Frye, Morgan, Dunn win at Mason-Dixon

March 07, 2004

LOUISVILLE - Djuan Frye of Danville and Patrick Morgan of Boyle County won indoor state championships Saturday at the Mason-Dixon Games, and Morgan broke an 11-year-old meet record along the way.

Mark Dunn of Harrodsburg edged Kelvin Turner of Danville by the slimmest of margins to win the Class A 55-meter dash.

Boyle's boys also claimed a championship in the Class AA 3,200 relay with three of the four boys who won the same event at last year's outdoor state championships and one new runner.

Frye won the pole vault and Morgan won the 800 run at the meet, considered the unofficial state indoor track and field championships.


The Boyle boys were fourth in Class AA, while Danville was sixth in Class A.

Frye cleared 10 feet to win the Class A pole vault, even though he went to the meet without a pole. Danville coach Chris Verhoven said the proper pole for Frye's weight was stolen, so he and Frye had to scramble Saturday morning after they arrived at Broadbent Arena.

"We did not have a pole from last year this morning, and we were actually asking for poles from other schools and had to borrow a pole," Verhoven said. "It was the second call of the event before we actually secured him a pole."

Morgan ran the 800 in 2 minutes, 1.92 seconds, breaking the Class AA record of 2:02.47 set in 1993 by Steven Keith of LaRue County.

"I had some competition in that race, so I got to race, and it just so happened I got the time," Morgan said.

Morgan, Devin Lawson and Mason Glass welcomed new teammate Alex Wagner to the 3,200 relay team, and the four won that event with a time of 8:36. Wagner replaced Daniel Morgan, who was part of last year's championship foursome.

"The team did really well," Patrick Morgan said. "Wags came in there, and he exceeded expectations in that."

Boyle was third in the 1,600 relay in 3:51 with Wagner, Lawson, Glass and Paul Keen.

In Class A, Dunn edged Turner by one one-thousandth of a second in the 55 dash.

Ben Carter of Danville was second in the 55 hurdles, losing only to the defending state champion just three days after he ended his season with the basketball team. He was also sixth in the triple jump.

Darius Baughman was third in the high jump, and Jordan guest was fourth in the 400.

"We're looking for a very promising future for this track season considering that we just started practice," Verhoven said.

Abby Piper led Boyle to a fifth-place finish in the Class AA girls competition. Piper was second in the 3,000 and third in the 1,500.

First-year Boyle coach Dave Garrett said both Boyle teams had a number of first-time runners, including several soccer and football players who came out for conditioning purposes and have taken a liking to the sport.

"We had more people on the track," Garrett said. "We had a lot of people doing events they had never done before."

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