Boyle's Loughry battles in pole vault at CKC

May 23, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

NICHOLASVILLE - The Central Kentucky Conference Championships bring together track and field teams from all three classes for one last regular-season meet, so many of the top athletes know they won't have to face each other at this week's regionals.

But in some cases, the CKC can provide compelling confrontations that will carry over from the regular season to the postseason. Some of those matchups provided some of the best drama in Friday's meet at West Jessamine Middle School.

One of the best was saved for last when Ian Loughry of Boyle County battled West Jessamine's Joseph Guthrie in the pole vault competition.

They'll be the best two vaulters in their Class AA regional meet this week in Richmond, and they stood out above the CKC field Friday as well.


Loughry lost this battle when Guthrie cleared 11 feet, 6 inches for the first time and Loughry couldn't match him, and Guthrie went on to a top vault of 12-3.

But Loughry said he feels he improved his chances of winning the rematch with his best performance since early in the season.

"I got higher at the beginning of the year, but I've been doing real bad lately," the Boyle senior said.

Loughry reached the 11-6 mark last month in Boyle's first major meet of the season, the Male Bulldog Classic.

He was second to a St. Xavier vaulter in that meet and second in the Heart of the Bluegrass at Harrodsburg, and he was first in a meet at Tates Creek.

Loughry said he'll benefit from the advice of former Boyle vaulter Fizzy Ramsey now that Ramsey has returned from college.

"She was like my coach last year, and she's back in town now," Loughry said.

Loughry will have his hands full with Guthrie, who was ranked right behind him in the region until beating him Friday - with his own pole.

"I beat him last year in the region on his pole, and I let him borrow (the pole he won with) today," Loughry said.

Dunn, Guest reach personal bests

Another preview of a good regional rivalry played out in the long jump, where Mark Dunn of Harrodsburg and Jordan Guest of Danville, who'll be in the same Class A meet this week, each reached their personal best.

Dunn was leading the competition with two jumps of over 20 feet before Guest, who cleared 19-11 on each of his first two jumps, leaped a career-best 21-81/2 on his final attempt.

Dunn rose to the occasion with his own career-best jump of 21-10 to edge Guest for first.

"It was crazy," Dunn said. "But he pumped me up. His teammates were down there talking noise, and that kind of got me motivated."

So motivated, in fact, that he might have overextended himself on his final leap. He came up limping after the event, and he had to pull out of the 200-meter run.

"I paid for it," Dunn said. "I stretched out a little too much."

Danville boys made strong push for runner-up trophy

Danville's boys made a strong push for their third straight CKC runner-up trophy, but West Jessamine outscored the Admirals 30 1/2-16 1/2 in the last three events to take second place.

Danville finished eight points behind West Jessamine and 19 1/2 behind champion Henry Clay despite not winning a single event.

"Going into it and looking at the seeds, Henry Clay's solid, and I thought they would crush us," Danville coach Chris Verhoven said.

Still, the Admirals had a number of strong performances, including a season-best time in the 1,600 relay, where Boyle also ran its best time to edge them by .58 seconds, and a career-best time in the 1,600 by Ross Hempel.

Harrodsburg placed fourth in the team standings with only six boys at the meet. The Pioneers got wins from Dunn in the long jump and Michael Harris in the shot put.

Mercer County won two events, as Andrew McCloud won the 100 dash and ran the anchor leg of his team's win in the 800 relay, the very next event, and Tristan Harris won the 200 for Casey County.

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