Commonwealth Journal

Local Sports

April 26, 2010

Great performances at a newly named Classic

Somerset — Moments after Pulaski County High School eighth-grader Jimmy Goldson ran away with the boys 1600-meter run in the 34th annual Lake Cumberland Classic, the meet came to a grinding halt.

No, it was not a rain delay, but the local track event was temporarily suspended to pay tribute to a woman who had dedicated herself to the classic for all 34 years.

 Former Somerset High School track coach Joan Spurlock was honored by having the local track classic named after her — the Joan Spurlock Lake Cumberland Track Classic.

Spurlock was accompanied by family, friends, track officials, former athletes and fellow coaches to celebrate her long-standing dedication to  the annual high school track event.

Now back to Goldson’s win in the 1600 meters — the Pulaski middle schooler out raced three older high school seniors to win the four-lap event in a time of 4:51.91.

Just four days prior in the All-Comers meet, Goldson faltered in the last lap to finish a distance third. But on Saturday in the 34th annual Joan Spurlock Lake Cumberland Classic, Goldson toured the last lap in 67 seconds to run away from the field for the gold medal.

Somerset sophomore DJ Townsend was the top local scorer with 26 points. Townsend won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.22. He finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 41’10” and he finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.97.

Somerset senior Brent Joplin pulled off another two-lap victory with his win in the 800 meters. Joplin shaved nearly four second off his previous best with a 2:03.08 clocking on Saturday.

Somerset junior Whitney Wallace led the Lady Jumpers with 21 points. Wallace won the triple jump with a best of 31’10”. Wallace finished second in the 300-meter hurdles. Also, Wallace was a member of the Lady Jumpers’ third place 400-meter relay team and their third place 1600-meter relay team.

Somerset teammate Lauren Cornett scored 19 points. Cornett won the girls long jump with a best of 13’04”. Cornett finished third in the 1600 meters, was a member of the Lady Jumpers’ third place 3200-meter relay team and their third place 1600-meter relay team.

Southwestern junior Jessica Pierce won the girls shot put with a best of 30’06” and finished fourth in the discus.

Pulaski senior Daryn Meece won the shot put with a best of 44’00.5” and finished fourth in the discus.

The Lady Maroons’ 800-meter relay team of Jasmine Strunk, Sarah Crawford, Haley Warren and Rachel Colyer won their race with a time of 1:56.69.

In the team standings, the Pulaski boys team’s 2-year regular season undefeated streak was ended after Mercer County outscored the Maroons 98 to 92 to claim the gold team trophy. Somerset finished sixth with 68 points and Southwestern finished 10th with 32 points.

On the girls side, Southwestern came away with a runner-up finish by scoring 104.5 points, while Boyle County scored 157 points to win the female gold trophy. Pulaski finished fourth with 88 points and Somerset finished fifth with 86 points.

Other top local finishers included Shelby Selig (SW) 100 hurdles - 2nd, Zach Wooldridge (PC) 110 hurdles - 3rd, Akeesha Kirkpatrick (SHS) 100 meters - 2nd. Rachel Colyer (PC) 100 meters - 3rd, Brittany Warren (PC) 400 meters - 3rd, Miranda Mills (SHS) 200 meters - 3rd, Tiffany Russell (SW) 3200 meters - 2nd, Austin Adams (SHS) 3200 meters - 3rd, Willie Dungan (SW) shot put - 2nd, Hannah Grant (SW) long jump - 2nd, Allie Tilley (PC) long jump - 3rd, Danay Fothergill (SW) high jump - 2nd, Tyler Jackson (PC) high jump - 2nd, Rachel Colyer (PC) pole vault - 3rd, and Jacob Heinen (PC) pole vault - 2nd.

Top finishing relay teams included Pulaski girls 3200 relay (Paige Ingram, Makayla Sidwell, Brittany Warren and Allie Tilley) 2nd, Somerset girls 3200 relay (Lauren Cornett, Kelsey Meece, Maria Kerr and Jessica Wallace) 3rd, Somerset boys 3200 relay (Brent Joplin, Austin Adams, Jarrod Wesley and Jon Claude Burlew) 2nd, Southwestern boys 3200 relay (Michael Tounge, Caleb Trotter, Alan Sharpe and Jacob Miller) 3rd, Southwestern girls 800 relay (Shelby Selig, Frankie Haynes, Laura Norris and Danay Fothergill) 2nd, Somerset girls 400 relay (Whitney Wallace, Cheyenne Adams, Akeesha Kirkpatrick and Cassie Bray) 3rd, Pulaski girls 1600 relay (Rachel Colyer, Allie Tilley, Sarah Crawford and Brittany Warren) 2nd, Somerset girls 16000 relay (Maria Kerr, Kelsey Meece, Lauren Cornett and Whitney Wallace) 3rd, Pulaski boys 1600 relay (Ralph Letner, Bryan White, RC White and Alec Wooldridge) 3rd, and Pulaski freshman 1600 relay (Jordan Dick, Zach Blevins, Kaleb Rowe and John David Bishop) 1st.

Local track teams will compete today in the Southwestern All-Comers Meet at Southwestern High School.

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