Harrodsburg's Dunn outlasts Danville's Guest

May 28, 2004|JILL ERWIN

RICHMOND - At Thursday's Class A, Region 4 meet, Mark Dunn sure didn't look like someone who had been pulled out of the long jump earlier in the season.

Instead, the Harrodsburg senior looked like a champion as his jump of 20 feet, 8 3/4 inches bested Danville's Jordan Guest by 3/4 of an inch for the regional title.

"I was really happy to see him win," Harrodsburg coach Terry Yeast said. "Early in the year, he wasn't very interested in long jumping and he wasn't doing real well. I finally just took him out. Then, after some kids got hurt, I just put him back in that. He's really gotten excited the last two or three weeks about it."

It wasn't Dunn's best performance, but it was enough to win.

"Me and Jordan both were terrible today," Dunn said. "I feel like I can do a lot better at state, and he'll probably do a lot better, too. We're very competitive against each other. Whatever I jump, he's going to try to beat it, and whatever he jumps, I'm going to try to beat. It's good to have somebody to compete with, but hopefully I'll be the one that comes out."


That competition has helped each of them, and next week will be the deciding blow. Yeast said he thinks the friendly rivalry will push each of them, but he said he hopes it pushes Dunn a little further.

"He loves competing with Jordan," Yeast said. "They love picking with each other and I think they feed off each other. I hope they go 1-2, just as long as mine is in front. I told Jordan today, I hope he goes 22 feet, as long as Mark goes 22-1."

Thursday marked the first time in almost a week Dunn had taken a jump. He returned from a trip to Cincinnati Wednesday and only worked on getting out of the blocks in an abbreviated practice that day.

His three preliminary jumps were enough to move him into the finals before he had to check out to run in a preliminary.

By the time he returned, Guest had sewn up a spot in the state with a jump of 20-8. But Dunn topped that by 3/4 of an inch on his first attempt. He made one more try to better his distance before scratching his third attempt.

"The weather was cool and it was hard to get real loose," Dunn said. "It just felt like I didn't have anything to give. Hopefully it will warm up for state, and I'll come out and jump a 22 at state."

Baughman wins high jump

Both the weather and the high jump competition affected Danville's Darius Baughman. The sophomore won the event with a height of 5-8 after being disappointed in his showing at the long jump.

"I was very angry with the way I didn't get 20 feet in the long jump," Baughman said. "So I focused all my anger toward the high jump and I wanted to win. So I went and won.

"As soon as I got over there, I still had thoughts of me coming up 31/4 inches short (of 20 feet). But after I jumped the first time, I was focused on the high jump."

Danville coach Chris Verhoven said Baughman may be jumping the gun on his displeasure. He finished fourth, but could still reach the state meet with one of the at-large bids. It's a marked improvement from last year, when Baughman was unable to compete after being bitten by a spider on the morning of the regional meet.

Verhoven said Baughman could have done even better in the high jump if it weren't for a strong wind.

"I think the unfortunate thing is that the height didn't seem that high, but there was a 40 mile per hour cross-wind, so they were all at a disadvantage," Verhoven said. "I think it hurt his overall jump."

Miller takes girls triple jump

Danville's Shatoniah Miller was the strongest jumper in the Class A girls triple jump, taking first with a distance of 32-21/2. She said she wasn't pleased with her distance, as she's jumped in the 33-34 foot range before. However, both the long and triple jumps went off with the girls jumping into the wind, while the boys had the wind at their back.

"The wind was a definite disadvantage," Miller said. "I felt they should have switched out pits with the boys for the triple."

It was the second consecutive regional title in the triple jump for Miller.

Harrodsburg's Michael Harris won the discus title with a throw of 129-8, outdistancing Danville's Justin Donehy by almost 12 feet.

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