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The Anderson County High School indoor track team opened its season with a bang - make that two bangs - Saturday as the Bearcats turned in some strong performances at separate meets.
"We split the team up and sent the older kids to the University of Kentucky meet and the younger kids to Mason County. We had some outstanding finishes it both places. We broke or set six school records," said Anderson coach Travis Gay.
At the Wildcat Classic, held at the UK Nutter Center, freshman Sabrina Shelton placed eighth out of 28 competitors in the 60-meter hurdles. "She finished behind three seniors and four juniors," Gay said. "I could not believe it. This was the first time Sabrina had run this event this year. In practice, all we had done was drills and attack the first hurdle.
"On top of that, the race ran at noon and she walked in at 11:47 from a cheerleading competition. School record."
Cody Dixon placed 29th out of 156 sprinters, turning in a 7.57 for the boys 60-meter dash, then was 15th out of 196 with a 24.13 time in the 200 meter dash. Both times set indoor school records.
Devin Davenport finished 11th out of 164 with a 2:06.36 in the boys' 800-meter run while Erin Rogers was 28th out of 182 in the girls' 200-meters with a 29.61 for two more school records.
The boys 4-x-400 relay was eighth out of 32 teams with a 3:47.88 for another school record. "I am very excited about the potential of this relay," Gay said.
At Mason County, the competition was good but not as stiff as the Wildcat Classic.
The Anderson girls finished second in a three-team field with 64 points, 20 behind Richmond Model. The Bearcat boys scored 53 points, placing third out of six teams, behind Fleming County and Bath County.
Chelsey Watts finished third but set a school record in the girls' triple jump at 20-11.
Anderson girls placing in the top two of their events were Shavon Russell (first, 55-meter hurdles), Whitney Maynard (first, shot put) and Hayley Carlson (second, shot put),
Boys finishing first or second were Jayson Barnes (second, 55-meter hurdles), Jordan Sloan (first, high jump) and Adrian Abner (second, high jump).
In addition, the girls' 4-by-400 relay team and the boys' 4-by-400 relay team both placed second in their events.
"We have been preaching since the beginning of the season to the kids that these first two meets were just for practice to get times and to see where we are at," Gay said. "I couldn't be more happy with our first meet. It more than exceeded my expectations."