By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
Eastern Relays is considered the premier Kentucky high school regular season invitational meet.
Eastern Relays is ran on the past KHSAA state chapmanship track facility – Owsley B. Frazier Cardinal Park – and it attracts the best track & field athletes from the state of Kentucky, and surrounding states.
Going into the Eastern Relays boys 100-meter dash, Somerset High School senior Cam Cheuvront knew he would have his work cut out for him if he wanted to keep his 2014 100-meter win streak intact.
Cheuvront, who had won his first four 100-meter races of the season (Madison Central Inv., Warrior Classic, South Laurel Inv. and Pulaski All-Comers), finished a close fourth in last year’s Eastern Relays – after running stride-for-stride with Trinity’s James Quick.
Despite coming into this year’s event with a 5-seed and an undesirable lane 8 assignment, Cheuvront pulled off the ‘sprint’ upset with a winning time of 10.99.
Cheuvront, the defending Class A 100-meter state champion, won by a photo finish decision and 1/100 second over Khari Saunders of Ft. Knox. Six of the top sprinters in the state of Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana finished within 1/10 of a second from each other, with Cheuvront on top of them all.
“Cam's win made a huge statement around the state,” Somerset High School track coach Steve Wallace said. “Most coaches and athletes in Kentucky knew of Cam Cheuvront and his speed, but Saturday’s win over the top sprinters – not only the state of Kentucky but sprinters from 6 other states – solidified him as the one to beat at the State Meet.”
Pulaski County High School senior Kaleb Rowe placed second in the boys triple jump with a best of 44’11.5. Rowe, who finished second in last year’s Class AAA state meet, was the top Kentucky finisher. Rowe finished seventh in the long jump with a best of 20’11”.
Pulaski senior Austin Hyden finished second in the boys high jump and was the top Kentucky jumper. Hyden’s best clearance was 6’06”. Hyden ran a personal best 51.20 in the 400-meter dash to place 14th. Also, Hyden placed place 20th in the long jump witha 19’05.75”
Somerset junior sensation Maranda Mills placed third in the girls triple jump with a National Elite mark of 36’00”. Over the past two years and 17 competitions, Mills has only been defeated in the triple jump event on three occasions. Mills placed third in the long jump with a best of 17’05.25”, and turned in the best Kentucky performance in the event.
Despite finishing 37th in the star-studded boys 3,200-meter run, Pulaski senior Mason Blevins turned in a National Elite time of 9:35.1. Blevins placed 27th in the mile run with a time of 4:33.01.
Pulaski senior Jake Hudson finished 28th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.10.
Pulaski junior Matthew Crawford placed 28th in the 800-meter run with a personal best time of 2:01.78.
The Pulaski 400-meter relay team of Aaron Flatt, Thomas Gholson, George Gregory and Jake Hudson placed 20th with a 45.84 clocking.
Local high school track teams will compete in the Pulaski County Invitational on Saturday, May 3, at Pulaski County High School.