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Murray leaps to sweep of 1A region titles

By Mike Stunson mstunson@paducahsun.com

MURRAY -- There was buzz surrounding the Class 1A, Region 1 Track and Field championships as to who would win the boys battle between Murray and Mayfield, but as the meet progressed Saturday, the only intrigue was regarding who would finish in second place.

While both Mayfield and Crittenden County took first place in more events than Murray in the meet, the Tigers took the region title thanks to a load of depth on their roster.

"The depth was it. That's what did it for us," Murray head coach Mark Boggess said of his boys team that had 139 points compared to the 115 of Mayfield. "We talked about it at our team meeting the other day how those fourth, fifth, sixth-place points were going to be the ones that would be the important ones."

They certainly were for Murray, which saw Crittenden and Mayfield win most of the events on the track. Murray won its events on the field, as Andrew Pajor won the discus, Treshon Elmore claimed the long jump title and Jonathan Hilbrecht finished first in the high jump.

For a Murray team that prided itself on its sprinters in past years, the field athletes were the stars on Saturday.

"We were pretty solid two-deep in our field events and that's what we haven't had," Boggess said. "Our Achilles' heel the past couple years have been our field events for boys. We have lost two state championships by 10 points because we didn't have the field guys."

The Lady Tigers enjoyed a ton of success, as the reigning state champions scored 216 points compared to the 123 of second-place University Heights Academy.

Stars were plentiful for the Lady Tigers, but none starred more than Ann Taylor. The decorated senior athlete was a part of four winning events, while setting school records in the 200- and 400-meter dashes and tying the record in the 100.

"With the times she posted, she broke some school records and may be ranked No. 1 in all of those going into state. That's a lot of points potentially, which we're going to need," Boggess said of the state meet.

Grace Campbell and Sarah McDowell each won a pair of titles out on the field for Murray, who claimed 13 of the 18 girls titles. But it was more than just the first-place finishers, as Murray had seven events where it had the top two finishers. Olivia Butterworth, Annie Futrell and Jana Forgey all won individual events and Murray added titles in three of the four relays.

"We just try to keep them healthy and it's hard at the end of they year to push them hard enough to keep them fine-tuned, but don't hurt them," Boggess said. "And we're still battling. We're still not healthy."

Mayfield sprintsto second

Behind its sprinters, the Cardinals took second place on the boys side -- edging Crittenden by nine points.

Trajon Bright won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and was on winning teams in both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays to lead the Cardinal effort.

Briley Mohon won the pole vault and Barrett Henley was first place in the shot put for additional Mayfield points, but it couldn't quite close the gap against Murray.

Crittenden's distance runners shine

No individual on the boys side had a better day than Crittenden's Aaron Lucas, who won three individual events as well as keying the Rockets to a win in the 4x800 relay.

After winning the 800 and 1,600, he received a big test from St. Mary's Charlie West in the 3,200 near the end of the meet. West led for seven laps until Lucas took over the race in the final lap, closing in a dead sprint for his final first-place showing of the afternoon.

"I was afraid if I let myself go too hard I'd let my team down, so I figured I'd draft off him and hit the finish as hard as I could," Lucas said.

Will Tolley won the 400 for the Rockets, who bookended the meet with relay victories. After winning the 4x800 to start the day, they closed it with a thrilling win in the 4x400.

Smith winsfor brother

Perhaps with the most emotional victory of the day was from Fulton County's Dre Smith, who won the triple jump in honor of his deceased younger brother.

"It feels really awesome for me. I've been here before and competed with a lot of people. I just put everything out there for my little brother," Smith said of his younger brother, who died last year.

He won the triple jump at 42-11.00 on Saturday, with his PR for the season being a 43-5.5. He believes a jump at 44 is attainable, and if he's able to achieve that, a state title could be headed to Fulton County.

"Coach told me if I win I get a ring. I'm seeded first but I'm not worried about that. I'm just going to do me," Smith said.

GIRLS RESULTS

4x800 M Relay

1, University Heights, 11:06.31

2, Crittenden County, 11:58.38

100 M Hurdles

1, Allí Cundiff, University Heights, 16.31

2, Campbell Homa, Murray, 16.98

100 M Dash

1, Ann Taylor, Murray, 12.52

2, Jamera Jones, Murray, 13.29

4x200 M Relay

1, Murray, 1:49.38

2, University Heights, 1:53.56

1600 M Run

1, Muki Kunnmann, University Heights, 5:43.77

2, Marlena Sipes, Fulton County, 5:51.64

4X100 M Relay

1, Murray, 50.73

2, Fulton City, 53.20

400 M Dash

1, Ann Taylor, Murray, 59.77

2, Madelyn Waltmon, St. Mary, 1:03.85

300 M Hurdles

1, Allí Cundiff, University Heights, 50.51

2, Aisha Pantiere, University Heights, 52.45

800 M Run

1, Olivia Butterworth, Murray, 2:29.85

2, Madelyn Waltmon, St. Mary, 2:32.00

200 M Dash

1, Ann Taylor, Murray, 25.97

2, Hannah Edminster, Murray, 26.69

3200 M Run

1, Muki Kunnmann, University Heights, 12:41.79

2, Marlena Sipes, Fulton County, 13:26.17

4x400 M Relay

1, Murray, 4:28.50

2, University Heights, 4:36.28

Shot Put

1, Sarah McDowell, Murray, 33-09.00

2, McKenna Bruce, Murray, 29-07.00

Discus

1, Sarah McDowell, Murray, 121-04

2, Keagin Brooks, Murray, 103-06

Long Jump

1, Annie Futrell, Murray, 15-01.00

2, Aisha Pantiere, University Heights, 15-01.00

Triple Jump

1, Grace Campbell, Murray, 33-05.50

2, Keagin Brooks, Murray, 33-03.75

High Jump

1, Grace Campbell, Murray, 5-04.00

2, Mallory Wooldridge, Murray, 4-08.00

Pole Vault

1, Jana Forgey, Murray, 9-00.00

2, Campbell Homa, Murray, 7-06.00

FINAL RESULTS

1, Murray, 216

2, University Heights, 123

3, Fulton County, 50

4, Mayfield, 39

5, Crittenden County, 32

BOYS RESULTS

4x800 M Relay

1, Crittenden County, 8:39.99

2, Fulton County, 8:59.70

110 M Hurdles

1, Tanner Weir, Dawson Springs, 16.20

2, Jordan Boyd, Murray, 17.04

100 M Dash

1, Trajon Bright, Mayfield, 11.05

2, Tanner Travis, Murray, 11.18

4x200 M Relay

1, Mayfield, 1:32.77

2, Murray, 1:33.04

1600 M Run

1, Aaron Lucas, Crittenden County, 4:48.91

2, Isaac Madding, Fulton County, 4:55.84

4x100 M Relay

1, Mayfield, 44.85

2, Murray, 45.87

400 M Dash

1, Will Tolley, Crittenden County, 51.99

2, KJ Crump, University Heights, 52.50

300 M Hurdles

1, Austin Duff, Lyon County, 43.10

2, Will Perkins, Crittenden County, 43.98

800 M Run

1, Aaron Lucas, Crittenden County, 2:08.89

2, Will Tolley, Crittenden County, 2:11.39

200 M Dash

1, Trajon Bright, Mayfield, 23.10

2, Anthony Duffy, Murray, 23.33

3200 M Run

1, Aaron Lucas, Crittenden County, 10:44.38

2, Charlie West, St. Mary, 10:52.36

4x400 M Relay

1, Crittenden County, 3:45.20

2, University Heights, 3:46.46

Shot Put

1, Barrett Henley, Mayfield, 45-05.00

2, Andrew Pajor, Murray, 43-05.00

Discus

1, Andrew Pajor, Murray, 122-06.50

2, Adam Beavers, Crittenden County, 116-05.50

Long Jump

1, Treshon Elmore, Murray, 20-02.00

2, Dre Smith, Fulton County, 19-10.50

Triple Jump

1, Dre Smith, Fulton County, 42-11.00

2, Treshon Elmore, Murray, 40-02.00

High Jump

1, Jonathan Hilbrecht, Murray, 6-02.00

2, Dylan Simpson, Dawson Springs, 6-00.00

Pole Vault

1, Briley Mohon, Mayfield, 9-06.00

2, Dylan Williams, Fulton County, 9-00.00

FINAL RESULTS:

1, Murray, 139

2, Mayfield, 115

3, Crittenden County, 106

4, Fulton County, 73

5, Dawson Springs, 28

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