Anderson boys third in CKC meet

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By John Herndon

LEXINGTON - When Cody Dixon got set to run the 100-meter dash, he knew the real race was for second place.

"He's fast," the Anderson County junior smiled as he talked about Frankfort's E.J. Fields, who won the event in 11.36 seconds.

But Dixon was able to burn some rubber too, finishing second in the Central Kentucky Conference meet held Friday at Henry Clay High School.

Dixon was impressive in his heat, one of the marquee events. Dixon caught Henry Clay's Dontey Gay with about 30 meters to go and finished a step-and-a-half behind Fields, one of Kentucky's most ballyhooed athletes of 2008.

Fields has signed a football scholarship with the University of Kentucky.

The impressive finish in the 100, plus scoring in every event he entered made Dixon the fourth-leading individual scorer at the meet with 19 points.

West Jessamine's Heath Crist, son of former Anderson County coach Randy Crist, was the top individual point-getter with 25.

Every point was important as the Anderson boys finished third in one of the toughest meets in the state.

Records are incomplete, but it is believed the finish was Anderson's best team placing in over a decade.

"We had our best showing (in the conference meet) since I have been here," said third-year coach Travis Gay.

Gay noted that the meet had several established powers such as Danville, Mercer County and the schools that finished ahead of Anderson.

Henry Clay was well in front of the pack with West Jessamine second, 18 points ahead of the Bearcats.

Anderson had beaten West Jessamine earlier this year. The Anderson girls, missing some key performers due to a senior trip to New York City, finished ninth in the standings.

While Dixon had a strong overall day, Anderson got wins from high jumper Jordan Sloan and pole vaulter B.J. Robinson. John Updike placed second in the discus throw while Devin Davenport was second in the triple jump.

Sloan, who is tied with Madisonville's Jon Hood at 6-feet-7-inches for the best jump in the state this year, won at 6-2 Friday.

"If I hadn't made that jump, I would have lost at 6-0," Sloan said. The sophomore had had more scratches at 6-0 than Henry Clay's James Hellard.

Sloan, who had been disappointed with his performance at Mercer County the week before, said he was over some seasonal allergies that had been hampering him.

"It was just a good day," he said.

Robinson overcame a scare when he scratched twice at 11-0 to win the pole vault at 12-6, equaling his personal best. "That is usually where I start out," Robinson said.

His first vault Friday was at 10-6, but at 11-0, he scratched, barely nicking the bar on the second attempt. "I was rusty," said Robinson, who had not had a competition in two weeks.

Robinson, who says he has cleared 13-6 in practice, was expected to contend for a state berth in Tuesday's regional meet, held after press time.

Davenport was just short twice, placing second in the triple jump and coming in third in the 400-meter dash, less than a second behind Henry Clay's Brandon Nichols, who shaved 3 seconds off his seed time.

Updike was also very close in the discus, throwing a season best 129-2, less than 3 feet behind the winner, Jay Linton of Mercer County.

The girls' team was missing distance runner Kristin Moninger and sprinter Erin Rogers, but had some notable performances.

Hurdler Sabrina Shelton placed third in the 100-meters, coming in .51 seconds behind Allison Evans of West Jessamine. It was Shelton's best time of the year.

Courtney Drury and Katie Gustafson both turned in personal bests in the 1600 meter run and Heidi Sayre had her best of the season in the 3200.

Maggie Conley also had her season best in the triple jump.

"We would like to see all of our times come down every meet," Gay said, "but that is a little unrealistic. We are very happy with how we ran today."

Dixon agreed, "I think we did pretty good for being in this meet."