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Meserve medals as four compete at middle school state

Emmitt Meserve smiles after winning a medal during the KTCCCA Middle School Indoor State track meet in Louisville last weekend.

 

Four local athletes qualified for and competed in the KTCCCA Middle School Indoor State Championship at Louisville last weekend.

Eighth grader Emmitt Meserve earned a medal when he placed third in the triple jump competition. Meserve delivered a leap that covered a distance of 32 feet, 4.25 inches. Egli Brooks of Beaumont won at 37–04.75.

Meserve was also qualified to compete in two other events, the 1500 and 3000 meter runs. He placed fourth in the 3K in 11 minutes flat. Tanner Daniels of Wallins won in 9:29. Emmitt was 11th in the 1500 in 4:58. Daniels won in 4:19.

“This was probably the best major track meet Emmitt has ever had,” HCHS coach Wes Meserve said. “He broke HCMS records in all three of his events.

He won his 1500 meter heat by over 15 seconds and his triple jump distance was half a foot better than the outdoor record.

“He scratched on his first jump, but he shook it off and had his two best jumps ever. He’s the only middle schooler we have who qualified for high school state and is currently ranked in the top 20 in the state in our class for the triple jump.”

HCMS eighth grader Henry Proctor was ninth in the boys 800 meter run with a time of 2:25. Donnie Wright of Shelby East won in 2:02.

“Henry has been chasing the 800m record for the past two years. He finally broke it on Saturday. I was really pleased with how he ran. After a cross country season where he was continuously injured, this was a big race and a big confidence booster for him.”

Ellen Meserve, a sixth grader, competed in three events. She was fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 26 feet, three inches. Molly Dixon of Green County won at 28–07.5.

Meserve placed 16th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:50. Hadley Raison of Lexington Christian won in 2:26.

Ellen placed 25th in the 1500 meters in six minutes flat. Millie Huang of North Oldham won in 4:56. “Ellen had a good day.

For a 6th grader, she performed very well considering she had to take about three weeks off with a sprained ankle. She ran personal bests in the 800m and 1500m. Her triple jump was just shy of her own school record.”

Eli McCormick competed in the elementary portion and placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 20 feet, three inches. Aden McCarty of Trinity Christian won at 24–01.25.

“Eli had a big meet. He threw over three feet better than his personal best. If his best throw hadn’t been a scratch he would have placed third and improved his PB by over four feet.

He’s a kid I’m very excited to watch this season and in the future. He has a lot of natural ability in throwing events and he’s a very competitive kid,” coach Meserve said.

By Steve Wimmer

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