DHS boys keep Plummer trophy at home

May 09, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

The trophies for the E.G. Plummer Invitational were prominently placed on a table near the finish line, ready for the winners to make off with them.

But the Danville boys made sure one of them didn't leave town.

The Admirals dominated their division at their own invitational, winning seven events and finishing third or better in four others to win the boys' small school division in the meet named for their former coach.

"This was definitely our best day," said Jordan Guest, who was involved in three of the Admirals' event wins.

Danville coach Chris Verhoven agreed.

"This was our best day as far as first-place finishes and team scoring," Verhoven said.

The Admirals scored 135 points to finish 18 ahead of runner-up West Jessamine.

"We've got so many people and so much talent on this team, if somebody's not able to run, we can replace them with somebody else and still have a good team," said Kelvin Turner, who was part of four Danville wins.


Verhoven said that's what he expected at the start of the season. He said he figured it would take some time for Danville to develop depth, but that depth would serve the Admirals well late in the season.

"So far that's coming to fruition," he said. "It's kind of weird: Usually I make a prediction at the beginning of the season and nothing happens."

But it's happening now, right on schedule, with the regional less than three weeks away.

"We're pretty confident going into the region," Guest said. "We've faced the other two top teams in our region and beat them. We're strong in a lot of events, and we're pretty deep."

Girls finish second to Rockcastle

The Danville girls were also plenty strong, even though they didn't get a first-place trophy. They finished second by just six points to a deeper Rockcastle County team.

"We got outstanding performances from everybody ... and to come out only six points behind is really good," Danville senior Shatoniah Miller said.

Miller produced almost one-third of the Danville girls' points, going a perfect 4-for-4 in her two hurdles races and two jumps for 40 points, the most one athlete can score in a meet.

She ran her best time ever (15.37 seconds) in the 100-meter hurdles, breaking one of the many meet records that fell on an unseasonably hot afternoon at Admiral Stadium. She also won the 300 hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump.

"I'm really proud," she said. "This is my last home meet, and I'm glad I kind of showed off today."

Turner returns with a vengeance

Another Danville athlete who got to do some showing off was Turner, the junior sprinter who sat out last weekend's All "A" Classic with an injury but returned with a vengeance Saturday.

Turner, who has been hampered by a hip injury and a strained hamstring, won the 100 and 200 dashes and was on winning teams in the 400 and 800 relays.

"I'm very happy with my day," Turner said. "I was able to come out in all my usual events and win all of them."

Djuan Frye, who won the 300 hurdles and helped win the 1,600 relay, said Turner's return makes Danville much stronger.

"We did pretty good last week, but this week, having 'Dukey' back, we're even stronger," Frye said.

Guest wins long jump, is part of two winning relay teams

Guest, one of Danville's most consistent athletes, won the long jump and was part of the winning 800 and 1,600 relay teams.

"I'm pleased, but I've got a long way to go," he said.

Roderick Payne was in on all three Danville relay wins, and Daylen Morris helped both sprint relay teams win.

Danville's girls won eight individual events, one more than the boys, though they were unable to keep pace with Rockcastle in the team standings.

"I'm really pleased with them overall," Danville coach Sadie Gambrel said.

Danville and Rockcastle were paired in this meet, which divides the field down the middle into small school and large school divisions based on enrollment, but they are in different classes in the postseason.

"We know it's OK as long as we go out and do our best," seventh-grader Kayla Brand said.

Brand devastated by false start in the 100

Brand bounced back to do just that, even after being devastated by a false start in the 100 dash.

"I was real excited about running the 100," she said. "I knew I had a whole lot of people, a lot of family watching me."

She was beside herself after the disqualification, and she said she was ready to pack it in and go home. But while she sat for 30 minutes or so along the fence near the starting chute, a parade of supporters that included teammates, her coach and even athletic director Sam Harp tried to console her and offer encouragement.

"All my friends came and told me it was OK, that it happens to everybody," Brand said.

She regrouped in time to help Danville win the 400 relay, then won the 200 and anchored a win in the 1,600 relay.

"I was really happy about the 200," she said. "It wasn't my best time, but it's hot and I did my best."

Danville also got wins from its 800 relay team and from Ashley Andrew in the shot put.

Boyle County has five wins

Boyle County had five event wins between its girls' and boys' teams, even though a number of its runners weren't competing. The Boyle girls won the 3,200 relay and got wins from Kathryn Bayless in the 800 and Abby Piper in the 1,600, while Mason Glass and Devin Lawson won the 800 and 1,600, respectively, for the boys.

"It was a hot day, and we had our team all mixed up, but I really do think we had some good performances," Boyle coach Dave Garrett said.

Another of the day's best performances came from Harrodsburg's Michael Harris, whose shot put of 46 feet, 4 1/2 inches was named the outstanding performance in the boys small school division. Harris also won the discus.

The other local winners came from Casey County, whose Rita Dixon won the girls 400 and Jessica Pierce won the discus.

The Casey girls and Boyle boys were third in their respective small school team standings.

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