Track team focuses on individual successes

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By John Herndon

To say Anderson County was short-handed last week is kind of like commenting that it has rained a little bit lately.

Competing in the Central Kentucky Conference championships, a meet surpassed in importance only by this week’s regional, the Bearcats were without most of their junior and senior performers, many of whom were gone on school sponsored trips.

“This last week was rough on the stat sheet with the senior and junior trips taking place the same weekend,” said Anderson coach Robert Meacham.
And even though the Bearcats were not at full strength, Meacham said some individuals had great days at Casey County last Friday.

“Courtney Drury, the anchor for my ladies team for the last four years, destroyed her personal record in the 1,600 by 17 seconds. That improvement is unheard of in a four day span! She also knocked seven seconds off her 800-meter time, this is even more amazing as this feat followed her record in the 1,600.

“She placed fourth in a loaded field and this time propells her into the elite class of mid-distance runners in our region. She is fully aware that her dream of qualifying for state as an individual is in reach. Courtney is a competitor, I have a good feeling that she will represent the Bearcats at the state track meet.”

Meacham noted Jayson Barnes set a personal record in the 200-meter dash with a 23.55 time that was “good enough for seventh place in a stacked field.”

High-jumper Ryan Ratliff tuned up for what is expected to be a second straight state berth with a 6-04, finisihing second behind Lincoln County’s Zach Hill.

Josh Dooolin broke his personal record in the 800 and junior Austin Dillow had strong times in the 800 and 1600-meter runs. Dillow is expected to compete for a state berth in both events.

Sophomores Dylan Buser and Forrest Coffey were strong in the two-mile races with Buser breaking 11 minutes with a 10:57 and Coffey being just four seconds behind Buser.

Meacham also said pole vaulter Morgan Cubert continued to show why she is considered a threat to advance to the state meet.

“We have a few athletes that were in Washington, D.C. or New York City that have a shot at making state in their events,” Meacham said. “Austin Sparks and Steven Sims could put together big throws (in the shot put or discus) to earn the trip. David Drummer, based on his tremendous improvement (in the pole vault), has the tools he needs to make a state berth possible.”

Young harriers compete at East Jessamine
Meacham used an all-comers meet at East Jessamine as an opportunity for younger Anderson competitors to see how they could do.
“I was very pleased to see the future of Anderson County track is heading in the right dirtection. Hannah Wilson and Casey Moninger are solid eighth graders who will be a force in the distance events. Connor Duncan, seventh-grader, will compete every time out in the hurdles beginning next year as an eighth-grader. and Alorra Sims, sixth, is an all-around athlete that will we will be trying to nail down which four events we want her to focus on each week.”

Several veterans had big days, as well, including Drury’s short-lived personal record in the 1,600 and senior sprinter Chris Misheff recorded his first-ever time under 12 seconds in the 100-meters. “That was a career-long goal. Needless to say, he was pretty excited,” Meacham said.

Regional meet Saturday
Anderson will participate in the rugged Region 6 meet on Saturday at Bryan Station High School in Lexington. While Ratliff and Drury are considered Anderson’s top state contenders, as many as 10 or 12 Bearcats could advance to the state meet, which will be held at the University of Louisville on May 28.