Jarrod E. Stephens
The Ashland Beacon
The sweltering heat Saturday was matched by the intensity of the competition between the Class A Region 7 schools at the regional track meet at Bath County High School. In spite of a rain delay that tried to dampen the spirits and cool the scene, sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers put their best on display to bring home the victory.
After the final scores were tallied, the Raceland-Worthington High School boys and girls track teams both finished second in region 7 and several athletes qualified for the state Class A track meet. Athletes who captured first or second in their respective events get an automatic bid to the state meet and other athletes who qualify as a remaining top 10 can receive an at-large bid to the meet.
The following girls qualified for the state meet with automatic bids. Eight grader Sophie Maynard captured first place in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Kassie Wallace earned her spot at state in discus with a throw of 95 feet 5 inches. Makayla Clark earned first place in the girl’s high jump with a height of 4 feet 8 inches. Sophie Hale qualified for the pole vault after taking first place with a height of 7 feet. Taylor Heath also qualified by taking second place in pole vault with a vault of 6 feet. Kaylee Holbert will represent the Lady Rams at state for the 3200-meter run after placing second with a time of 14:05.11.
Several boys from the team will advance to state competition as well. Cole Conlon won second place in the boys 110-meter hurdles. Christian Waugh placed second in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Freshman Evan Burroughs will throw discus at state after capturing second place in the boy’s division with a throw of 107 feet six inches. Mason Lykins earned second place in boys long jump with a jump of 19 feet 9 inches. Lykins also placed first in the boy’s high jump with a jump of 6 feet 2 inches. Xander Jenkins won second place in pole vault with a height of 10 feet 6 inches. In the final race of the night, the Rams 4x400 team of Cole Conlon, Grant Stephens, Ty Tyson and Christian Waugh earned their spot in the state meet with a second-place finish and a time of 3:46.38.
The Class A State Track Meet will be held on June 2, 2022, at the University of Kentucky where the Rams and Lady Rams will face their greatest challenges of the season. Congratulations to the Rams and Lady Rams for rising to the occasion and good luck at the State Meet.