By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Despite very heavy wind conditions, there were several record-breaking performances in Thursday evening’s 10th annual Warrior Invitational at Southwestern High School.
In fact, five Warrior Invitational meet records were smashed in the 10th annual meet. Of the five records broken, three were associated with the Pulaski County boys team, who grabbed the first position in the team standings with a meet-high 208.5 points.
Pulaski junior Mason Blevins set a new record in the two-mile run, as beat the field to the finish line with a time of 10:15. The previous two-mile record was 10:17. In addition to winning the two-mile, Blevins won the mile in a time of 4:40.
Another Maroon junior, Kaleb Rowe, had a jump of 43’9.50” in the triple jump, which broke the old record of 41’40”. Rowe also grabbed the runner-up spot in the long jump.
The Maroons’ 1600-meter relay team of Jimmy Goldson, Austin Hyden, Alec Wooldridge, and Rowe finished the four-lap race with a clocking of 3:31, which broke the previous meet record of 3:36.
Somerset junior Cam Cheuvront, not only set a meet record, but his 10.6 second 100-meter dash time was good enough to break a school record, which was set by former state champion John Cole (10.84 seconds).
Pulaski, just as they have so far this season, ran away from their competition, as they finished 100.5 points ahead of second place Letcher County Central. Meet host Southwestern grabbed third place with 99.5 points, while Somerset finished in the fourth position with 69 points.
Wooldridge was the top scorer on the boys side, as finished with 28.5 of the Maroons’ 208.5 points. The Pulaski senior finished first in the 200-meter dash (23.2 seconds), while finishing second in the 100-meter dash (11.2 seconds) and the 400-meter dash (53.7 seconds).
On the girls side, Rockcastle County edged out Pulaski by a score of 136.5 to 124, to grab first place in the team standings. Southwestern and Somerset finished in the exact same positions as they did on the boys side, as they came home in third and fourth, respectively.
The leading scorer in the meet on the girls side was Somerset Lady Jumper sophomore Maranda Mills, who had 30 points on the night. Mills swept the jumping events, as she finished first in the long jump, triple jump, and high jump.
Both the Pulaski girls’ and boys’ 3200-meter relay teams grabbed first place on their respective side. The girls team of Alyssa Hyden, Paige Ingram, Peyton ‘Pey Pey’ Ingram, and Allie Stevens, won in a time of 11:02. The squad of Morgan Stevens, Matthew Crawford, Goldson, and Blevins, grabbed the top spot with a clocking of 8:43.
Pulaski junior Jake Hudson and Southwestern sophomore Quinton Stallion both had impressive nights in the pair of hurdle events. Hudson won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.0 seconds and with a clocking of 46.0 seconds, finished third in the 300-meter hurdles. Stallion grabbed the second places finishes in the 110-meter hurdles (17.8 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (45.7 seconds).
Lady Maroon eighth-grader Alyssa Hyden won the mile run in a time of 5:52 and later finished first in the 800-meter run with a clocking of 2:34. Fellow teammate Peyton Ingram, a freshman, came home second in the mile run and won the two-mile run in a winning time of 12:33. With a time of 2:40, Pulaski senior Paige Ingram grabbed the runner-up position in the 800-meter run.
Goldson, who finished second in the triple jump, ran a time of 2:04 in the 800-meter run for first place. Crawford, a sophomore, finished second in the race with a clocking of 2:06.
Stevens, another Pulaski runner, came home in the second position in the mile run with a time of 4:44. Austin Hyden finished second in the high jump and won the 400-meter dash in a winning time of 52.8 seconds.
The sprinters for the Lady Warriors had an impressive night for head coach Debbie Carrington. The 400-meter relay squad of Cassidy Schulz, Jade Mounce, Justice Clayton, and Alexis Lovins, grabbed first place with a time of 54.7 seconds.
Lovins, who also finished second in the long jump, won the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.7 seconds. Schulz was right behind Lovins with a clocking of 13.9 seconds.
“I was very proud of our girls tonight,” praised Carrington. “We have a young and inexperienced group and they keep improving every week. They have shown that hard work and dedication do pay off. I look forward to seeing all they will accomplish.”
In the boys 400-meter relay, the Pulaski team of Aaron Flatt, Thomas Gholson, Josh O’Connor, and Hudson, finished first with a time of 45.9 seconds. Southwestern (Zack Coggins, Morgan Wright, Devon Baker, and Caleb Stringer) grabbed second place in 800-meter relay.
Also on in the girls running events, Pulaski’s 1600-meter relay team (Stevens, Alyssa Hyden, Paige Ingram, and Kalie Holmon) finished in the first position. Somerset sophomore Sydney Saindon, with a clocking of 53.6 seconds, finished second in the 300-meter hurdles.
In the girls shot put, Lady Maroon Eulah Perkins finished second with a throw of 30’04”. Hannah Norris, a senior at Southwestern, grabbed the second spot in the high jump.
Ensley Peters, of Somerset, finished first in the discus throw (118’06”) and shot put (41’08”). Southwestern’s Chase Robinson finished second in the runner-up position with a throw of 110’07”.
Kathryn Alexander, of Somerset, finished second in the girls pole vault with a vault of 8’00”. With a vault of 11’00”, Pulaski’s Daniel Pitman finished second in the boys pole vault.
Pulaski, Somerset, and Southwestern, will each compete in the Pulaski County All-Comers on Tuesday night at Pulaski County High School.