By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
At the conclusion of last year’s Class AAA Region 7 Championship, it was the Madison Central boys doing the celebrating after winning a regional title over Pulaski County.
In the 2013 edition of the Class AAA Region 7 Championship on Thursday evening at Southwestern High School, it was the other away around, as the Pulaski County boys team captured the regional title over Madison Central by a score of 191 to 171. Southwestern finished third with 51 points.
On the girls side once again, it was Madison Central coming away with a regional title, as they scored a meet-high 174.50 points. The Southwestern Lady Warriors came in second with 88 points, while the Pulaski County Lady Maroons finished in the third spot with 67 points.
Several local athletes and relay teams qualified for next week’s Class AAA portion of the Kentucky State Track and Field Championship, which will be held at the University of Louisville's Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park. To qualify for state competition, athletes or relay teams must finish in first or second in each event, or meet the qualifying time or mark.
The Maroon boys broke a pair of school records en route to winning a regional championship. The 1600-meter relay team of Alec Woolridge, Austin Hyden, Kaleb Rowe, and Jimmy Goldson, won the event with a time of 3:27, which broke a 33-year-old record. The previous record, which was set in 1980, was 3:39.
Josh O’Connor, Jake Hudson, Aaron Flatt, and Thomas Gholson, won the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:33, which broke a 29-year-old record of 1:34. The same four athletes won the 400-meter relay in a time of 45.40 seconds.
Pulaski’s 3200-meter relay squad of Matthew Crawford, Jimmy Goldson, Mason Blevins, and Austin Hyden, opened up the meet with a 20-second victory. The Maroons’ winning time was 8:12.
Wooldridge had pair of first place finishes in the 100-meter dash (11.65 seconds) and 200-meter dash (23.45 seconds), along with a second place finish in the 400-meter dash (52.58 seconds). O’Connor grabbed a pair of second place finishes in the 100-meter dash (11.72 seconds) and 200-meter dash (23.52 seconds).
Goldson came home in the first position in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59 and second in the triple jump with a mark of 41’07”. Blevins swept the distance races at the meet, as he won the mile with a clocking of 4:29 and the two-mile with a time of 10:05. Crawford qualified for the State Meet with a second place finish in the 800-meter run (2:02).
Rowe ran away with a top finish in two events - triple jump and 400-meter dash. Rowe’s time in the one-lap race was 51.84 seconds and his winning jump was 44’02”. Daniel Pitman won the pole vault event with a vault of 10’06”. Hudson came home in second place in the 110-meter hurdle event with a clocking of 16.76 seconds.
The Warriors had two athletes qualify for state competition - Quinton Stallion and Eric Andrews. Stallion won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.65 seconds, while Andrews came finished second in the pole vault event with a mark of 9’06”.
Lady Warrior head coach Debbie Carrington was glad to see her team accomplish both team and individual goals in the teams’ second-place finish at the meet.
“I am so proud of these young ladies,” said Carrington. “They had a goal from the beginning of the season to bring home a team trophy and they accomplished that goal and more. Not only did they succeed as a team but they reached personal goals as well. This is a great group of talented athletes who unselfishly worked together to reach their goals.”
With a time of 53.05 seconds, the 400-meter relay of Cassidy Schulz, Samantha Fitzgerald, Jade Mounce, and Alexis Lovins finished first. Lovins, Fitzgerald, Mounce, and Chaney Williams grabbed the runner-up spot in the 800-meter relay.
Lovins won the long jump event with a mark of 15’00.50” and finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.25 seconds. Hannah Norris will be in next week’s State Meet after a second place finish in the high jump event.
The Lady Maroons’ 3200-meter relay team of Alyssa Hyden, Paige Ingram, Allie Stevens, and Peyton ‘Pey Pey’ Ingram finished second with a clocking of 10:18. In a time of 4:26, the team of Stevens, Alyssa Hyden, Paige Ingram, and Kalie Holman, grabbed second place in the 1600-meter relay.
Alyssa Hyden won the mile run in a time of 5:39, while teammate Peyton Ingram finished second in the two-mile run with a clocking of 13:01.
The Class AAA portion of the Kentucky State Track and Field Championship is set to get underway next Saturday afternoon at Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park, on the campus of the University of Louisville.