East, Central battle in track meet at Nelson Co.

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Track and Field

By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – Bullitt East and Bullitt Central got in some early-season track action against each other last Tuesday as both teams took fairly complete squads to an All-Comers Meet at Nelson County High School.

With the top seven competitors in each event scoring team points, the two Bullitt County teams made strong shows in both the boys’ and the girls’ meet.

On the boys’ side, Bullitt East picked up the win amongst eight schools as coach Lenny Raley’s squad collected 117 points. Bullitt Central was fourth with 86 points, finishing behind Central Hardin and Spencer County.

It was very close at the top of the girls’ meet as Nelson County picked the win with 138 points. Bullitt East was second with 117 while Bullitt Central was just behind with 112 points.

Girls’ Action

While Nelson County won the girls’ team meet, the two Bullitt County squads won 11 of the 16 events with six of the wins coming from Bullitt East athletes.

Still, the athlete of the meet was Bullitt Central sophomore Kasey Renfrow as she won three events and was second in her fourth race. In fact, four of Bullitt Central’s five wins were from Renfrow’s as younger sister Jessie Renfrow had one victory.

Kasey Renfrow did it both on the track and in the field events. The sophomore won the high jump at 4-4 while also winning the long jump, her best event, at 16-feet. On the track, Renfrow won the 300-meter hurdles and was second to Bullitt East’s Meghan Roby in the 100-meter dash.

Jessie Renfrow, a freshman, won the triple jump at 30-07 and she was also third in the long jump.

Bullitt Central’s other win came in the 200-meter dash as Emily McKnight won in 27.08.

Bullitt East answered with a balanced attack to win six events.

Roby won the 100-meter dash and she teamed with Hannah Link, Daria Reynolds and Maddie Smith to give Bullitt East the title in the 800-meter relay.

Bullitt East also had a strong day in the distance events. At 1,600-meters, eighth-grader Caroline Collins was the first back to the line in 5:52.38 and at 3,200-meters, the win went to Bullitt East freshman Sierra Poppell in 12:25.87 as she won by over a minute. Collins and Poppell then teamed up with Shelby Holt and Olivia Napier to win the 3,200-meter relay in 10:51.22.

In the field events, Bullitt East got a win from freshman Katelyn Hanna in the discus at 74-07.

Okruch Dominates

Bullitt East senior Andrew Okruch, the runner-up in the Class AA discus last season at the state championships, blew away the field in the two strength events in this meet winning both the discus and shot put.

In the discus, Okruch unleashed a throw of 157-06 to win by 48 feet over Bullitt Central’s Jeremy Flener. That throw is just under what Okruch threw at the end of last season.

The shot put went to Okruch with a throw of 47-04.5. That was a win of seven-feet.

Bullitt East also got a pair of wins from sophomore Trase Milburn as he won the high jump at 5-10 and the triple jump at 39-11. Milburn was also second in the long jump.

In the high jump, both Milburn and Bullitt Central junior Alex Whitmore cleared 5-10, but Milburn won with few misses at the lower heights.

The other wins for Bullitt East came in the distance events. Senior Brandon Wiseheart won the 1,600-meter run in 4:56.82 and was second in the 800-meter run. At 3,200-meters, sophomore Michael Montgomery picked up a narrow win in 11:04.99.

Bullitt East also won the 3,200-meter relay with the team of Wiseheart, Montgomery, Scotty McIntyre and Cole Stump. That group won the race by 34 seconds.

Despite the strong overall showing, Bullitt Central had just one victory in the meet and that came in the 800-meter relay. That team included senior Dakota Montgomery along with sophomores Trevor Carnell, Brandon Krebs and Zack Patton.

Bullitt Central was second in the 400-meter relay with the team of Montgomery, Krebs, Josh Wall and Ollie Newton.