It proved to be another banner year for area athletes at the State Track & Field Championships, and no one should be surprised by that. But it’s worth nothing that the total of titles won by locals this weekend in Louisville compares favorably with their hauls from each of the last three years.
There were nine state championships in all, the same number as last year. Here’s the full list of local winners:
800 — Ross Hempel, Danville
1600 relay — Danville (Hempel, Nick Winkler, Derrick Henderson, Lamont Key)
1600 — Kaitlin Snapp, Danville
3200 — Snapp
Triple jump — Diamond Pace, Danville
400 — Cheyenne Evans, Boyle County
1600 relay — Boyle County (Emily Wesley, Evans, Kelsey Barbato, Emily Hall)
3200 relay — Boyle County (Wesley, Evans, Barbato, Abby Kerbaugh)
Discus — Loran Crowell, Mercer County
And here’s how the number of winners breaks down and compares to the three previous seasons:
- 2008: 9 total titles, 5 in Class A (Danville 5), 4 in Class 2A (Boyle County 3, Mercer County 1).
- 2007: 9 total titles, 4 in A (Danville 4), 5 in 2A (Mercer 4, Casey County 1).
- 2006: 5 total titles, 5 in A (Danville 3, Harrodsburg 2).
- 2005: 5 total titles, 3 in A (Danville 2, Harrodsburg 1), 2 in 2A (Boyle 1, Mercer 1).
What does it mean? That track and field continues to thrive in this area and that local schools continue to hold their own against similar schools from across Kentucky. And the number of young athletes enjoying success at the state and regional levels hints that the state titles will keep on coming.