Southwestern’s Dustin Fothergill scores 33 points to lead the Warriors to victory.

Does this sound familiar basketball fans?

Well it happened this past Saturday — but it happened in a track meet, instead of on the basketball court. Fothergill, and his Warrior track teammates, scored 129 points to win the fourth annual Warrior Invitational track meet at Southwestern High School. Pulaski came in a close second with 118.5 points.

Fothergill won both the long jump and the triple jump events to pick up 20 points. But then, Fothergill placed fourth in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash to pick up 13 more points.

Fothergill, who is ranked among the state’s top long jumpers and triple jumpers, has now started to give the sprinters a run for their money.

“The coaches’ thought I should try to run some sprint races to see how I would do,” Fothergill said. “I think I surprised a lot of people, including myself, when I ran a 11.2 (in the 100 meters) last week.”

Fothergill won the long jump with a best of 20 feet 6.5 inches and he won the triple jump with a best of 39 feet 1 inch. Fothergill was clocked at 11.87 in the 100 and 23.45 in the 200.

The Southwestern 3200-meter relay team, of Jacob Belwood, Jason Briones, Trevor Jones and Chris Rink, edged Pulaski for the gold medal with a winning time of 8 minutes 40.6 seconds.

Fothergill’s jumping event wins and the Warriors’ 3200-relay win was Southwestern’s only gold medals on the day, but solid scoring in almost every event gave the Warriors the boys’ team title on Saturday.

Southwestern’s’ Ryan Pruett placed seventh in the 100 meters, placed sixth in the 200 meters, ran a leg on the third place 400-relay team and placed seventh in the pole vault; Casey Dalton placed fourth in the 400 meters and ran a leg in the fourth place 1600-relay team; Jacob Belwood placed third in the 1600-meter run, placed fifth in the 800-meter run and ran a leg on the winning 3200-relay team; Will Hammond placed third in the long jump and placed fourth in the triple jump; Adam Diamond placed second in the shot put; Trevor Jones placed third in the 800-meters, ran a leg on the fifth place 1600-relay team and ran a leg on the winning 3200-relay team; Southwestern’s Kyle Rogers placed fourth in the 110 hurdles; and Ty Uhlig placed sixth in the 110 hurdles and placed fifth in the 300 hurdles.

For Pulaski, Todd Miller had is usual great day by winning three events — pole vault, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles— and he picked up four more points with his fifth-place high jump finish. Miller scored a meet-high 34 points.

Pulaski distance runner Patrick Jenkins scored 22 points en route to winning the two distance events. Jenkins ran away from a strong 1600-meter field to clock his best four-lap time of 4 minutes 35.7 seconds. Jenkins also had no problems in the 3200-meter run with a winning time of 10 minutes 18.6 seconds. Prior to his two distance-race wins, Jenkins ran a 2:07 leg in the Maroons’ second place finish in the 3200-meter relay.

“I had a good day today,” Jenkins said after his 1600-meter win. “ I set two personal records in the same meet.”

“(In the 1600-meter race) I just wanted to get ahead and stay in the front of the pack,” Jenkins said.

In the 1600-meter race, Boyle County’s Sam Morgan (second place), Southwestern’s Jacob Belwood (third place) and Somerset’s Adam Joplin (fourth place) fell off Jenkins’ quick pace after only 600 meters. Jenkins’ negative splits on the last three laps gave him a nearly 80- yard margin from the rest of the filed. Jenkins ran quarter splits of 67, 68, 66 and 64 seconds.

Pulaski’s Aaron Ross finished second in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 300-meter hurdles. Pulaski’s Chris Harness finished second in the pole vault.

In the girls’ division, Bishop Brossart edged out Danville for the team title. Pulaski girls finished fourth in the team standings.

The Lady Maroons got a strong performance by their star sophomore middle distance runner Lakia Sneed, as she picked up wins in the 800-meter run and the 1600-meter run.

Sneed, who has struggled somewhat in the four-lapper thus far this season, looked to be in championship form by running away from the field in the 1600-meter race with a winning time of 5 minutes 46 seconds.

“Lakia (Sneed) has really looked good in practice this past week and we felt she was due for a strong performance,” Pulaski coach Liza McAninch said.

Sneed had to gut out her win in the 800 meters as she overtook Boyle County’s Kelsey Barbato in the last 20 meters of the race. In the 800-meter race, Sneed lost the lead on the back stretch, only to go wide down the homestretch and overtake her opponent at the tape. Sneed had a winning time of 2 minutes 31.3 seconds.

“When (Barbato) passed me and didn’t pull away from me, I knew I had a chance to pass her back down the homestretch,” Sneed said. “I have been running well in practice and I felt good in both my races today.”

Other local top finishers included, Pulaski’s Denetta Hale finished third in the 3200 meters, third in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump; Pulaski’s Kaley McClure finished second in the 100-meter hurdles and second in the high jump; Pulaski’s Christina Caron finished second in the pole vault; Southwestern’s Kotey Crowe finished second in the pole vault; Southwestern’s Devin Fothergill finished fourth in the high jump. The Southwestern 3200-meter relay team, of Allison Briones, Elizabeth Eaton, Jaci Haynes and Emily McPherson, finished in second place.

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