LEXINGTON — They’ve achieved it for years in go nation and indoor observe with a lot of podium finishes, even a state identify in indoor observe and box.
But outside observe and box was once lacking that podium end.
Not anymore because the Mason County Lady Royals observe and box crew completed runner-up on the KHSAA Class 2A state observe and box meet on Friday at University of Kentucky’s Outdoor Track Facility. The Lady Royals completed with 56 issues, handiest Mercer County with 81.5 issues to overcome them within the crew standings at a meet all season.
“Just a talented group of kids and they work really hard. I mean, they they complain at times like everybody complains a little bit, but they work really hard. They really do,” Mason County trainer Mark Kachler stated. “It’s a fun group because they like each other. You know, some some sports teams, especially when you get into the girls side of it, they end up not really liking each other. But this bunch likes each other.”
The Lady Royals received their earlier seven meets right through the season, together with a dominant efficiency on the Class 2A, Region 6 meet just about two weeks in the past. They sponsored it up on Friday with their very best end in program historical past through a large margin, their earlier very best end of 8th in 2006.
“Absolutely the most dominant team I’ve ever had, on both sides. I had a boys team finish third once here, but never this high. Highest finish I’ve ever had at the state level. Even in cross country,” Kachler stated.
Outside of the crew end, the spotlight of the day for the Lady Royals was once Lexi Young. As an 8th grader, Young’s doable for stardom is definitely on its manner, there’s not more ready, Young has arrived.
She earned 4 podium finishes with two runner-up finishes within the lengthy soar and top soar, including 3rd position finishes within the 100 and 200-meter sprint, scoring 28 issues in overall for the Lady Royals.
Young’s soar of 17-feet, 9.75 inches on her 2nd strive within the lengthy soar were given her there, simply 3 quarters of an inch off first position Molly Wise from Boyle County.
Her 100-meter time of 12.33 no longer handiest were given her a runner-up, however any other faculty report to move with it. She were operating within the 12.55 vary.
“I showed up today confident, was a little nervous but you know, everybody gets that way sometimes. Came out here and tried my best and it worked out,” Young stated.
She briefly needed to move over and do the top soar, completing 2nd after clearing five-feet, 4 inches.
“To have that task of doing three things simultaneously and all she did was finish runner up in two and third in another one and handled it like she was a veteran and not an eighth grader,” Kachler stated. “When you get into the bright lights, some people shrink and it seems to just be where she performs her best.”
With 3 podium finishes achieved, Young needed to discover a closing tools for the 200 meters. She did so, completing 3rd in a time of 25.45.
“Lot of help from my teammates and coaches. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to do this,” Young stated. “The year and a half of track I’ve done so far I love it and I want to continue in college and hopefully the Olympics someday.”
Young was once simply one of the Lady Royals to succeed in the rostrum at the day with best 8 finishes.
The Lady Royals 4×800 crew of Alyssa Bisotti, Paige Decker, Layla Henderson and Elizabeth Lavinder began the time without work through attending to the rostrum with a 6th position end in a time of 10:17.54.
Henderson made herself conversant in the rostrum with a 3rd position end within the 3,200 and a fourth position end within the 1,600. She ran the 1,600 in 5:21.69, the three,200 in 11:39.97. Her teammate Elizabeth Lavinder added some extent within the 3,200 with a podium end in 8th in a time of eleven:59.97.
Coming into the meet, the Lady Royals relay groups had been going to be a key consider the place they completed. On best of the 6th position end within the 4×800, the 4×100 crew of Karis Applegate, Madison Howard, Neveah Wright and Kenzie Gulley completed 5th in a time of 51.18.
Pole vaulters Ava Thompson and Sarah Payne additionally performed a key phase, completing fourth and 5th, respectively within the match. The two stated having every different proper there soar for soar helped.
“Sarah really got me into this and am excited to be where I am today. I have to thank her and my teammates and my coaches getting me into it,” Thompson stated. “For us both to place at state as freshman is absolutely amazing. So happy she’s here with me and for us to place together is awesome.”
Thompson cleared nine-feet, six-inches for fourth, Payne clearing nine-feet for 5th.
Other Lady Royals competition at the day had been:
— Alyssa Bisotti, 1,600 meters (5:38.36), eleventh position
— Girls’ 4×400 relay crew (4:15.83), eleventh position
— Karis Applegate, 100-meter sprint (12.94), twelfth position
— Karis Applegate, 200-meter sprint (26.44), twelfth position
— Girls’ 4×200 relay crew (1:53.16), 14th position
— Paige Decker, 800 meters (2:30.93), 14th position
— Avery Sims, 400 meters (1:04.08), fifteenth position
— Sarah Payne, 300-meter hurdles (50.39), sixteenth position
— Victoria Lavinder, discus (83-4), sixteenth position