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The Hancock County High School and middle school track teams competed in the KTCCCA Class A Indoor State Track & Field Meet in Louisville Saturday.
“This was a different experience. We hadn’t been on an indoor track in a while and this was an awesome facility,” HCHS coach Chris Hawkins said. “Everybody gave their best effort, even the ones who didn’t place in the event ran close to their PRs (personal records).”
Adam Gregory placed runner-up in the high school shot put event. Gregory’s best throw covered 37–07.25 feet. Sam Cotthoff of University Heights won with a throw of 40–00.50. Hancock County’s James Singleton was eighth at 29–02.
“Adam has worked on his own lifting weights and throwing since we were shut down last year due to Covid,” coach Hawkins said. “He is seeing the rewards for his hard work. Adam is a trusted leader for the team and an outstanding young man.”
Sebastain Fredell placed fifth in the boys 60 meter hurdles with a time of 10.03 seconds. Mason Meyer of Bishop Brossart won in 9.41.
Xander Early placed eighth in the boys 60 meter dash with a time of 7.55 seconds. Braden Wathen was 19th in 8.76. The winner was Trevor Holbrook of Louisville Collegiate at 7.29.
Early was eighth in the 200 meter dash in 24.82. The winner was Ryan Long of Trimble County in 22.79.
Lee Lee Board placed eighth in the girls 60 meter hurdles in 14.34. Krista Perry of Morgan County won in 9.10.
Sydney Weatherholt was 10 in the girls 800 meters in 3:16.48. Erica Lindsey was 12th in 3:28.70. The winner was Reese Ragland of Louisville Collegiate in 2:25.
Weatherholt was 12th in the girls 400 meters in 1:14.08, while Lindsey was 16th in 1:19.28. The winner was Alexandra Allen of Louisville Collegiate in 1:00.73.
Emily McCormick was 13th in the girls 200 meters in 35.22. Kendall Burgess won in 27.07.
Juliana Nevitt was 14th in the girls 1500 meters in 6.39. The winner was Reese Ragland of Louisville Collegiate in 4:57.
McCormick placed 16th in the girls 60 meter dash in a time of 10.50. Alexander Allen of Louisville Collegiate won in 7.99.
“We had sprinters and distance runners who got to learn what it’s like to run on a track with banked curves,” Hawkins said. “This was a good start to our season. We’re a small crew and we’ll still accept anyone who wants to come out for the team. We’re small in numbers but I think we’ll compete well.”
Pritchard wins title
Luke Pritchard won first place in the middle school shot put event. The 8th grader’s winning throw of 37 feet, .06 inches makes him the middle school indoor state champion. Hancock’s Lawson Ward placed fifth at 29–-06.
“Luke is a versatile athlete. He works hard and is a great teammate. He has a bright future in track & field and in his life in general,” coach Hawkins said.
Isabella Ross was sixth in the girls 400 meter dash in 1:09.56. The winner was Ryan Burgan of North Oldham.
Hunter Stephens placed seventh in the boys 1500 meters in 5:21. The winner was Jesus Mendoza-Solis in 4:47.
Hayden Carman was 11th in the boys 60 meter dash in 10.01 seconds. The winner was King Combest of Burns at 7.39. Carman was also 11th in the 200 meters. His time was 34.92. The winner was CJ Arthur of Mason County in 26.01.
Hancock County competed in the Owensboro Spring Relays meet on Tuesday.
“Great work by our Hornets last night,” coach Hawkins said. “I am very proud of all our athletes. We are small in numbers and unable to fill all events, but they have heart, work hard and are improving every day.”
Sabastain Fredell was second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 17.69 seconds. Adam Weaver of Apollo won in 16.87.
Adam Gregory placed second in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, seven inches. Conner Szefi was 14th at 22–02. The winner was Hunter Hagan of Henderson County (37–02).
Sydney Weatherholt placed third in the girls 800 meter run. Her time was two minutes, fifty-one seconds. Erica Lindsey was sixth in 2:58. Avery Heath of Daviess County won in 2:38.
Gregory was fourth in the discus with a throw of 100–01. James Singleton was ninth at 79–05. Gavin Wimstat of OHS won with a throw of 104 feet.
Juliana Nevitt was fourth in the girls 1600 meters. Her time was 6:58. Emily Rempe of DCHS won in 5:48.
Haylee Duff was sixth in the girls long jump with a leap of 11–02. Chloe Sandefur of Apollo won at 14–08.50.
Braden Wathen placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of 13 feet, seven inches. Steven Stevenson of Owensboro won at 19–06.
By Steve Wimmer