Records tumble at Area 1; regionals scheduled Friday
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Robert Blankenship takes the baton from Collin Gunn and heads for victory in the 4x800.
—David Green/Tribune-Courier Robert Blankenship takes the baton from Collin Gunn and heads for victory in the 4x800.
Staff Report

DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County’s Lady Marshals took third and the Marshals were fourth in a record-shattering Area 1 track and field championships Friday at Carroll Traylor Stadium.

A whopping 18 meet records were reset, including one by Marshall County high jumper Skyler Van Meter. Paducah Tilghman’s Aleja Grant had three record performances and Lenny Grace had two more for the Blue Tornado team.

Van Meter had a leap of 6 feet even to take first place. Marshall County swept the pole vault wins, with Casey Gregory taking first with a 10-foot-6 vault and Devan Doss with a 9-6 effort.

The Marshal quartet of Jacob Carnine, Dax Parker, Collin Gunn and Robert Blankenship won the 4x800 relay.

“I feel like we are coming around at just the right time which is what you always want,” Lady Marshals coach Cory Westerfield said. “We ran some of our best times in a couple of the relays so I was very pleased.

Drey Reed gave Marshall County a 1-2 sweep in the boys high jump.

Other medal performances included a second-place finish by Nathan Solomon in the 400 meters and a trio of runner-up finishes in the boys and girls 4x200 and the girls 4x400 relay events.

Third-place efforts were logged by Melissa Ross in the 800 meters, Stephanie Russell in the 300 hurdles, Kaylin Spiker in the discus, Michaela Manley in the high jump, Audrey Grizzard in the pole vault and Carnine in the 800 meters, plus the girls 4x800 relay team.

THIS WEEK: The Region 1-AAA championships will be held Friday at Muhlenberg North Middle School, hosted by Muhlenberg County High School, in Greenville.

The Lady Marshals are reigning region champions.

“I think the kids are ready,” Westerfield said. “They should feel confident as we enter the post-season. They’ve done well, they’ve competed well, and they are ready to go.

“We have a good chance to possibly defend our championship from last year, so I’m excited. I think we are going to be able to qualify several athletes for state.”
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