Runnin’ Raiders compete in NCKTC

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By The Staff

Only in their fifth year of existence of having a track team, the Trimble County Runnin’ Raiders made some noise in the North Central Kentucky Track Championship meet Thursday at the Walton Verona Sports Complex. Twelve teams including Western Hills, Owen, Frankfort, Grant County, Pendleton County, KCD, Carroll County, Henry County, Walton Verona, and Eminence competed in the meet.  

A very talented Western Hills team won the meet. The Lady Raiders scored 122 points to bring home the NCKTC Runner-up trophy. Scorers for the team included the girls’ 4x800m relay team consisting of Kelsie Courtney, Colyn True, Brandi Chappell, and Jessica Cooley. They placed second overall.  Danyal Adams placed sixth in the 100h.  Jessie Smith placed fourth in the 100m.  The girls’ 4x200m relay team--Sara Kate Long, Jessie Smith, Eden Lacefield, and Baylie Robbins--placed third overall.

In the 1600m, Brandi Chappell placed fifth and Kirsten Baird finished sixth overall.  In the 4x100m relay, the Lady Raiders (Long, Smith, Robbins and Lacefield) placed fourth overall. In the 300h, Courtney placed second overall. In the 800m, Cooley placed second overall. In the 3200m, Chappell placed second and Kylie Wilberding finished fourth. In the 4x400m relay Jessica Cooley, Courtney, Chappell and Lacefield placed third overall. In the shot put, Long placed seventh.

In the long jump, Olivia Cooley finished fourth and Kayla Barnes placed eighth. In the triple jump, Olivia Cooley placed first overall. In the high jump, Adams finished fourth and Barnes seventh. In the pole vault, Courtney finished second and Jessica Cooley placed third. In the turbo javelin, Adams placed first and Olivia Cooley finished 5th.  

The boys’ track team scored 91.50 points and placed third out of 10 teams, getting edged out by talented teams Western Hills and Walton Verona. Top scorers for the boys’ team included the boys’ 4x800 team of Taylor Ball, Justin Perkins, Matt Stethen and Mike Baird placed second overall. Blake Renfro placed fourth and Zach Adair finished eighth in the 100m. In the boys’ 4x200m relay Stuart Barnes, Renfro, Newby and Adair placed third overall.

In the 1600m, Perkins placed fourth and Baird finished seventh. In the boys’ 4x100m relay Barnes, Renfro, Newby and Adair placed second overall. In the 300h, Michael Gonterman placed eighth overall.  In the 800m, Ball placed second and Baird sixth overall. In the 3200m, Perkins finished fourth and Kyle Howdyshell placed fifth. In the boys’ 4x400m relay, Ball, Renfro, Newby and Adair placed fifth overall.

In the long jump, Matt Geisler placed seventh overall. In the triple jump, Barnes finished third and Gonterman placed seventh. In the high jump, Barnes finished fourth overall. In the pole vault, Stethen placed first and Jordan Blanton finished fourth overall.  

“I was very impressed with how our team performed tonight,” Coach Vincent said. “This group loves a challenge and doesn’t seem to back down from anything. We are also beginning to peak for region which is encouraging to see. I’m pretty excited about our chances at region. We could send quite a few kids to the big dance. It should be fun.”  

The Trimble track team will compete in the Region 5 Championships this weekend at Tates Creek High School in Lexington. The meet begins at 4 p.m.