2nd place finishes for Van Meter, Manley; 3rd for Doss
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Staff Report


LEXINGTON – Marshall County junior Skyler Van Meter and senior Devan Doss, who registered medal finishes in last year’s KHSAA Class AAA track meet.

The two did it again, scoring a second- and a third-place in this year’s meet Saturday at the University of Kentucky’s Shively Track Complex.

Van Meter cleared 6 feet, 6 inches in the high jump, missing out on a state championship in a tie-breaker with Tequan Claitt of Bryan Station.

Van Meter took third last year, also with a jump of 6-6.

Doss claimed third in the pole vault with a tie-breaker decision over Whitney Schuyler of Oldham County after both cleared 10 feet-even.

It’s the third year in a row for Doss to take third.

“She was pretty happy, I think,” coach Cory Westerfield said. “She’s had a rough year but she put it all together there.

“Three years, three third places, school record holder; not too bad a career.”

Jaci Bickett of Henderson County took the championship with a vault of 10-6, winning over Shelby Lewis of Apollo, who also cleared 10-6.

Marshall County had another second-place finish in junior Michaela Manley, who had a high-jump effort of 5-2.

She was one of four girls at that height, two inches short of the effort of champion Rylee Windham of North Hardin.

“Michaela went in ranked top two and she finished top two,” Westerfield said.

“She went from not being able to clear 4-8 to clearing 5-2. She’s got the hops to clear 5-4. We’ve just got to work on that.”

The Lady Marshals placed 13th of 39 teams in cumulative points. Byran Station claimed the state girls team championship title over North Hardin.

The Marshal boys were 25th out of 41 teams, with North Hardin taking the championship over Louisville Trinity.

Boys coach Jared Rosa noted several performances, including the efforts of the 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams, the run by Nathan Solomon in the 200 meters, and the pole vault effort of Casey Gregory.

“He’s just a freshman,” Rosa said of Gregory. “Getting that experience as a freshman is huge.”

Solomon’s run and Jacob Carnine’s performance in the 800 rank among the top five efforts in school history, Rosa said.

Also, the 4x400 team posted the second-best time in the school record book.

All three efforts, Rosa said, were one second off the school record.

Other top-10 finishes were recorded by Amber Crawford, who was sixth in the discus, and Stephanie Russell, seventh in the 300 hurdles.

Russell just missed the top 10 in another event, finishing 11th in the 100 hurdles.

The boys 4x400 relay team of Rob Blankenship, Solomon, Blaine Skeen and Cole Barnard also recorded an 11th-place finish.

Solomon was 12th in the 200.

Marshall County athletes and their performances:

• Stephanie Russell, 11th, 100 hurdles, 16.81 seconds

• Sydney Goff, 100 hurdles, 14th, 16.94

• Kara Kelley, 100 meters, 19th, 13.22

• Nathan Solomon, 200 meters, 12th, 22.86

• Stephanie Russell, 300 hurdles, seventh, 47.74

• Alyssa Barnard, 400 meters, 17th, 1 minute, 02.41 seconds

• Alyssa Barnard, Sydney Goff, Lexie Myers and Kara Kelley, 4x200 relay, 15th, 1:49.82

• Rob Blankenship, Nathan Solomon, Blaine Skeen and Cole Barnard, 4x400 relay, 11th, 3:30.34

• Jacob Carnine, Rob Blankenship, Dax Parker and Collin Gunn. 4x800 relay, 20th, 8:35.85

• Jacob Carnine, 800 meters, 19th, 2:02.34

• Amber Crawford, discus, sixth, 104 feet, 6 inches

• Michaela Manley, high jump, second, 5-2

• Skyler Van Meter, high jump, 2nd, 6-6

• Devan Doss, pole vault, third, 10-0

• Casey Gregory, pole vault, 17th, 10-6

• Sydney Nelson, shot put, 21st, 29-1.5

Rosa said the MCHS athletes

“They did exactly what I asked them to do,” Rosa said. “They competed, and they enjoyed the experience. And I think they’re pleased with themselves.”

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