WHHS, FCHS in good shape at regional track

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

NEW CASTLE - The Franklin County and Western Hills track and field teams weathered the storm, so to speak, here Tuesday at the Region 3 Class AA track and field meet.

Both squads fought through steady rains and cold temperatures in running well in preliminaries, and both will have several athletes competing in Thursday's finals.

Several field events and the boys and girls 3,200-meter relays were completed Tuesday at Henry County High School. The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for state and others can by meeting qualifying standards.

Franklin County's LaRoya Hogan finished third in the girls discus and will have to wait it out to see if her throw of 93-05 is good enough to qualify for next weekend's state meet at the University of Kentucky.

The Western Hills boys 3,200 relay team cruised to the regional title in the event, posting a time of 8:56.01. Bullitt East was next with a time of 9:03.98.

But the WHHS relay is in question because of the health of star runner Jonathan Thomas, who injured his leg in the E.G. Plummer meet a few weeks back and was clearly hurting after running the anchor leg in the relay Tuesday.

"He's hurting," said WHHS coach Pam Andrews. "He strained the tendon in the back of his leg and his knee is hurting in the back. He still ran a 2:05 split and that's not great for him but it's wonderful under his circumstances."

Thomas teamed up with Matt Hebert, Tyler Combess and Vamsi Kuchipudi in the 3,200 relay, the first event of the day for runners. Thomas left the meet as soon as the relay ended.

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