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Renfrow medals twice for Central

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Class AAA Finals Saturday

By Mike Farner

LOUISVILLE – For the first time since 2005, Bullitt Central’s track program scored points in the state championship meet on Saturday when sophomore Kasey Renfrow medaled in both the 300-meter hurdles and the triple jump.
    Renfrow reached the Class AAA State Championships last season in the long jump and that experience paid off on Saturday with two smooth performances that showed no signs of nerves.
    The two events that Renfrow competed in on Saturday were run at the same time. The sophomore had to break away from the triple jump to run in the hurdle event and then had to take a second break from the triple jump to get her aware in the hurdle event.
    The activity of running seemed to help her triple jump performance. In the preliminary round, between the two breaks, Renfrow unleashed her best effort of the season when she soared 36-03.25. That was a foot further than she had ever done in the triple jump.
    Renfrow had another 35-foot leap to start the final three jumps, but then scratched on her last two efforts.
    Still, the 36-03.5 was good for fifth place as six girls cleared 36-feet. Paul Dunbar senior Kierra Muhammad won with a leap of 36-11.5 while Maunal’s Zahara Gully, who beat Renfrow in the regional final a week earlier, was second at 36-10.75.
    In the 300-meter hurdles, Renfrow was not in the final heat which included the nine best times from the regional meets the week before. That worked out well as Renfrow got a spot in the middle of the track in the second heat.
    Renfrow had a clean run over each of the hurdles and finished in a time of 47.48, her best time of the season by more than half a second.  That time was good enough to vault the sophomore past some of the other runners in the final heat as Renfrow finished seventh.
    Gully, a senior, was the winner of the race in a time of 44.77.
    “I’m happy,” Renfrow said as she sat and took in her performance as the sun set. “I did scratch those last two jumps. That was frustrating.
    “I was just happy to get to the finals of the triple jump,” the sophomore said. “I didn’t expect this at all.”
    The two scoring performances by Renfrow gave Bullitt Central six team points, good for 27th in the meet.
    Renfrow said that she did have a slight stutter over one hurdle but otherwise was pleased with her effort in that race.
    “Just barely did I have trouble with one hurdle,” she said. “It was a pretty good run other than that one time.”
    Renfrow is planning to do some track work this summer competing with the Louisville Track Club, something she hasn’t done in the past.
    Bullitt Central girls’ track coach Thomas Martin, who coached Renfrow’s mother (Candice Mann) at the school, is pleased with Renfrow’s continued improvement.
    “She had a great day,” the veteran coach said.
    “What she did today was really what we shoot for every year and that is to do the best in the last meet of the season,” Martin added. “Both of her events were personal bests so that’s all we ask. That’s an accomplishment.”
    Renfrow’s younger sister, freshman Jessi, also competed in the triple jump and finished with a best of 29-05.5 which was good enough for 25th.
    Bullitt Central senior Alyssa Shifflett, who will run for Morehead State next season, competed on Saturday in the 3,200-meter run. In a crowded field, Shifflett battled to a time of 11:51.61 to finish 12th out of 22 runners. That time was 10 seconds faster than she ran a week earlier in the regional finals.
Bullitt Central Relay
    The only Bullitt Central boys’ entry on Saturday was the 800-meter relay team of senior Dakota Montgomery and sophomores Trevor Carnell, Zack Patton and Brandon Krebs.
    That team had just barely qualified for the state finals after finishing sixth in the regional. With an extra week, the foursome shaved nearly a second off their best time and finished second in the first of three heats. That translated into a 16th place finish out of 24 teams as the Cougars posted a time of 1:33.95.