DRAFFENVILLE – Lauren Miller, who swept first place in hurdles, shared in second-place performance with the 8x200 relay team and took a second-place finish in the long jump, will lead a contingent of 11 athletes who will represent Marshall County in the Class 3A state track and field championships Saturday in Louisville.
The Lady Marshals took second in team competition in Friday’s Region 1-3A meet at Carroll Traylor Stadium, while the Marshals finished in a tie for fifth place.
Eight Lady Marshals will travel to Louisville, including seven individual-event qualifiers.
Miller, a senior, won the 100 and 300 hurdles for the third year in a row in regional competition. This will be her fourth straight trip to the state meet.
She teamed with Alli Fuqua, Tory Fehrenbacher and Alyssa Barnard to take second in the 4x200, their 1-minute, 48.55-second time establishing a school record and advancing to the state meet. They lost to Owensboro by only two-hundredths of a second, 1:48.53 to 1:48.55.
Barnard, a freshman, won the 400 dash with a time of 1:01.69. She also qualified in the triple jump with a third-place showing.
Devan Doss took gold in the pole vault with a 9-foot effort.
Fehrenbacher also qualified for state in the 200 dash with a second-place showing and long jump, where she qualified at-large with a fourth-place effort to 15 feet, 7 inches.
Stephanie Russell gave MCHS a 1-2 sweep by finishing behind Miller in the 100 hurdles and will advance in that event.
Melanie McKendree qualified with a second-place finish in the high jump at 4-10, and Michaela Manley earned an at-large invitation with her fourth-place jump of 4-8.
“I must say I was very, very proud of all our girls and their performances at the regionals,” girls coach Cory Westerfield said. “They have worked very hard this year and it paid off with lots of personal bests at the regional meet, which is what you want to have happen.”
Seniors Fehrenbacher and McKendree are making their third straight trip to the state meet, Westerfield said, while Barnard and Doss, a sophomore, are both going back for the second straight year.
Doss is the school record holder in pole vault and is ranked in the top five statewide.
First-time qualifiers include Russell and Manley, both freshmen.
Three other relay teams narrowly missed at-large invitations, Westerfield said.
In boys’ competition, six members of the Marshals squad will travel to state, led by the first-place efforts of the 4x800 relay team of Hunter Hillmann, Kyle Barry, Nick Gibson and T.J. Lampkin and high jump winner Skyler Van Meter.
Lampkin also qualified as an individual with a second-place finish in the 800 and Cody Gregory will advance in two events, the high jump and long jump, with second-place finishes in the region meet.
The relay team goes into the state meet as the No. 10 seed.
“I look for them to keep knocking time off of their own record,” coach Jared Rosa said, with good prospects for a medal in Louisville for the relay team and for Lampkin in the 800.
Rosa also is optimistic about Gregory’s chances as he returns to state competition in his sophomore season. He finished eighth in the long jump last year at Louisville.
“If Cody jumps well he will have a legitimate shot at placing very high,” Rosa said. “Skyler is the same in high jump.”
In girls’ team standings, Owensboro and Marshall County replicated their 1-2 finish from last year. The Lady Devils totaled 134 points to Marshall’s 116.5. Henderson County was third at 77.
In boys’ competition, Daviess County reversed last year’s result by beating out rival Apollo 115-111. Henderson County was third at 94, Christian County fifth at 59.5 and Owenboro and Marshall County each had 52 points.