LOUISVILLE – Three Marshall County athletes scored medal finishes in the state track and field meet Saturday at Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.
Cody Gregory took silver in the pole vault and Skyler Van Meter third in the high jump for the Marshals, while Devan Doss was thirde in the pole vault for the Lady Marshals.
Also finishing in the points were Doug Reed, sixth in the high jump; Kaylin Spiker, eighth in the discus throw; and Alyssa Barnard, eighth in the high jump.
“I am proud of the guys for going and really competing well,” coach Jared Rosa said.
“All season I have never had to ask for more effort because it was never a question whether or not they were going to give it their all. I am more appreciative of the pride and effort they always displayed.”
Girls coach Cory Westerfield, whose team captured the Region 1 crown eight days earlier, praised his athletes for putting forth their best efforts at Louisville.
“You want to have your best performance in the state meet,” Westerfield said. “Most of the kids did that.”
Rosa noted that four school records were broken during the season.
“I’m proud of ‘em,” Westerfield said. “They did a good job all year.”
Gregory came out second to Cain Cooper of Henderson County in a repeat of the Region 1 competition.
Cooper, who won the region with a 14-foot, seven-inch effort over Gregory’s 12-0, vaulted 15-1 to win the state title.
Gregory had a personel-best vault of 14 feet to take silver.
Van Meter was just short of his own personal best and school record 6-8 in the high jump, clearing 6-6 in a tie with Corey Williams of Lexington Bryan Station. Williams got the silver based on his fewer attempts to clear that height.
Jocari Beattie of Louisville Eastern took gold with a 6-8 jump.
Doss matched her region performance with a 10-0 vault, claiming bronze over Lauren English of Lexington Lafayette who cleared the same height in a greater number of attempts.
In team standings, the Marshals finished 15th out of 37 teams. The Lady Marshals were 25th out of 38.