Local track teams picking up speed for post-season

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Track and Field

By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – The track teams at North Bullitt and Bullitt East both were in meets last Tuesday after returning from spring break and the meets were only a few miles apart, but as of yet this season, the two squads have not battled each other.

That could change on Tuesday as all three Bullitt County track programs are scheduled to compete in an All-Comers Meet at Bardstown High School.

Chargers at Collins

Competing on Tuesday at Martha Layne Collins High School, Bullitt East head coach Lenny Raley didn’t have all his top competitors (due to ring ceremony) but the Chargers and Lady Chargers had enough to make a strong showing against four other teams.

On the girls’ side, Bullitt East was third with 66 points as Shelby County totaled 77 points and Collins 76 points. Kentucky Country Day and Anderson County also competed.

The result was the same on the boys’ side as the Chargers were third with 81 points. Anderson County won the meet with 104 points while Collins had 96 points.

The highlight on Tuesday for the Chargers was the school record high jump by sophomore Trase Milburn who cleared 6-2 for the first time in his career. That is the second best high jump in Class AA this spring. Milburn was also second in both the long jump and the triple jump.

Another strong performance was turned in by senior Chris Embry who had just earlier joined the team after taking a break from playing basketball. Embry, who has had just one practice this season, soared 20-02 in the long jump to win that event by over a foot.

In the strength events, Bullitt East senior Andrew Okruch won both the shot put and the discus.

The only other win for the Chargers on Tuesday came in the 3,200-meter run as freshman Isaac Shelton won in a time of 11:13.13. Bullitt East also got a number of points in the middle distance events as Michael Montgomery and Cole Green went two-three in the 800-meter run while Brandon Wiseheart, Montgomery and Shelton finished third-fourth-fifth in the 1,600-meter run.

Because it was Junior Ring Night at Bullitt East, the Lady Chargers did not have sprint specialist Meghan Roby for this meet.

The red and gold did get a win on the track from senior Hannah Link in the 400-meter dash as well as scoring well in the distance events against strong competition. Shelby Holt won the 800-meter run for the Lady Chargers while Sierra Poppell and Holt went three-four in the 1,600-meter run. Poppell was the first runner back in the 3,200-meter run, winning by over a minute.

Bullitt East also got some new points in the field events from sophomore TK Brown who was competing in her first track meet ever. Brown won both the long jump and the triple jump with impressive opening night distances of 14-11 in the long jump and 30-10 in the triple jump.

North at Oldham Co.

North Bullitt is short on numbers this season and the green and gold showed mixed results on Tuesday at the Oldham County All-Comers Meet. This event had nine girls’ teams taking part and ten boys’ teams.

The only wins in the meet for North Bullitt came on the boys’ side as senior Patrick Egnor turned in two strong runs in winning at both 400- and 800-meters. Egnor had a time of 51.80 in the 400 win and was timed in 2:05.93 in the 800 win.

Egnor also dropped down and ran in the 200-meter dash, finishing second in a time of 23.27, just .03 behind the winner.

The other two points scored by North Bullitt came in the 1,600-meter relay.

The Lady Eagles finished sixth in the team battle with 33 points which was well off the pace of the 191 points scored by the host team. All the other schools were well back of Oldham County as runner-up Christian Academy had only 62 points.  

The Lady Eagles had a little more depth than the boys’ team as four athletes scored points in the meet, although, there were no wins.

North Bullitt junior Chelsey Slayton continued to regain her form in the 800-meter run as she finished second in this meet in a time 2:28.80.

The Lady Eagles also got a second place finish from senior Caitlin Montgomery in the shot put as she threw it 32-06. Montgomery was also sixth in the discus.

       North Bullitt sophomore Bre Stewart also had a nice high jump as she cleared 5-0 to finish third. Junior Elizabeth Grau was fourth in the 200-meter dash. The North Bullitt 1,600-meter ‘A’ relay team also scored six points with a third-place finish.