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May 15, 2014

Hyden dominates Region

Pulaski boys edged out by Madison Central

Somerset — In 1909, the legendary Jim Thorpe single-handedly won a track meet for his Carlisle Institute track team by winning six of the seven events at the Lafayette meet. Several years later, track & field governing bodies limited an athlete to the number of events (usually four) that they could compete in during a single track competition.

Over a century later in the KHSAA Class AAA Region 7 Track & Field Championships, Pulaski County High School senior Austin Hyden did his best ‘Jim Thorpe’ impression by winning all four the events he was allowed to compete in on Tuesday.

Hyden, who scored a meet-high 40 points, won the long jump with a best effort of 21’07.5”, the high jump with a best clearance of 6’00”, the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.82 seconds, and the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.71.

In years past, Hyden had been featured as a 800-meter runner and was part of the Maroons’ fourth place 4x800-meter relay team in the 2013 KHSAA Class AAA State Championships.

But over the course of the 2014 season, Pulaski coach Mike Morgan began to realize Hyden had a knack for the middle distance sprinting events.

Just last week in the Rockcastle County Invitational, Hyden just missed the school record in the 400 meters with a 49.54 clocking and won the 200 meter dash in his first-ever attempt at the shorter sprinting event.

However, Hyden’s multi-event winning heroics in the Class AAA Region 7 Championships was not enough, as the homestanding Maroons fell to Madison Central High School – 191 to 168. The Southwestern High School boys team finished fourth with 37 points.

Madison Central also ran away with the girls team title by scoring 219 points, well ahead of runner-up Pulaski County High School’s 88 points. Southwestern girls finished fourth with 52 points.

Pulaski County High School senior Kaleb Rowe shattered his own school record by winning the boys triple jump with a best mark of 45’08.5”. Rowe, the defending Class AAA state runner-up in the triple jump event, finished second in the Region 7 long jump event with  best of 21’03.5. Rowe also finished third in the 400 meters.

Pulaski County High School junior Eulah Perkins won the girls shot put event with a best of 32’06”. Perkins, the defending indoor state shot put champ, has split her spring athletics itinerary between track and  as the Lady Maroons’ softball left fielder.

Pulaski County High School eighth-grader Carly Johnson won gold in the 400-meter dash with a region-winning time of 63.28 seconds. Johnson finished second in the 200 meters.

The Pulaski County High School 800-meter relay team set a new school record by winning with a time of 1:33.66. Team members of the 800 relay team were Christian Holman, Jake Hudson, Aaron Flatt and Tommy Gholson.

The Pulaski 3200-meter relay team of Matthew Crawford, Morgan Stevens, Mason Blevins and Brennan Perkins won gold with a winning time of 8:12.23.

The Pulaski 1600-meter relay team of Matthew Crawford, Morgan Stevens, Tyler Harness and Aaron Flatt picked up a regional title with a winning time of 3:37.37.

Southwestern High School was led by freshman Cassi Reed, who medaled in three individual events. Reed placed second in the 800 meters, third in the 1600 meters and third in the high jump.

Qualifiers will compete in the KHSAA Class AAA State Track & Field Championships on Saturday, May 24, at the University of Kentucky.


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