By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Over the past few years, the Pulaski County boys team has been atop of the team standings following the Lake Cumberland Classic.
The 2013 edition of the Lake Cumberland Classic was no different, as the Maroons destroyed the competition, finishing 57 points ahead of their nearest competitor. Saturday’s victory was also the third consecutive season that Pulaski County has won on the boys side, which featured 21 teams.
Green County’s 88 points were good enough for second place behind the Maroons, who scored a meet-high 145 points. Meet host Somerset came home in the fourth position with 61 points, while Southwestern finished 14th with 16 points.
Woodford County took the girls championship trophy, as the Lady Yellowjackets finished first with 87 points. The Lady Maroons of Pulaski grabbed seventh place with 47 points, while Somerset was right behind them with 44 points. Southwestern scored 23.58 points, which put them in the 13th position.
The Maroons were led by junior Kaleb Rowe, as he had first place finishes in the 400-meter dash (52.76 seconds), the triple jump (42’11”), and long jump (20’11”).
Pulaski junior Mason Blevins pulled off an impressive distance double with wins in the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run. Mason covered the metric mile in 4:33.56 and came back to break 10-minutes in the metric two-mile race with a 9:59.97.
The quartet of Mason Blevins, Jimmy Goldson, Matthew Crawford, and Morgan Stevens, took the first place trophy in the boys 3200-meter relay, as they ran a time of 8:28. Green County finished second with a time of 9:07.
Somerset sophomore and defending Class A state champion Maranda Mills had first place finishes in the long jump (16’08”) and triple jump (34’06”), and a second place finish in the high jump (4’08”).
In the opening race of the meet, which was the girls 3200-meter relay, Pulaski County’s team of Alyssa Hyden, Allie Stevens, Peyton ‘Pey Pey’ Ingram, and Paige Ingram, finished second with a time of 10:38, three second behind winner Woodford County.
Southwestern freshman Alexis Lovins finished fourth in the girls 100-meter dash with a clocking of 13.55 seconds. In the boys race, Somerset junior Will Lange took the runner-up spot in a time of 11.39 seconds.
Pulaski County’s 800-meter relay team of Aaron Flatt, Thomas Gholson, Jake Hudson, and George Gregory, grabbed second with a time of 1:37. Russell County took the first spot with a winning time of 1:34.
Alyssa Hyden, only an eighth-grader at Pulaski, finished second in the mile run with a time of 5:39. Teammate Peyton Ingram came home in the eighth position.
Three local runners had strong showings in the boys mile run, led by the first place finish of Blevins. Pulaski’s Matthew Crawford finished sixth, while Warrior sophomore Jordan Carrington took the eighth spot in a time of 4:48.
In the girls 400-meter relay, Southwestern (Cassidy Schulz, Samantha Fitzgerald, Jade Mounce, and Lovins) grabbed the third position with a clocking of 55.61 seconds. In the boys race, Somerset grabbed the first spot with the talents from Cam Cheuvront, Austin Hill, Tyler Megargel, and Lange.
In the 300-meter hurdles, two Somerset runners finished back-to-back, as Megargel took the fourth position and Johnathan Baker rounded out the top five.
In the girls 800-meter run, Paige Ingram finished seventh, while the Lady Warriors’ Tiffany Russell rounded out the top ten.
Goldson and Austin Hyden went toe-to-toe in the boys 800-meter race, as Goldson, who finished with a time of 2:00.38, edged out his Maroon teammate by .18 seconds to get the win. Southwestern’s Cory Owens, who also finished sixth in the two-mile run, rounded out the top five with a time of 2:10.
Will Lange got his first win of the day in the boys 200-meter dash, as he beat out the competition with a time of 22.82 seconds. The Maroons’ Alec Wooldridge finished fourth in the 200 meters with a clocking of 23.56 seconds. The Pulaski County senior also finished fourth in the 400-meter dash.
Pulaski County runners grabbed first and fourth place finishes in the girls and boys 3200-meter run. Alyssa Hyden, after finished second in the mile, won the two-mile run with a time of 12:01, while Peyton Ingram finished fourth. Blevins grabbed his second individual win of the afternoon with a time of 9:59, while Stevens grabbed the fourth spot.
To end the day of running events, the Maroon boys took ran away with first place in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:37. The winning team was made of Goldson, Rowe, Flatt, and Wooldridge.
Eulah Perkins, of Pulaski County, grabbed the silver medal in the girls shot put, throwing 30’10”. On the boys side, the Maroons’ Cody Smith finished third with a throw of 42’06”.
In the boys high jump event, the Maroons’ Austin Hyden finished third with a jump of 5’06”. Kathryn Alexander, of Somerset, finished second in the girls pole vault with a vault of 8’00”.
Pulaski County freshmen had strong showings in the pair of freshmen events at the meet. In the boys 800-meter relay, the team of Travis Bechard, Ryan Pollard, Christian Holman, and Gregory, finished first. Eighth-grader Brennan Perkins won the freshman mile with a clocking of 4:55, while teammate Sam Smith finished fourth.
Local teams will return to action on Thursday night at the Southwestern High School track and field complex, as Somerset, Southwestern, and Pulaski County, will all compete in the annual Warrior Invitational.