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UPDATED: Friday, May 15, 12:50 a.m.
Anderson track coach Travis Gay has just e-mailed The Anderson News to inform that Anderson's Cody Dixon has also qualified for the state meet in the boys' 200-meter dash. Dixon made the automatic qualifier and will advance to next week's meet at Louisville. Six Anderson performers are in.
LEXINGTON – At least five Anderson County track performers have qualified for the state Class 3A track meet, to be held in Louisville on Saturday, May 23. The Bearcats had one regional champion and four second-place finishers in the Region 6 meet held at Paul L. Dunbar High School
Jordan Sloan easily won his second consecutive regional championship in the high jump, cruising to victory at 6-00, a jump six inches below his best of the season. However, Sloan was four inches better than the second place finisher, Lamont Johnson of Dunbar.
Four Anderson entrants placed second at the region and also got an automatic bid to the state meet. Megan Melanson earned her bid in the girls' 300-meter hurdles and John Updike took second in the discus throw.
The meet had a bizarre end that might have benefited Anderson. B.J. Robinson and Ben Joseph were among four pole vaulters still competing when the meet was called because of darkness and water condensation. After consulting with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, it was determined that all four of the remaining vaulters would advance.
Several Anderson athletes finished third or fourth and could still make the state as an at-large entry. Those will be announced on Sunday and will be posted online as soon as The Anderson News receives word.
The state meet will be held at Cardinal Park in Louisville.
For a complete report, including times, state ticket information and quotes from head coach Travis Gay and several members of the team, see the May 20 edition of The Anderson News.