HCHS teams take second in meet at Boyle


Chris Jones

Harlan County senior Connor Blevins, pictured in action earlier this season, placed third in the shot put at a meet at Boyle County.

By Abby Sherman, Contributing Writer

The Harlan County track team competed in an all comers meet at Boyle County on Tuesday. Both boys and girls placed second overall with 101 points and 88 points, respectively. Mercer County won the boys division (167) and the girls division (124).

“I’m proud of our kids for their performance tonight,” Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe said. “It’s a lot to ask kids to sit on a bus for three hours to compete, but they did a good job. They competed hard and beat some really good teams.”

To lead the Bears, Andrew Yeary won the 800-meter run and was second in the 1,600-meter run. Dallas Sergent placed first in the 300-meter hurdles and third in the 110-meter hurdles.

In the 100-meter dash, Luke Kelly finished third. Taelor Haywood was 14th.

Kelly was second in the 200-meter dash, while Bryan Howard finished 11th.

Hunter Crain placed fourth in the 400-meter dash. Austin Crain finished eighth.

In the 800-meter run, Jacob Schwenke finished fourth.

Tanner Daniels placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run.

In the 3,200-meter run, Daniels finished third, while Drew Sergent placed 10th

Brayden Howard was ninth in the 110-meter hurdles and 11th in the 300-meter hurdles.

In long jump, Haywood was seventh. Bryan Howard placed ninth.

Haywood was fifth in high jump.

Brayden Howard placed sixth in triple jump, while Bradley Brock was 14th.

In shot put, Connor Blevins was third. Jacob Shoemaker was tenth.

Blevins placed ninth in discus, while Shoemaker was 15th.

In the 4 x 100 meter relay, Hunter Crain, Kelly, Haywood and Dallas Sergent placed third.

Austin Crain, Hunter Crain, Kelly and Dallas Sergent were fifth in the 4 x 200 meter relay.

Austin Crain, Hunter Crain, Schwenke and Yeary won the 4 x 400 meter relay.

In the 4 x 800 meter relay, Austin Crain, Kyle Farley, Schwenke and Yeary finished second.

Ella Karst led the Lady Bears, placing second in the 100-meter dash. Karst also placed third in the 200-meter dash, setting a new school record.  Peyton Lunsford finished second in the 3,200-meter run and third in the 800-meter run. Paige Phillips was second in the 100-meter hurdles, sixth in the 300-meter hurdles, fourth in high jump and tenth in triple jump.

Emilee Eldridge placed ninth in the 100-meter dash.

Taytum Griffin finished 12th in the 200-meter dash.

In the 400-meter dash, Addi Gray was fourth, while Brianna Howard placed eighth.

Preslee Hensley placed fifth in the 800-meter run.

In the 1,600-meter run, Lauren Lewis and Gracie Roberts finished fourth and eighth, respectively.

Lewis was fourth in the 3,200-meter run.

Heaven Hensley placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles.

In long jump, Madison Daniels was 12th, while Heaven Hensley was 13th.

Hailie Hensley placed ninth in high jump and 14th in triple jump.

In shot put, Taylor Lunsford was third, while Lacey Robinson placed 17th.

Taylor Lunsford placed seventh in discus. Whitney Noe was 11th.

Aliyah Deleon, Eldridge, Griffin and Karst won the 4 x 100 meter relay and placed second in the 4 x 200 meter relay.

In the 4 x 400 meter relay, Deleon, Howard, Gray and Preslee Hensley were fifth.

Gray, Lewis, Preslee Hensley and Peyton Lunsford finished second in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

“I felt like we competed hard and we picked up some nice individual wins. I thought we were really dialed in for the most part and got after it. That was exactly the goal coming in,” Vitatoe said. “We only have a couple of weeks left before region and we have to get sharp for that final drive.

“It was a chilly, windy night, but we didn’t make any excuses. I’m proud of them, and this is something to continue to build on. We know we have a lot of work ahead of us if we want to be competitive when we come back down here for region.”