Renfrow leads BC girls' effort

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By Mike Farner

 LOUISVILLE – The Bullitt Central Lady Cougars turned in one of their best performances in decades on Friday in the Class AAA, Region 3 Track and Field Meet at St. Xavier High School.

Fueled by sophomore Kasey Renfrow who had two second place finishes, the Lady Cougars scored 37 team points to finish fifth in a strong field. Male won the meet with 179.5 points and Manual was second at 149.5. Nelson County and Meade County were just ahead of Bullitt Central in the eight-team field.

After a heavy rain for 10 minutes slowed the meet late on Friday, Renfrow was on the track for the 300-meter hurdles. The sophomore got out of the blocks well and stayed in contact with leader Zahara Gully of Manual until the final straight. Gully pulled away to win in 46.78 while Renfrow was second in 48.90.

Following that race, Renfrow went back to the jumping pit to finish the triple jump. She had gone over 33-feet in the first round and then on her final jump soared 34-07.5, a personal best for her in the event.

(It was thought at the time that Renfrow’s second place jump was 35-03, but the official results showed a 34-07.5.)

Finishing fourth in the triple jump and also advancing to the state meet was younger sister Jessi Renfrow. The freshman jumped 31-06.

At the start of the season, the older Renfrow’s best event was the long jump and she finished third on Friday but was well off her personal best with a jump of 15-06.5. That effort was not good enough to advance her to the state meet.

Was the sophomore happier with one of her runner-up finishes?

“Both,” she said with a smile at the end of the meet. “Both were personal bests. I was proud of both, but I guess especially of the triple jump I’m most proud of.”

The rain didn’t both Renfrow.

“It seems to help sometimes,” she admitted. “I chopped my steps some in the hurdles. I might be able to shave another second off of that time.”

In the 3,200-meter run, Bullitt Central senior Alyssa Shifflett finished fourth in a time of 12:00.70. Like the rest of the field, Shifflett could not keep the pace of Manual’s Cassidy Hale who won by almost 30 seconds in a time of 11:14.70. Shifflett ran right off the shoulders of the next two finishers, Christin Rucinski of Manual and Allie Vincent of Butler.

Any individual point for Bullitt Central came from freshman Kassi Gilbert in the 100-meter dash as she finished sixth.

The Lady Cougars also scored points in three of the relays.

In the 3,200-meter event, the team of Shifflett, Emily McKnight, Lauren Redding and Kelsey Phillips finished fifth in 10:45.62. The 1,600-meter relay team was also fifth with a group that included McKnight, Redding, Sydney Shepherd and Phillips in a time of 4:55.29. At 800-meters the team of Gilbert, Jessie Renfrow, Taylor Boston and Sydney Shepherd finished sixth in 2:00.04.  

BC Boys’ Ninth

Anytime you are competing in a track meet with St. Xavier and Male, it’s going to be a tough day.

That was certainly the case for the Bullitt Central boys on Friday as they managed only seven points and finished ninth in the team chase.

The only entry advancing to the state meet was the 800-meter relay team Trevor Carnell, Dakota Montgomery, Zack Patton and Brandon Krebs. That squad only finished fifth overall, but had a strong time of 1:34.81.

Bullitt Central also got four points from senior Jeremy Flener in the discus as he had a throw of 109-10.