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MOUNT WASHINGTON - Both of Bullitt East’s top-flight discus throwers went long in the past week with some impressive performances for the first half of the season.
On Tuesday, defending Class AA State Champion Jackie Stevens reached one of her major goals for the season when she uncorked a throw of 119-02 in an All-Comers Meet at Fern Creek High School. That mark surpassed the school record of 118-06 set by Andy Anthony 25-years ago when she won the state discus title.
Stevens, a senior, had not thrown over 112-feet previously in a meet.
On Saturday, Bullitt East sophomore Trevor Troutman neared the boys’ school record in the discus with a throw of 155-03. Along with the fact that he is just a sophomore, the throw at the Harry Greschel Invitational at Christian Academy was impressive because Troutman’s previous personal best had only been the 144-10 throw he had Tuesday in the meet at Fern Creek.
Both Stevens and Troutman were competing in the Tuesday meet because they have been working privately with the throw coach at Fern Creek. They were the only two Bullitt East athletes taking part that day.
As it turned out, Stevens scored 20 points as she also doubled up by winning the shot put at 41-09. Troutman finished with 18 points, finishing second in the shot put at 40-07.
Early last week, Bullitt East track coach Lenny Raley pointed out that Stevens is ranked 54th in the entire country in the shot put and is the 31st best senior. Those same rankings (which came out before the big throws this week) also placed Troutman as the 37th best sophomore discus thrower. Bullitt East’s Andrew Okruch is also ranked 57th among the nation’s freshman discus throwers.
BC at Fern Creek
In the main Fern Creek meet on Tuesday, Bullitt Central competed for the first time this season. The girls’ team finished with 31 points to finish fourth out of six schools while the boys’ collected 56 points to finish second out of four schools.
The Bullitt Central boys’ got team points (top six finishers) from the following events: 1,600-meter run — 1st, Eric Simon; 2nd, Matt Simon; 100-meter dash — 4th, Joseph Whitney; 400-meter dash - 3rd, Matt Simon; Long Jump - 2nd, Whitney; 4th, Bobby Moore; Discus - 4th, Michael Johnson; 5th, Robby Travis; Shot Put - 3rd, Johnson; 4th, James Wise.
The Bullitt Central girls’ team scored points from the following events including a win by junior Danielle Biven in the 3,200-meter run: 1,600-meter run - 5th, Samantha Fox; 400-meter dash - 6th, Alyssa Shifflett; 1,600-meter relay - 4th; High Jump - 2nd, Biven; Discus - 4th, Rebecca Farber; Shot Put - 5th, Farber.
BE & NB at CAL
On Saturday, both Bullitt East and North Bullitt competed in the large Harry Greschel Invitational at Christian Academy in Louisville including Central and Eastern, two of the top programs in the area.
There were 22 teams in the girls’ event. Bullitt East finished seventh with 35 points while North Bullitt finished 11th with 24 points.
The boys’ team race had 21 teams taking part in the 18 events. Bullitt East finished 11th with 25.5 points while North Bullitt was 18th with five points.
Bullitt Central had a handful of athletes at the meet but did not score any points.
Bullitt East collected 20 of the 35 points on the girls’ side from Stevens as she won both the shot put and discus in relatively easy fashion. The senior won the discus by 23 feet and the shot put by over four feet.
Most of the other points also came in the field events from Lynsey Milburn. The junior was second in the high jump at 4-10 as well as sixth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump.
On the track, Bullitt East got two team points from a seventh place finish in the 400-meter dash from Anna-Verena Eireiner.
North Bullitt got another big performance from eighth-grader Chelsey Slayton who was second in the girls’ 800-meter run in a time of 2:26.59.
The Lady Eagles also got three points on the track from junior Helen Heines who was sixth in the 1,600-meter run.
North Bullitt also got points in two relays. The Lady Eagles finished seventh in the 3,200-meter relay for two points and also got two points in the 800-meter relay.
The rest of the team points came from senior Meri Brian in the field events. Brian was third in the long jump at 14-09.5 and was sixth in the triple jump at 30-07.
The Bullitt East boys’ got the win from Troutman in the discus with his throw of 155-03 which won by 17-feet. Troutman also picked up five points in the shot put with a fourth place finish. In the field events, the Chargers also got .5 points from freshman Chris Embry in the long jump.
The other ten Bullitt East points came from sophomore Jacob Duvall in the two hurdle events. He was third in the 110-meter event and was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
North Bullitt finished with five points. Two of the points were scored by senior Derrick Jones who was seventh in the 200-meter dash. The Eagles also got a point in two races from sophomore Chris Pate who was eighth both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. The other point came from an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter relay.