What an amazing weekend for our athletes! First, I huge thank you to all of our volunteers and workers, we pulled off a very efficient and professional meet in a day of crazy weather! The officials from the state went on and on about how amazing and organized our athletes and workers were and about how this was one of the most professional meets he has officiated. Our Hurdle crew broke the record for set up of the 100 m Hurdles with a time of 20.2.
The Lady Camels set some very high goals at the beginning of this year and worked hard to stay focused throughout a grueling season. It definitely showed on Saturday. Any one watching the meet could see the girls enter their events with determination and ferocity in their eyes . As each event finished and team scores were updated, there was a constant tug-of-war game between the Ryle Raiders, the Dixie Colonels and our own Campbell County Camels. In an excruciating wait for team scores, the Lady Camels team held their breath as they were announced as the Region Runner-up. This is the first time in the Lady Camels have placed in the top two in 4 years, and what an exciting day! The 4×800 meter Relay team of Reagor, Florimonte, Kavanaugh, and Flairty set the tone of the day with a calculated first place finish. They were followed up by Becca Cline and Brooke Buckler placing 1st and 3rd in the 100 M Hurdles as Becca broke her own school record with a time of 15.42. The 4×200 meter relay team of Emily Orth, Brooke Buckler, Becca Cline, and Devan Carrigan are state bound as they upset the Raiders and placed 2nd. Jennah Flairty and Gracie Florimonte left no doubt in the 1600 meter run by a decisive tandem of first and second, more than 4 seconds ahead of the next finishers. Becca Cline claimed the gold in the 300 meter Hurdles, and Brooke Buckler ran her season PR pulling in the 4th place points. in the 800 meter run, Jennah Flairty placed second, followed by Kayla Kavanaugh in 4th place. Sidney Reagor made a strong move placing 2nd int he 3200 meter run, and Jennah Flairty followed closely in 4th. Kaylee Johnson added to the team scores with a 6th place finish in the shot, and Olivia Cassinelli vaulted to 2nd place in the pole vault. As the excitement built in the air with anticipation of the final points, the girls 4×400 meter Relay of Brooke Buckler, Kayla Kavanaugh, Devan Carrigan, and Becca Cline fiercely snatched the first place finish, over SIX seconds ahead of the Lady Raiders. The Lady Camels fought hard and their take-no-prisoners attitude paid off with a trophy proudly won! Great job and Congratulations Camels!
In the boys meet, the Camels faced one of the most incredibly competitive regions in state. The 4×800 meter relay of Cartwright, Comer, Neiser, and Chaplin brought home the hardware with a 6th place finish, and Adam Leopold placed his highest rank ever coming in 6th in the 110 M Hurdles. The 4×200 meter team of Younse, Froelicher, Hyden and Edgley picked up some more points for the team with a 6th place finish as well. Mark Chaplin inched the Camels higher in the line-up with a 2nd place finish in the 1600 meter run, giving the boys team their first state-qualifier of the day, then later finished 3rd in the 3200 meter run, and qualified again for state. Thomas Comer Contributed points to the board with his 6th place finish in the 3200 meter run, and Andrew Hyden ran a qualifying time and placed 3rd in the 300 Hurdles, then followed up with a 2nd place finish in the triple jump. The 4×400 relay of Mcgrath, Rauch, Younse, and Edgley came in 6th as did Elijah Rece in the discus throw. Derek Groneck threw the shot into 5th place and Andrew Hyden jumped in the 5th in the long jump as well. Matt Mayer qualified for state with a 6th place High Jump, and John Leopold qualified with a 3rd place finish in the pole vault. Overall, the Camels finish in 6th place after a hard-fought battle for the day.
There are 3 ways you can qualify for state: 1st or 2nd place, meeting a qualifying state time, or being one of the next 10 performances state wide. Based on these standards and the “unofficial” list (which usually becomes official by end of today), athletes that are state-bound are:
Pole Vault:Olivia Cassinelli
100 m Hurdles: Becca Cline and Brooke Buckler
800 M: Jennah Flairty
4×400 m Relay: Kayla Kavanaugh, Becca Cline, Brooke Buckler, Devan Carrigan
300 M Hurdles: Becca Cline and Brooke Buckler
4×800 m Relay: Jennah Flairty, Gracie Florimonte, Kayla Kavanaugh, Sidney Reagor
1600 M : Jennah Flairty, Gracie Florimonte
3200 M: Sidney Reagor, Jennah Flairty
4×200 M: Emily Orth, Becca Cline, Devan Carrigan, Brooke Buckler
Pole Vault: John Leopold
1600 M: Mark Chaplin
300 M Hurdles: Andrew Hyden
3200 M: Mark Chaplin
Triple Jump: Andrew Hyden
High Jump: Matt Mayer
Toni is the Cross Country and girls Track & Field coach.
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