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April 22, 2014

This Girl is on Fire

Somerset junior Maranda Mills wins fourth straight track invitational MVP award

Somerset — Two-time KHSAA Class A triple jump state champion Somerset High School junior Maranda Mills is off to a blazing start to her track season this spring.

On top of winning two KTCCCA indoor state titles in the long jump and triple jump events this past winter, Mills has won four  track & field invitational Most Valuable Player awards in  each of the four meets she has competed. The MVP award is given to the athlete with the highest point total in that meet.

On Friday, Mills earned 32.5 points in the South Laurel Invitational by winning the long jump (17’0”), the triple jump (36’08.5”), the high jump (4’8”) and was a member of the winning Lady Jumper 4x400 relay team.

Previously, Mills won MVP awards in the Madison Central Invitational with 28 points, the Warrior Classic with 40 points and the Lake Cumberland Classic with 38 points.

“Maranda is such a laid back kid” Somerset track coach Steve Wallace explained. “She is so humble and, as great as she is, she is truly a team-oriented kid. Proof of this is her willingness to run the 4x400 relay this past meet to help the girls team win the title.”

Paced by Mills’ 32.5 points in the South Laurel Invitational, the Somerset girls track team also walked away with team title with a team total of 117 points.

Somerset’s Rebecca Enda won the girls shot put with a best of 22’11.75” and finished second in the discus with a best of 69’03”.

Emily Vaught placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 29.58. Allie Brummett finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:47.81.

The team of Brummett, Vaught, Mills and Katie Ulrich won the 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:35.07.

Meanwhile, the Somerset boys track team finished runner-up in the South Laurel Invitational with 150 points.

Somerset senior Cam Cheuvront won the 100 meters with a 11.28 clocking.

Tristan Krause won the 800-meters with a 2:08.99 clocking. Braden Bigelow won the pole vault with a 9’06” best. Alex Franklin won the long jump with a 18’11.5”.

Ensley Peters won the shot put with a best of 40’00”, Peters placed second in the discus with a best of 107’04”.

The Somerset 400-meter relay team of Cheuvront, Will Lange, Austin Hill and Castle Hatcher won with a time of 44.79. That same Somerset foursome won the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:33.92.


The Southwestern High School track team had some strong performances in the Heart of Bluegrass meet in Lexington.

Southwestern sophomore Cassi Reed placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:31.05, placed fourth in the high jump with a best of 4’6” and placed fourth in the 1600-meter run with a 5:48.78 time.

Warrior junior Jamme Butler placed third in the pole vault at 10’06”.

Isaiah Jones placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles, Caleb Stringer placed 10th in the 100 meters, Jordan Carrington placed sixth in the 1600 meters, Ashley Phelps placed 11th in the 3200 meters, Kaeona Phelps placed 13th in the 3200 meters, Samuel Jones placed fifth in the triple jump and Taylor Burdine placed sixth in the pole vault.


Some of Pulaski’s top track athletes made strong showings in the high school division of the Kentucky Relays.

Mason Blevins placed third in the Mile Run with a time of 4:27.80.

Kaleb Rowe placed second in the long jump with a best of 19’10.75.

Austin Hyden placed second in the high jump with a best clearance of 6’04”.

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