Casey girls win 3 regional events

Boyle relay teams sweep

May 28, 2004|JILL ERWIN

RICHMOND - Casey County's girls knew there were some first-place finishes to be had Thursday on the first day of the Class AA, Region 4 meet.

The Rebels pulled together enough of them to grab the first-day team lead. Casey picked up three firsts to help itself to a 50-39 lead over second-place Mercer County after the field events and 3,200-meter relay.

"I'm definitely pleased," Casey coach Barry Lee said. "We came in knowing we could come home with some firsts, and we actually did."

Beth Patterson won the triple jump with a season-best distance of 34 feet, 10 inches, putting her in a good position to win the state meet for the third consecutive year.


Jessica Pierce won the discus with her personal best of 108-2, and Jessica Propes took first in the pole vault by clearing 8-0 for the first time in several weeks.

Those three seniors, along with the second-place 3,200 relay team member Rita Dixon, have gone through a lot in their final year. Casey's only home meet was cancelled due to poor weather. The 14 Casey seniors on the boys and girls teams skipped their senior awards night when it coincided with a track meet at Harrodsburg, because they knew they'd have to miss last week's Central Kentucky Championships for graduation.

"I don't think I could be more proud of what these girls have accomplished," Lee said. "They deserved to do well."

Patterson said nothing will come easy for her next week at the state.

"It's a lot harder," Patterson said. "I want to do it, but now I have everybody else automatically thinking I'm going to do it. It's a big disappointment to me and them if I don't."

Propes finished fourth at the regional meet last year and was happy to win her final regional pole vault competition.

"It was good to get eight feet again," Propes said. "I haven't gotten eight feet in a while, like three weeks ago."

Boyle runners take both 3,200 relays

The Casey girls' only second-place finish came to Boyle County in the 3,200. The Boyle boys and girls swept those two events, with the girls holding on for a three-second margin of victory.

"We were just working really hard," said Boyle's Kathryn Bayless, who ran the anchor leg. "We were really nervous about it, because Casey County's time was really up there. That was the only other team we were really worried about."

Boyle coach Dave Garrett said the girls can still improve on their times by improving on their exchanges.

Bayless said they look forward to improving on last year's fifth-place state finish.

"We're going to be really hyped up," Bayless said. "We're looking forward to standing up on that podium. Hopefully we're going to finish in the top three."

Boyle's boys go into the state meet as the defending champion, but they're without their most recognized face. The graduation of Daniel Morgan last year opened the door for sophomore Alex Wagner to move in, and now that the team is finally healthy, Boyle looks strong.

Boyle's boys won by 11 seconds over second-place West Jessamine with a time of 8:18.76. Wagner has a sore knee and Patrick Morgan has been battling an illness over the past couple of weeks. Devin Lawson also has missed some practice time.

"Hopefully this will bring us closer together," Mason Glass said. "There's tension there. I've been stuck here, Devin's always gone, Patrick's been sick so he's gone and Wags has been hurt, so he's gone. I've been sitting here waiting. It's a relief now that everyone's back.

"There's a lot of pressure on us. Everyone's going to be looking for us."

Mercer's Lee captures shot put

Erica Lee of Mercer County won the shot put competition in her first year in the event. Her throw of 33-6 was nearly four feet better than the nearest competitor.

She said she expects the nerves to set in when she gets to Lexington for her first state meet.

"I'm not (nervous) now, which is surprising," Lee said. "But when I get there, I probably will be, like crying, 'Take me home, Mom.'"

Casey sophomore Brad Baldock won the high jump with a height of 6-3.

"I got a little nervous there at the end because I only had one jump left and I knew if I didn't get 6-2, I wouldn't be the regional champ," Baldock said. "I just did what it took to do it."

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