By Steve Wimmer
Athletes from Hancock County competed in the KTCCCA (Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association) Indoor State Championship in Louisville Sunday. Local runners and throwers set school records and gave personal best performances during the event.
“I was very pleased with how we did at the meet,” coach Wes Meserve said. “It was our first competition of the year and my only goals were to give our kids a chance to compete against top competition and break records.”
The following athletes had career best performances.
Lexus Ralph placed eighth in a time of 1:05.95 in the girls 400 meter dash.
Izzy Ross placed eighth in the 800 meters in 2:39, with Ralph 14th in 2:45. Ross was 12th in the 1500 meters in 5:33. Her time broke the school record set by Robin Bivens in 2006.
Alex Basham placed eighth in the boys shot put with a throw of 38–10.5 feet, while James Singleton was ninth at 37–6.25.
Brianna Mooneyham was 18th in the girls shot put with a toss of 20–11.
Hunter Stephens placed 24th in the boys 1500 meters with a time of 4:57. Griffin DeJarnette was 36th in the same event in 5:19.
Ben Baker placed 26th in the 60 meter dash in a time of 7.79 seconds. Landen Garrison was 33rd in 8.03.
Noah Henson placed 26th in the 800 meters in a time of 2:24.
More than 750 athletes from 38 schools competed in the varsity meet.
Carolina Jones broke her own HCMS school record by placing 13th in the 400 meter dash. Her time was 1:09. Jayda Meserve was 22nd in a personal best time of 1:12.15.
Tessa Walls also tied her school record in the 60 meter dash. She placed 14th in 8.74 seconds.
Ellen Meserve (5th grade) set two elementary school records while running in middle school events. She placed 15th in the 800 meters in 2:54, while Abi Decker was 40th in a personal best time of 3:16.
Ellen placed 26th in the 1500 meters in 5:57. Lyla DeJarnette was 42nd in a personal best time of 6:58.
Emmitt Meserve set an HCMS record in the 1500 meters with a time of 5:09. He placed 23rd at this event. Emmitt was 34th in the 800 meters in 2:38.
Henry Proctor ran a personal best time while placing 19th in the 400 meter dash in 1:02.96. He ran 2:28 in the 800 meters.
Elias wins at state
Elias Meserve (2nd grade) won a state championship in the 10 and under open division. He won the 1500 meters in a time of 6:05.
More than 1,000 athletes from 69 schools competed.
“I was very proud of what our kids were able to accomplish at the starting point,” the coach said. “Ultimately, our goals are to compete for trophies at region and to send as many kids as possible to the KHSAA State Championship in June. This was a very strong start as we begin our outdoor season.”
By Steve Wimmer