By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
Maranda Mills started out where she left off last spring.
Mills, who won the KHSAA Track & Field Class A girls triple jump last spring and just missed winning the long jump, captured both the long jump and triple jump Class A state titles in this weekend’s Mason-Dixon Games Kentucky High School Indoor Track & Field State Championships.
Mills, a sophomore at Somerset High School, demolished the field in both of her individual events. Mills’ basketball season had just ended on Thursday, Feb.28 after the Lady Jumpers were ousted in the 12th Region Tournament. Two days later, Mills walked away with two state gold medals on the track.
Mills won the girls Class A triple jump with a best of 35’08”, which was over 2 feet better than her nearest competitor.
Mills won the long jump event with a best leap of 16’09.25”, which was almost 2 feet better than the next best jumper. Mills missed the meet record by just 2.5 inches, which is impressive considering she has not jumped all winter.
In the boys Class AAA, the Pulaski County High School boys track team placed fifth overall with 38 points.
The Maroons were led by Kaleb Rowe with a pair of state top-three performances.
Rowe, a junior, placed second in the boys Class AAA triple jump with a best of 42’00.25”. Rowe placed third in the long jump with a best leap of 19’11.25”.
Pulaski junior Austin Hyden placed second in the Class AAA high jump with a best clearance of 6’00”. Hyden’s 6’ leap tied for first, but he fell to second after a jump-off.
Pulaski sophomore Euliah Perkins placed third in the girls Class AAA shot put with a best of 32’06.5”.
Somerset junior Will Lange had two top-5 performances in the sprinting events. Lange finished third in the 60-meter dash with a clocking of 7.45. Lange finished fourth in the Class A 400-meter dash with a time of 56.53.
Lange also ran a leg in the boys 800-meter relay with Somerset teammates Tyler
Megargel, Cole Smith and Carlos Canella. The Briar Jumper foursome placed sixth with a 1:44.43 clocking.
Pulaski senior Daniel Pitman placed third in the Class AAA pole vault with a best of 10’0”.
Somerset senior Tyler Megargel placed fourth in the Class A 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.51.
The Pulaski boys 3200-meter relay team of Morgan Stevens, Austin Hyden, Jimmy Goldson and Matthew Crawford, placed third with a time of 8:26.58.
Other Pulaski athletes placing in the top 10 of their respective events were Jake Hudson placed 9th in 60-meter hurdles, Josh O’Conner placed 10th in 60-meter dash, Alyssa Hyden placed 8th in the 3000-meter run, Mason Blevins placed 6th in the 3000-meter run and Cody Smith placed 8th in the shot put.
Other Somerset athletes placing in the top 10 were Kaycee Rader placed 9th in the 800-meter run, Jessica Wallace placed 7th in the 400-meter dash and Ensley Peters placed 5th in the shot put.