By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
With regional meets at the tail of the week, local track and field teams got in one final tune-up in Saturday afternoon at the Pulaski County Invitational.
Meet host Pulaski, despite poor cold and rainy conditions, beat the field on the boys’ side with a meet-high 185 points. Southwestern, who has made strides all-season long, grabbed the runner-up spot with 99.50 points. With most of the team not participating in the meet due to prom, Somerset came home in the sixth position with 41 points.
In the girls’ standings, Rockcastle County took home the first place trophy with 140 points. The Southwestern Lady Warriors took the second position with 118 points, while the meet host Lady Maroons finished third with 101 points. Somerset, also with much of their squad not participating due to prom, rounded out the top ten with 17 points.
Pulaski senior Alec Wooldridge had himself a nice afternoon, as he had four first place finishes – 100-meter dash (11.55 seconds), 200-meter dash (23.55 seconds), 400-meter dash (52.97 seconds), and the 1600-meter relay (3:30). Joining Wooldridge on the winning relay team was Jimmy Goldson, Austin Hyden, and Kaleb Rowe.
With a clocking of 9:51, Mason Blevins won the two-mile run. Austin Hyden, who also finished third in the long jump, won the high jump event with a jump of 5’08”. Goldson won the 800-meter run (2:08) and finished second in the triple jump (42-01”). Rowe grabbed first place in the triple jump (43’10”) and second in the long jump (19’03”).
Also for Pulaski, Jake Hudson finished second in the 110-meter high hurdle event with a time of 16.76 seconds. Hudson was a part of the 400-meter relay team that finished second. Aaron Flatt, Thomas Gholson, and Josh O’Connor joined Hudson on the team. The same quartet grabbed the second spot in the 800-meter relay.
The Maroons also won the 3200-meter relay, as Blevins, Goldson, Austin Hyden, and Matthew Crawford, ran a time of 8:25. The Southwestern squad of Spencer Brainard, Nathan Hansford, Cory Owens, and Jordan Carrington, finished second with a time of 8:51.
For Southwestern, Owens grabbed a pair of second place finishes in the mile and two-mile runs, while teammate Carrington finished third in the mile. Jamme Butler won the pole vault event with a vault of 9’00”, while the Maroons’ Alex Wilson finished second.
Somerset was led by a second place finish from Will Lange in the 200-meter dash, along with second and third place finishes in the hurdle events from Tyler Megargel.
Three Lady Warrior relay teams had second place finishes – 400-meter, 1600-meter, and 3200-meter. The 400-meter relay team consisted of Cassidy Schulz, Jade Mounce, Samantha Fitzgerald, and Alexis Lovins, while the 1600-meter relay squad was made up of Schulz, Tiffany Russell, Chaney Williams, and Justice Clayton.
The Lady Maroon team of Allie Stevens, Paige Ingram, Alyssa Hyden, and Peyton ‘Pey Pey’ Ingram, kicked off the meet with a winning time of 10:41 in the 3200-meter relay. Southwestern’s quartet of Clayton, Russell, Leanne Crowder, and Ashley Phelps, finished second with a time of 11:36 meet.
Lovins had two second place finishes Saturday – the 100-meter dash (13.40 seconds) and long jump (15’06”). Schulz had a pair of third place finishes in the 100-meter dash (13.45 seconds) and 200-meter dash (28.43 seconds).
Also for the Lady Warriors, Hannah Norris won high jump event with a jump of 4’08”. Ashley Phelps finished second in the two mile run (13:17). With a vault of 6’06”, teammate Taylor Burdine finished second in the pole vault. Somerset’s Halie won the pole vault event with a vault of 7’06”.
The Lady Maroons were paced by a pair of first place finishes from eighth-grader Alyssa Hyden, who won the mile (5:39) and the 800-meter run (2:30). Teammate Paige Ingram came home in the runner-up spot in both events with a time of 5:51 in the mile and 2:38 in the 800-meter run.
Peyton ‘Pey Pey’ Ingram beat the field in the two-mile run, as the Lady Maroon freshman ran the eight-lap race in a time of 12:34. Middle schooler Devin Mayfield, a member of the Pulaski ‘B’ team, finished third in the mile with a time of 5:57. Eulah Perkins finished second in the shot put with a throw of 28’1.50”.
Southwestern and Pulaski will compete in the Class AAA Region 7 Championship on Thursday night at Southwestern High School. Somerset, meanwhile, will travel to Williamsburg on Saturday to compete in the Class A Region 6 Championship at the University of the Cumberlands.