Three local athletes - Cam Cheuvront, Jimmy Goldson, and Maranda Mills - came away with individual state titles at this year’s state track meet.
For their success at the state track meet, those three athletes have been named the 2013 Commonwealth Journal All-County Track and Field Athletes of the Year.
Along with those three tracksters, six more local athletes join the field on the 2013 All-County squad. Four athletes are from Pulaski, four from Somerset and Southwestern had one athlete on the al-county list.
Cam Cheuvront, a junior at Somerset, beat the field in the 100-meter dash at the KHSAA Class A State Track Meet, finishing first with a time of 10.99 seconds. The junior also played a role in Somerset’s second-place finish in the 800-meter relay and seventh in the 400-meter relay.
At the Class A Region 6 Meet, Cheuvront won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.18 seconds. Against some of the top athletes from surrounding states at the Eastern Relays, Cheuvront finished fourth in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.16 seconds.
Maranda Mills, who was named the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year and the Track and Field Athlete of the Year, medaled in two events at this year’s state meet. Mills, only a sophomore at Somerset, won the triple jump (35’06”) event and finished third in long jump (16’09.50”).
Mills, the only female to be named to this year’s squad, had two first-place finishes, one second-place finish, and one third-place finish at the Class A Region 6 Meet. The Lady Jumper sophomore won the long jump and triple jump, while she earned the runner-up spot in the 200-meter dash and third in the 100-meter dash.
Pulaski County’s Jimmy Goldson brought home a state title in the 800-meter run at the KHSAA Class AAA State Track Meet with a winning time of 1:55. The junior also played a pivotal role in the Maroons’ fourth-place finish in the 3200-meter relay and second-place finish in the 1600-meter relay.
In the Class AAA Region 7 Meet at Southwestern, Goldson, with a clocking time of 1:59, won the 800-meter run. At the Eastern Relays, the Pulaski junior finished 34th with a time of 2:05.
Joining Cheuvront from the Somerset boys’ team is Will Lange and Tyler Megargel.
Will Lange, a junior, competed in three events at the state meet and finished inside the top six in each of those events. Lange finished fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.32 seconds), second in the 800-meter relay (1:31), and sixth in the 200-meter dash (22.59 seconds).
The Somerset junior grabbed a gold medal and a silver medal at the Class A Region 6 Meet, finishing first in the 200-meter dash (23.12 seconds) and second in the 100-meter dash (11.58 seconds). Lange, at the Eastern Relays, finished in the ninth position in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 23.08 seconds.
Tyler Megargel earned a spot on this year’s team after being the Briar Jumpers’ hurdle specialist all-season long. In the hurdle events at the state meet, the senior finished 17th in the 300-meter hurdles and 15th in the 110-meter hurdles.
In addition to competing in the hurdle events at the KHSAA Class A State Track Meet, Megargel played a role in Somerset’s second-place finish in the 800-meter relay and seventh-place finish in the 400-meter relay.
At the Class A Region 6 Meet at the University of the Cumberlands, Megargel swept the hurdle events. The Somerset senior won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.74 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in a clocking of 46.43 seconds.
Joining Goldson from the Maroons is Alec Wooldridge, Mason Blevins, and Kaleb Rowe.
Senior Alec Wooldridge competed in three events at the KHSAA Class AAA State Track Meet - the 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, and 1600-meter relay. Wooldridge finished 21st in the 100-meter dash (11.21 seconds), 12th in the 400-meter dash (51.34 seconds), and second in the 1600-meter relay (3:23).
Woolridge won three individual events at the regional meet, as he won the 100-meter dash (11.65 seconds), the 200-meter dash (23.45 seconds), and the 400-meter dash (52.58 seconds). The Maroon senior finished 20th in the 100-meter dash (11.57 seconds) and 26th in the 400-meter dash (53.15 seconds) at the prestigious Eastern Relays.
Mason Blevins, a junior for the Maroons, also had a nice showing the state meet. The Pulaski junior had an 11th-place finish in the mile run and an seventh-place finish in the two-mile run, while pacing Pulaski to a fourth-place finish in the 3200-meter relay.
Blevins tallied the ‘distance double’ at the Class AAA Region 7 Meet, as he won the mile in a time of 4:29 and the two-mile with a clocking of 9:54. At the Eastern Relays, the junior ran a 4:35 in the mile and 9:33 in the two-mile.
Kaleb Rowe, who was Pulaski’s jump specialist in 2013, had a great year for the Maroons. Rowe grabbed the runner-up spot in the triple jump at the state meet with a mark of 45’01”. The Pulaski junior was on the Maroons’ second-place 1600-meter relay team, as well.
Leading up to the state meet, Rowe grabbed two first-place finishes in the triple jump and 400-meter dash at the Class AAA Region 7 Meet. Rowe, who also finished third in the long jump, had a mark of 44’02 in the triple jump and a time of 51.84 seconds in the 400-meter dash. At the Eastern Relays, Rowe grabbed a seventh-place finish in the triple jump and a 24th-place finish in the long jump.
Southwestern High School freshman Alexis Lovins was the Lady Warriors’ lone Class AAA State Meet scorer with a eighth place finish in the long jump with a best of 16’01.25”.
Lovins won the Class AAA Region 7 long jump title and placed second in the region in the 100-meter dash. Lovins’ 22.5 points scored helped the Lady Warriors secure a Region 7 runner-up title.
Cheuvront, Mills, Goldson, and Rowe were all named to the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (KTCCCA) First-Team All-State Team.