By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
Somerset High School track standouts Maranda Mills and Cam Cheuvront had successful outdoor track campaigns last season, as they both captured individual KHSAA State Championship titles.
This past weekend in the KTCCCA Class A State Indoor Track Championships, Mills and Cheuvront won a couple more state track titles.
Mills, the two-time defending Class A triple jump KHSAA outdoor state champion, won two indoor state championship titles his past weekend with wins in the triple jump and the high jump.
Mills, a junior, won the triple jump with a best mark of 34’08". Mills also won the high jump with a best clearance of 5’0”. Mills placed sixth in the girls’ long jump.
Heading into the indoor state championships, Mills had very little practice time since the Lady Jumpers basketball season just finished up their season after a first round loss in the 12th Region Tournament just two days prior. Getting your steps down is a big part of the jumping events, and Mills had no time to work on her steps prior to the indoor state track meet.
“Maranda is a super athlete,” Somerset track coach Steve Wallace exclaimed. “She didn’t have one of her better jumps, but it was still good enough to win state. She wasn’t happy with her performance, so she will be working hard this spring to get even better.”
“For someone to be out on the basketball court on Thursday and then step onto the track for the first time two days later is unbelievable,” Wallace added. “She has had no practice at the high jump or the triple jump, but she won two more sate titles off sheer athletic ability.”
After winning the long jump and the triple jump in last year’s state indoor meet, Mills has now accumulated six individual track state titles over the past three years.
Cheuvront, the defending Class A 100-meter state champ, won the Class A boys’ 55-meter state title in a state meet record time of 6.49. Cheuvront’s clocking was the best in the state among all three classifications and was one of a few National Elite marks set in the KTCCCA State Indoor Championships.
Cheuvront, a senior, tied the Class A state meet 55-meter indoor record of 6.49 set by Danville’s Troy McCowan in 1989.
On Saturday, Cheuvront’s 6.49 clocking in the 55 meters is ranked as the 41st best time in the entire nation.
Cheuvront placed third in the boys long jump with a best of 19’11.5”. Cheuvront started long jumping for the first time just a few weeks ago.
“Cam has turned in the best time in the state so far in the indoor season, and that is against the best sprinters in Lexington and Louisville,“ Wallace stated. “Cam has had an exceptional year so far.”
“Cam is getting a lot of noterity for his sprinting ability over the past week and a half,” Wallace said. “I am getting emails from a lot college coaches interested in having Cam join their track programs.”
Somerset senior Braden Bigelow placed second in the pole vault with a best of 10’0”, while Jumper junior teammate Cort Adams finished third in the same event with a best clearance of 9’6”.
Somerset’s Will Lange finished fourth in the 55 meters with a 6.97 clocking.
Somerset junior Quintin Stallion placed fifth in the boys 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.00.
Somerset senior Peter Ensley finished fifth in the shot put with a best mark of 38’10.25”.
The Somerset boys team finished 4th overall with 50.5 points, while the Lady Jumpers finished 7th with 26 points.