Harlan boys take fourth in SEKC meet; girls place sixth


Chris Jones

Nate Montanaro, pictured in action earlier this season, qualified for the state meet in three events, including the high jump.

By Abby Sherman, Contributing Writer

The Harlan track team competed in the SEKC Championship at Williamsburg on Friday. The boys placed fourth overall with 81 points. The girls were sixth with 39 points, right behind Middlesboro (42).

Nate Montanaro led the Dragons, winning the 110-meter hurdles, as well as placing fourth in the high jump and 11th in the 200-meter dash.

In the 400-meter dash, Noah Sharpe and Brayden Howard were tenth and 12th, respectively.

Connor Collins placed 12th in the 800-meter run.

Dylan Cox finished eighth in the 1,600-meter run.

Ethan Shuler was second in the 110-meter hurdles.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Tayquan Vick was fifth, while Sayed Damaa placed 12th.

In long jump, Kaleb McLendon and Shuler were second and fourth, respectively.

Shuler placed second in long jump.

In triple jump, Kaleb McLendon was second, while Kyler McLendon was fourth.

Trenton Childers was sixth in shot put. Jayden Ward placed 11th.

In discus, Childers was 12th, while Michael Lindsey was 17th.

Montanaro, Kyler McLendon, Sharpe and Darius Akal won the 4 x 100 meter relay.

Howard, Evan Bargo, Eric Evans and Cox finished fourth in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

To lead the Lady Dragons, Harper Carmical finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run. Emma Owens placed fourth in triple jump and seventh in the 100-meter dash. Marissa Marlowe was fourth in shot put and fifth in discus.

In the 200-meter dash, Addison Campbell was 16th.

Chloe Schwenke finished ninth in the 1,600-meter run.

Shelby Doan was seventh in the 100-meter hurdles.

In long jump, Kaylee Roark placed 12th.

In shot put, Asia Young and Campbell were eighth and 13th, respectively.

In the 4 x 100 meter relay, Peighton Jones, Abbie Jones, Owens and Doan were sixth.

Abbie Jones, Mia Pace, Owens and Peighton Jones finished fourth in the 4 x 400 meter relay.

Pace, Abbie Jones, Schwenke and Carmical were fourth in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

“I believe last night we had a remarkable meet,” Harlan coach Trent McKenzie said. “It was nice to have Darius Akal and Shelby Doan back after being injured most of the season. We made some improvements in both the girls and boys side. With region being next week, I feel we are where we need to be to get people to state.”

Harlan will return to action at the Class A Region 6 meet at Somerset on Thursday.