Gordon roars in 400

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LEXINGTON - There were no tears shed by Frankfort High senior Jackie Gordon after her prep career ended Saturday on the University of Kentucky track at the Class A state track and field meet.

That's because Gordon will have many more chances to compete at UK. She's signed to run there next year and will no doubt become a collegiate star for the Wildcats.

But Gordon did feel the sentimental value of it all Saturday after leaving with yet another state title in the 400-meter dash, two more top-six finishes, and a fourth place on the 4-by-800 relay Friday.

"I'm leaving here with a good feeling about today," Gordon said Saturday. "It's been memorable, fun and great. I'm proud of myself and my teammates for everything we've done."

Gordon's signature event is the 400-meter dash. It wasn't a matter of if she would win it. The question was by how much.

"I've held my own in the 400 for four years, so it's a relief to win that one again," Gordon said.

Gordon has won the 400 the past three years, as well as when she was a seventh grader. A year ago, she tied Debra McLemore's Class A record of 57.10 in winning.

This year, she wanted to own the record all to herself.

"I didn't get the record today, but that's okay," she said. "I really wanted it and I pushed myself for it, so I don't feel sorry for myself."

Gordon still won easily, however, clocking in at 57.48. She might have had that record if is wasn't for a strong headwind down the backstretch.

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