JP Vaught wins four events in region meet

STEVE CORNELIUS I CJ

Southwestern High School seniors Drew Sawyers (left) and JP Vaught finish neck-and-neck in the 400-meter dash in the Class AAA Region 7 track meet on Tuesday. Vaught won three individual regional titles and was on a winning relay team, with teammate Sawyers.

School may be out, but Southwestern high School senior JP Vaught dished out some sprinting lessons on Tuesday by winning four events in the Class AAA Region 7 Track Championships at Pulaski County High School. Vaught won individual regional crowns in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the 400-meter dash. Vaught was also on the winning Southwestern 800-meter relay team.

Vaught won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.82. Vaught won the 400-meter run with a time of 49.64. Vaught won the 200-meter dah with a time of 22.11. The Southwestern 800-meter relay team of Andrew Richardson, JP Vaught, Drew Sawyers, and Collin Miller win with a time of 1:29.09.

For his high school career dating back to 2016, Vaught accumulated eight individual regional titles (three in 100 meters, four in 200 meters and one in 400 meters), and has four more regional gold medals on Southwestern sprint relay teams.

Meanwhile, Pulaski County sophomore sprinter Maddy Dunn started her own collection of regional titles, as he won two individual sprinting events, and was on a Lady Maroons' winning relay team. Dunn won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.36, and won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.68. Dunn was also on the winning 800-meter relay team and the region runner-up 1600-meter relay team.

The Pulaski County 800-meter relay team of Shelby Cothron, Morgan Bruin, Ashton Ikerd, and Maddy Dunn won with a time of 1:45.40. The Pulaski County girls 1600-meter relay team of Morgan Bruin, Sarah Swift, Shelby Cothron, and Maddy Dunn placed second with a time of 4:15.19.

Pulaski County junior Piper Uhles won the girls discus with a best of 107'09", and placed third in the shot put with a best of 27'09.5".

The Pulaski County boys 400-meter relay team of Ethan Ware, Dalton Bertram, Grayson Turner, and Jake Sloan won with a time of 45.42. The Southwestern 400-meter relay team of Andrew Richardson, Emmanuel Markin, Colin Miller, and Jordan Strevels placed second with a time of 45.44.

In the boys team standings, Southwestern was the region runner-up trophy with 87 points, while Pulaski County placed third with 80 points. Madison Central won the boys team title with 150 points.

In the girls team standings, Pulaski County placed third with 99 points. West Jessamine won the girls team title with 127 points.

The Pulaski County 3200-meter relay team of Sarah Swift, Alex Cundiff, Lexi Thomsen, and Lauren Smith placed third with a time of 10:39.3.

Pulaski County freshman Grayson Turner placed third in the boys 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.97.

Southwestern senior Colin Miller placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.20.

The Pulaski County 800-meter relay team of Dalton Bertram, Hunter Godsey, Ethan Ware, and Ian Ware placed second with a time of 1:33.76.

The Pulaski County girls 400-meter relay team of Lexie Cathers, Ashton Ikerd, Caroline Oakes, and Shelby Cothron placed second with a time of 52.50.

Pulaski County sophomore Shelby Cothron placed second in the girls 400-meter run with a time of 61.94.

Southwestern senior Drew Sawyers placed second in the 400-meter run with a time of 49.72. Sawyers placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.65.

Pulaski County sophomore Jeremiah Pierce placed third in the boys 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.49.

Pulaski County sophomore Morgan Bruin placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.41.

Pulaski County sophomore Ethan Ware placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.55.

Pulaski County junior Jake Sloan placed second in the triple jump with a best of 41'10".

Pulaski County senior Hunter Godsey placed third in the pole vault with a best of 12'0".

The top two in each event automatically qualify for the KHSAA Class AAA State meet on Saturday, June 1, at the University of Kentucky.

STEVE CORNELIUS is the CJ Sports Editor and can be reached at sports@somerset-kentucky.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CJSportseditor.

Steve Cornelius has worked as a journalist at the Commonwealth Journal since 2001, and has been the CJ Sports Editor since 2005.