King Combest is the 3rd seed within the 100-meter sprint within the Class 3-A State Track and Field Meet.
Combest simply completed his eighth grade 12 months at Owensboro Middle School. He can be competing for Owensboro High School because the Region 1 100 meter champion.
The 3-A state meet can be fairly a bounce up in festival for Combest, whose performances have already set him up as one of the vital easiest center faculty sprinters in the United States.
Combest will wish to have his most sensible 100 race to compete with a couple of Louisville seniors Saturday morning on the University of Kentucky Track and Field Complex. The 3-A meet begins at 8 a.m. CT in Lexington.
Jaylen Cole from Male is the highest seed at 10.66. Terrance O’Bannon from Eastern is 2nd at 10.79. Combest ran 10.91 on the regional meet.
“Anything is possible,” OHS trainer Drew Hall mentioned when requested if Combest may just pull off a win in opposition to two seniors who’re bodily more potent.
Combest may be very assured going into this race.
“I’m putting it in my mind that I want to dust these kids and let everybody know who I am, what I’m capable of doing,” King mentioned. “Like I told my dad, if I come in dead last you’re going to love me no matter what. My dad’s ready, he’s pumped, we’re all pumped.”
Bob O’Brien has been a long-time monitor trainer with the OHS program, operating so much with sprinters. O’Brien coached Casey Combest, King’s dad and a nationally identified highschool sprinter at OHS himself, and isn’t shocked in King’s religion in his skill.
“There’s no sense in running unless you’re planning on winning,” O’Brien mentioned Wednesday all over one among OHS’ final workout routines sooner than the state meet. “He’s looking at it like ‘I didn’t do all this, all this work, all this season to get third. Go after them, try to win, if I don’t win I don’t, but if I do then I’ve reached my goals.’ His dad had it and he does too, he’s got a very competitive mindset, it’s way above his age, and his talent goes right along with his mindset.
“People overlook him because of his age, ‘ah he’s an 8th grader so he shouldn’t win.’ It was the same with Casey, you see a guy 5-7, 135, beating everybody, it’s got nothing to do with how you look.”
O’Brien is aware of that Cole and O’Bannon are the transparent favorites, however he’s now not counting Combest out of a top podium end in any respect.
“The Male and Eastern guys, they’ve beat each other this year, everybody is looking at them, maybe King can get in there,” O’Brien mentioned. “King starts as well as his father, he’s more powerful out of the blocks. When they line up, the whole crowd will be quiet, it will be big, it’s supposed to be a battle between Male, Eastern, and King. He’s done the work.”
Combest may also be the leadoff leg within the OHS 4×100 relay, which is predicted to be a challenger for that state championship as neatly. OHS is the 7th seed (43.45).
“I really like our chances in the 4×100 and 4×200,” Hall mentioned. “We’ve switched up some things, in the 4×100 we put Javius Taylor in there (a little faster), I think we can go real low 40s.”
Combest, Khalil Rogers, Javius Taylor and Maurice Moorman will run the 4×100.
In the 4×200 it is going to be Taylor, Dartez Basham, Rogers and Reece Carroll within the fourth leg.
Carroll is the eleventh seed within the 400, however he’s anticipated to attain for OHS. Carroll additionally certified within the 200.
Moorman is the 8th seed within the lengthy bounce (21-3) and he’s anticipated to attain upper than that at State. Moorman may be competing within the pole vault.
Ethan Pendleton from OHS is the 7th seed within the top bounce, and Hall wouldn’t be shocked if he used to be in rivalry for the state championship.
Apollo’s ladies 4×100 relay workforce is the 6th seed (51.32) with Emily Bertke, Carlie Murphy, Taraya Thompson and Analea Sanders the primary 4 runners indexed for the relay. Sanders from Apollo certified for the women 100 sprint.
Mary Ann Lyons from Apollo certified within the ladies discus.
Owensboro ladies additionally certified for the 4×100 relay. Trinity Hogg from Owensboro certified within the ladies shot put.
Thomas Ashby from Apollo certified 9th for the lads 1,600. Ashby additionally certified within the 3,200.
Daviess County ladies had a 4×800 relay qualify for the state meet. Owensboro ladies additionally had a 4×800 relay qualify for state. Lucy Spaw from DC certified for the women 1,600.
Muhlenberg County had a boys 4×800 relay qualify for the state meet.
Alexandrea Schneider from Ohio County certified for the women 100 hurdles and the triple bounce. Morgan Kobyliknski from Ohio County certified for the women 1,600. Kobylinski is the 8th seed within the 800 (2:23.61).
Collin James from Daviess County and Eli Early from Owensboro certified for the lads 110 hurdles.
Nolan Kurz from Daviess County certified within the boys 800. Max Dees certified within the triple bounce.
Isaac Southard from Ohio County certified for the lads 100 sprint. Southard additionally certified within the 200. Luke Southard from Ohio County certified within the top bounce.
Owensboro ladies had a 4×200 relay qualify for the state meet. Muhlenberg County boys certified for the 4×200 relay.
Chandler Worth from Owensboro certified within the top bounce. Worth additionally certified within the pole vault.