady Eagle star.

"It was very nerve-racking at state because I was so young and by myself. Nerves got to me but this year I'm used to it," she said.

Also grabbing wins from the far western part of the region were Marshall County's Kirsten Walker in the shot put, Marshall's Tori McCracken in the high jump and McCracken County's Peyton Newberry in the discus.

Second-place finishers also grab automatic berths to state, with Marshall's Abigail Oakley going to state in the discus, McCracken's Gillian Davis in the long jump and the Lady Mustang 4x100 relay team.

Owensboro won big for the team championship, with Hopkinsville edging McCracken for second place. The Class 3A state championships will be held next Saturday in Lexington.

GIRLS RESULTS

4x800 M Relay

1, Daviess County, 9:51.93

2, Hopkinsville, 9:59.01

100 M Hurdles

1, Avery O'Hara, Hopkinsville, 15.51

2, Sophie Galloway, Graves County, 15.52

100 M Dash

1, DaKorria Winstead, Owensboro, 12.74

2, Brionna Greer, Owensboro, 13.16

4x200 M Relay

1, Hopkinsville, 1:46.10

2, Owensboro, 1:47.23

1600 M Run

1, Breanna Alderton, Owensboro, 5:08.55

2, Olivia Wilson, Daviess County, 5:18.82

4X100 M Relay

1, Owensboro, 50.65

2, McCracken County, 52.30

400 M Dash

1, Jakayla McSwain, Hopkinsville, 59.26

2, Jaleah Tutt, Owensboro, 1:02.25

300 M Hurdles

1, Avery O'Hara, Hopkinsville, 47.21

2, Sophie Galloway, Graves, 47.53

800 M Run

1, Breanna Alderton, Owensboro, 2:18.10

2, Lataviya Felder, Hopkinsville, 2:21.42

200 M Dash

1, Jakayla McSwain, Hopkinsville, 26.67

2, Jaleah Tutt, Owensboro, 27.19

3200 M Run

1, Karlee Hoffman, Marshall County, 11:24.72

2, Breanna Alderton, Owensboro, 11:40.82

4x400 M Relay

1, Hopkinsville, 4:05.76

2, Davises County, 4:17.50

Shot Put

1, Kirsten Walker, Marshall County, 33-03.00

2, Victoria Whitlock, Owensboro, 32-00.50

Discus

1, Peyton Newberry, McCracken County, 104-00

2, Abigail Oakley, Marshall County, 104-02

Long Jump

1, Sophie Galloway, Graves County, 17-01.25

2, Gillian Davis, McCracken County, 15-09.00

Triple Jump

1, Sophie Galloway, Graves County, 37-06.00

2, Yogi McKnight, Hopkinsville, 32.11.75

High Jump

1, Tori McCracken, Marshall County, 5-00.00

2, Jaleah Tutt, Owensboro, 4-10.00

Pole Vault

1, Jaci Bickett, Henderson County, 12-06.00

2, Megan Cannon, Owensboro, 9-00.00

FINAL RESULTS

1, Owensboro, 126.50

2, Hopkinsville, 99

3, McCracken, 98

4, Daviess County, 76

5, Marshall County, 67

BOYS RESULTS

4x800 M Relay

1, Marshall County, 8:12.64

2, Madisonville-North Hopkins, 8:12.91

110 M Hurdles

1, Jackson Brown, Marshall County, 16.25

2, Drew Cockrell, Daviess County, 17.27

100 M Dash

1, Jarquevion Kendrick, Hopkinsville, 11.49

2, Simeon Herbert, McCracken County, 11.50

4x200 M Relay

1, Hopkinsville, 1:31.77

2, Henderson County, 1:32.83

1600 M Run

1, Steven Newman, Muhlenberg County, 4:30.43

2, Wes Grogan, McCracken County, 4:35.84

4x100 M Relay

1, Hopkinsville, 44.52

2, Marshall County, 44.72

400 M Dash

1, Keion Brown, Hopkinsville, 51.10

2, Ayinde Charles, Henderson County, 51.22

300 M Hurdles

1, Jackson Brown, Marshall County, 41.83

2, Nace Mattingly, Daviess County, 41.96

800 M Run

1, Hunter Kurz, Daviess County, 2:02.82

2, Steven Newman, Muhlenberg County, 2:02.86

200 M Dash

1, JaBryant Vincent, Henderson County, 23.01

2, Don Parker, Hopkinsville 23.33

3200 M Run

1, Colby Wiesman, Apollo, 10:02.26

2, Josh Grogan, McCracken County, 10:06.90

4x400 M Relay

1, Daviess County, 3:34.52

2, Marshall County, 3:35.38

Shot Put

1, Cameron Thurman, Marshall County, 51-08.00

2, Quamea Jones, McCracken County, 46-02.50

Discus

1, Quamea Jones, McCracken County, 135-10

2, Warren Norman, Henderson County, 132-00

Long Jump

1, Adam Bouchard, Daviess County, 20-02.75

2, De'Quarris Lindsey, Hopkinsville, 19-11.00

Triple Jump

1, De'Quarris Lindsey, Hopkinsville, 43-02.75

2, Adam Bouchard, Daviess County, 40-10.75

High Jump

1, Adam Bouchard, Daviess County, 6-00.00

2, Hassan Green, Daviess County, 5-10.00

Pole Vault

1, Jarrett Daniel, McCracken County, 12-08.00

2, Zack McAteer, Daviess County, 12-00.00

FINAL RESULTS:

1, Daviess County, 118

2, Marshall County, 107.50

3, McCracken County, 90.50

4, Hopkinsville, 70

5, Henderson County, 62

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