The George Rogers Clark boys track team topped off one of their best seasons ever Saturday by competing in the KHSAA Class 3A state championships.
The boys team sent 10 runners to the state meet. Their effort represented the largest number of runners ever to advance to the state meet from Clark — no small feat for a program whose roots stretch back to the 1920s.
The historic significance of the occasion was lost upon the high school athletes as the team was thinking of the future.
"It was good to be a part of the state track meet experience,” said 4x400 relay team alternate Grayson Brookshire. "It will only help us for next year."
The team was led by Junior Jonathan Hubbard. Hubbard was making his third straight appearance at the state meet and jumped 6-2 in the high jump to place eighth in the event.
“Jonathan has medaled at the state meet for the past two years in a row,” Clark coach Dodd Dixon said. “We are proud of his accomplishments.”
Alex White also competed for the second year in a row and ran the 3200-meter distance in 10:10.67 — close to his personal best time of 10:09. White placed 12th in the event.
Dixon ran the 800-meters last year and finished 12th with a time of 2:01.81.
“Last year I was just excited to get to state,” he said. "This year I had more goals."
Mark Davis ran his first state meet competing in the 200-meters. Davis ran the race with a 2.8 meter per second head wind to finish in 23.47.
The boys 4x400-meter relay team had a goal of setting a new school record in the event. Instead, the team tied the current school record of 3:36. Relay team members were Davis, Dixon, Andrew Ping and Jacob Koch.
The Cards finished the meet in 37th place in final team standings. The meet was won by Louisville Male.
In the girls competition, Tiffany Toler ran the 3200-meters in 12:22.63. The time was a personal record for Toler. Sandra Skinner rounded out the Lady Cards roster competing in the triple jump with a distance of 30-8.
The meet concluded a successful season for Clark
“It has been a good season,” Dodd Dixon said. “We are all tired. It has been a long time since the first practice on July 15.
“I believe all of our team will be enjoying a summer rest."