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Zoneton's Slayton wins state middle school 800

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Track

By Mike Farner

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - For the second year in a row, a Bullitt County athlete brought home a first place finish from the Kentucky Track and Cross-Country Association Middle School State Championship Meet. The event was held at Dunbar High School in Lexington on Saturday.

    Zoneton Middle School running standout Chelsey Slayton, who has won the girls’ 800-meter run the past three seasons at the middle school level, came home first in a field of 66 runners in a time of 2:27.41. That was more than three seconds head of Owesboro’s Alex Girten who was second in a time of 2:31.01.

    Slayton began her running career in the former program at Maryville Elementary conducted by coach Dennis Mennis. That led to her running at Zoneton where she has dominated the middle school distance events in recent years. Her specialty is at 800-meters but she has run in races between 200- and 1,600-meters this spring.

    While competing for Zoneton, Slayton has also been running for the North Bullitt Lady Eagles and distance coach Mike Whitfill. At times this season, Slayton has been the top-ranked 800-runner in the state in Class AA and will be one of the favorites in both the regional and state championship meets over the next two weeks.

    Slayton also finished 12th in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:47.39.

    A year ago, Andrew Okruch won the boys’ discus at this meet representing Bullitt East.

    In addition to the strong run by Slayton, Bullitt County also had a pair of seventh-graders score points in the girls’ high jump in a rematch of a duel they had three weeks earlier in the All-Bullitt County Middle School Track and Field Championships.

    This time the final outcome was reversed as Mount Washington Middle School’s Brooke Armstrong cleared 4-8 to finish fourth overall. Zoneton’s Breann Stewart was one of eight girls to go out at 4-4, but she had no misses before 4-6 so finished in a tie for eighth.

    The winner of the girls’ high jump was Annie Crotty, an eighth-grader at Holy Trinity as she cleared 4-10.

    Stewart also finished 49th in the 100-meter dash in 15.41.

    Other Bullitt County athletes on the school sheet from Saturday in the girls’ meet included: Cassie Beaton, 34th in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:09.77 for Bullitt East and Megan Marksbury, 62nd in the 800-meter run in 3:17.80 for Bullitt East.

    The Bullitt County boys’ taking part did not score any team points (by finishing in the top eight), but those taking part on Saturday included: Bailey Hendrix, 49th in the 100-meter dash in 13:68; Tristan Wade, 54th in the 100-meter dash in 14.00 and 56th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:08.41; Michael Montgomery, 49th in the 800-meter run in 2:41.56 and 47th in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:50.38; and Jordan Barbagallo, 19th in the 3,200-meter run in 12:20.79.