MOUNT WASHINGTON - It is going to be a short track season in Kentucky this spring so Bullitt East and North Bullitt have already gotten a good look at each other in two meets before spring break.
The two area Class AA programs were both in the Oldham County Kick-off Classic last Saturday and then on Monday they competed against each other, along with Whitefield Academy on the boys’ side, two days later in a meet at Bullitt East.
The reason for the short season this spring is based on the availability of the University of Louisville Track and Field facility. Because of other events there, the high school track season will be finished before Memorial Day for the first time in a long time. In fact, the Class AA regional will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at Christian Academy with the State Championships for Class AA on Thursday, May 26.
The All-Bullitt County Track and Field Championships will be held on Monday, May 9 at North Bullitt.
Still, the meets before spring break are used more as scrimmages and for conditioning in most instances. The real competition will take place when the teams return to action in mid-April.
There was a team score kept at the meet at Bullitt East. The boys’ meet actually ended in a dead heat as both North Bullitt and Bullitt East finished with 63 points while Whitefield had eight points. On the girls’ side, North Bullitt has better numbers this spring and they used that advantage to win with 68 points while Bullitt East had 44 points.
There are a handful of top track athletes returning this spring led by Bullitt East junior Trevor Troutman who was the runner-up in the discus last year at the Class AA State Championships.
Already this season Troutman has bettered his school record throw (156-02) that came in the state meet last June. At the Oldham County meet he threw 159-03. Amazingly, that was only good for second as Oldham County’s Isaac Bowling (who competes in Class AAA) threw 164-01.
In the meet on Monday at Bullitt East, Troutman easily won the discus at 149-00 while teammate Andrew O’Kruch, another top thrower in the area, was second at 125-07. Troutman also won the shot put at 46-10 with O’Kruch, who is just coming out of the basketball season, second in that event also.
In the boys’ distance events, North Bullitt senior Gary Hardin was the best of a competitive field as he won both the 800- and 1,600-meter races. This is Hardin’s first-year of track after he started running cross-country last fall.
North Bullitt also got a win in the 3,200-meter run from Niko Harris who outran Bullitt East’s Jordan Barbagallo and Brandon Wiseheart.
Bullitt East junior Jacob Duvall is one of the top hurdlers in the area and he ran a strong race on Monday, winning the 110-meter event in 15.71 to beat out North Bullitt’s Chris Pate, one of his strongest rivals. At this early point in the season, Duvall is the top-rated hurdler in Class AA.
Duvall picked up the only win for a Bullitt County athlete at the Oldham County meet as he took the 110-meter race in 15.58 with Pate fourth. In the 300-meter hurdles, Duvall was second with Pate third.
They did not run the 300-meter hurdle event on Monday, but both Duvall and Pate will be strong in that event also.
In the sprints, North Bullitt’s Cody Hodge had a bid day on Monday, winning both the 100- and 200-meter races. In the other event on the track, Bullitt East’s Stefan Reynolds won the 400-meter race.
Bullitt East made it a sweep in the field events as they won the three jumping events. Chris Embry edged North Bullitt’ Nick Crisp in the long jump while Reece Milburn won the triple jump. The Chargers’ Evan Reister took the high jump at 5-04.
Lady Eagles Loaded
Monday’s event at Bullitt East marked the first time in local history that two past state champions competed against each other on home turf. Of course, North Bullitt senior Helen Heines, the 2008 1,600-meter champion and freshman Chelsey Slayton, the 2010 800-meter champion, race against each other almost every day in practice.
On Monday, it was Slayton who had the better of the head-to-head match-ups as she beat her older teammate in both the 800- and 1,600-meter events. In the 1,600-meter race, the two North Bullitt runners as well as Bullitt East freshman Jessica Prell all finished within eight seconds of each other. Slayton was more dominant in her specialty, winning the 800-meter race by 11 seconds.
Prell came back to win the 3,200-meter run.
North Bullitt actually won all of the events on the track except for the 100-meter dash which went to S. Chesser in 13.93. The Lady Eagles’ Alicia Jacobs took the 110-meter hurdle event while Elizabeth Grau won at 200-meters. The 400-meter race went to the Lady Eagles’ Alexa Hughes.
North Bullitt also won the 800- and 1,600-meter relays. The other two relays were not contested as well as the longer hurdle event.
Bullitt East did get three field event wins from senior Lynsey Milburn. She won the long jump, the triple jump and the high jump at 4-10.
North Bullitt’s wins came in the strength events where Caitlin Montgomery won the shot put while Whitley Goode won the discus.