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Six members of the Anderson County boys' track team have qualified for the state Class AAA meet to be held in Louisville May 30 and 31.
High jumper Jordan Sloan took first place at the regional meet Tuesday at Henry Clay High School in Lexington. Sloan cleared 6-feet and is expected to be one of the better jumpers at the state.
Devin Davenport just held off Henry Clay's Blake Green in the 400-meter dash. Both finished at 50.59, but Davenport was awarded second place.
Discus thrower John Updike set a school record with a throw of 137-6, good enough for second and a state berth, while pole vaulter B.J. Robinson finished third but automatically qualified by meeting the 12-6 standard.
Davenport was third in the triple jump and Cody Dixon finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with an 11.34. Both learned over the Memorial Day holiday that their efforts were in the top two that had not qualified at the regionals.
Anderson also had several near misses by athletes who finished third. Madison Carter was just .15 of a second behind the second place finisher in the girls' 200 meters. Sabrina Shelton was third in the 100-meter hurdles.
As a team, the Anderson boys were fourth, while the girls were ninth, the best finish for Anderson in coach Travis Gay's 3-year tenure.
For complete coverage of the Region 5 meet and a preview of the state meet, see the May 28 edition of The Anderson News.