CYNTHIANA – Defending state champions Alisha Adair of Western Hills and Ryan Timmons of Franklin County will have a chance to keep their titles this week.
Adair won three individual events and Timmons won two, and Adair ran on a winning relay at the Class 2A Region 4 track and field meet Saturday at the Harrison County Athletic Complex.
The Lady Wolverines were runners-up in the team standings, finishing with 131 points. Highlands won the girls team title with 167 points.
“It’s a numbers game,” WHHS coach Christian Adair said. “You need two people in each event, and we had no one in the 800, one in the mile, one in the two-mile, one in the pole vault, and no one in the high jump.
“You can’t compete when you let events go uncompleted,” he added, “but at state it’s the very best, and our athletes are the very best in state.”
Alisha Adair has won state the last three years in the 200-meter dash, and Timmons captured the 100-meter dash last year at state.
Both won those same events Saturday. In addition Adair won the 100 and 400-meter dashes and anchored the winning 4x400-meter relay, and Timmons won the 200-meter dash.
The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for the state meet, which will be run Friday at the University of Louisville. Additional athletes could qualify based on their times in the region.
Besides Adair and Timmons, other individual winners Saturday were Western Hills’ Anna Curlin in the long jump, Alaina Hall and Cameron Murphy in the 300-meter hurdles, and Aja Leachman in the discus throw.
Curlin also qualified for state in the 200 and 400 meters, and Hall and Murphy finished second in the 100 and 110-meter hurdles, respectively, to advance.
Others who placed second and will be moving on are Franklin County’s Rebecca Cook in the 800-meter run, the FCHS girls 4x800-meter relay team, the FCHS boys 4x200 and 4x100-meter relay teams, and the WHHS boys 4x800-meter relay team.
Adair came into the regional meet off an injury, having pulled a hamstring two weeks ago.
“The first week I really rested it,” she said. “I didn’t do any workouts and iced it. The second week my dad (WHHS coach Adair) gave me a couple of workouts to do.
“It’s feeling a lot better. It’s not 100 percent, but it’s definitely better.”
With her hamstring feeling better and knowing her team could use the points from her events, Adair decided to run.
“I told Dad it was a lot better, and he said it was on me.”
Adair won the 100-meter dash in 12.55 seconds, the 200 in 26.01, and the 400 in 1 minute, 65/100ths of a second.
“Today I was focused on qualifying rather than placing,” she said. “I wanted to get to state. I want to get back in the 200 and keep the streak going. I was focused on qualifying, and I went out and did what I could.”
So did Timmons, who was running in his sixth meet of the season Saturday.
“I haven’t been able to do much because of football,” he said.
But it hasn’t slowed him down. His winning time in the 100-meter dash was 10.97 seconds, and he took the 200 in 22.47 seconds.
“I wanted to win, not only the individual events but the relays so we could go to state,” Timmons said. “Last year the 4x2 won and we want to keep that going at state, and the 4x1 made it this year. It’s great to make it in both relays for the sprinters.”
Getting to state was Timmons’ first concern Saturday.
“I was worried about winning and getting to state,” he said. “You can’t worry about times at state if you don’t get there. My first goal was to get to state.”
Curlin’s favorite event is the 400-meter dash, but the long jump was the event she won with a jump of 16 feet.
“I wanted to get to state,” said Curlin, who competed at state in the long jump last year. “I was pretty confident about getting to state, but you never know until you actually do it.
“I jumped 16 feet on my last jump, and that’s unusual,” she added. “I usually jump better on my first jump, but today was backwards.”
Curlin ran on the 4x400 relay team was Adair, Hall and Harper Jones.
Their winning time was 4 minutes, 13.57 seconds, nearly 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Highlands.
“That was wonderful,” Curlin said. “All four of us are hurt, and we ran a PR. That doesn’t make any sense.”
Injuries have made it hard for all four to run on the relay on a consistent basis.
“Our best time had been 4:16,” Adair said, “and before we ran today Dad talked about running a time that would get us in the first heat at state.
“I looked at the clock when coming across the line and saw 4:13. I feel like we’re all very blessed.”
Hall will be going to state in both hurdle events after qualifying in the 300 hurdles last year.
She won the 300-meter hurdles in 47.94 seconds and was second in the 100 hurdles in 17.09.
“That’s my race,” she said of the 300. “It was hard when I started out at hurdles, but now I’m really good at them. I’m very, very excited about the 4x4.”
Leachman crushed the competition in the discus, winning with a throw of 108 feet. Runner-up Caitlin Carter of Lloyd Memorial threw for 98 feet, 9 inches.
Murphy’s winning time in the 300-meter hurdles was 41.24 seconds, 2.14 seconds ahead of Harrison County’s Joey Pratt. Murphy took second in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.53 seconds.
Running on Franklin County’s boys 4x200-meter relay team were Landon Hurst, Greg Maupin, Thomas Stone and Timmons.
The Flyers’ 4x100 relay team consisted of Chris Roberts, Brandon Smith, Maupin and Hurst.
Nannilena White, Rebecca Cook, Rebecca Coleman and Kerri Bochantin ran for the Lady Flyers in the 4x800-meter relay.
For Western Hills, the members of the boys 4x800-meter relay team were Jordan Lewis, Grant Hughes, Tyler Nix and Austin Huffman.
“I’m happy with everybody,” coach Adair said. “Brenna Burton ran the two-mile for us. She’s not a 100 or a sprinter, but she asked where can I help and she did the two-mile.
“She didn’t get any points, but she was willing to help the team. Annie Cunningham was seeded fourth in the pole vault but finished third. I’m definitely happy.”
The Class 2A state meet will start at 1 p.m. at U of L with field events. The running events will begin at 3.
Team scores – 1. Highlands 167, 2. Western Hills 131, 3. Lloyd Memorial 71, 4. Harrison Co. 70, 5. Lexington Catholic 60, 6. Franklin Co. 35, 7. Bourbon Co. 21.
100-meter dash – 1. Alisha Adair (WH) 12.55, 8. Amberly Peyton (WH) 14.21.
200-meter dash – 1. Alisha Adair (WH) 26.01, 2. Anna Curlin (WH) 26.69.
400-meter dash – 1. Alisha Adair (WH) 1:00.65, 2. Anna Curlin (WH) 1:01.81, 16. Marci Beason (FC) 1:32.76.
800-meter run – 2. Rebecca Cook (FC) 2:30.24, 3. Kerri Bochantin (FC) 2:33.73.
1,600-meter run – 4. Dove DeNigris (WH) 5:50.91, 7. Kerry Taylor (FC) 6:09.50, 13. Jamie Beason (FC) 7:58.35.
3,200-meter run – 4. Dove DeNigris (WH)12:47.08, 8. Kerry Taylor (FC) 15:47.40, 9. Brenna Burton (WH) 16:49.82.
100-meter hurdles – 2. Alaina Hall (WH) 17.09, 6. Victoria Crittenden (WH) 18.94.
300-meter hurdles – 1. Alaina Hall (WH) 47.94, 6. Victoria Crittenden (WH) 53.68, 7. Rebecca Coleman (FC) 54.05.
4x100-meter relay – 3. Western Hills (Jenna Harrod, Amberly Peyton, Sammie Rowe, Aja Leachman) 54.21.
4x200-meter relay – 3. Western Hills (Jenna Harrod, Alaina Hall, Sammie Rowe, Amberly Peyton) 1:53.32.
4x400-meter relay – 1. Western Hills (Harper Jones, Anna Curlin, Alaina Hall, Alisha Adair) 4:13.57.
4x800-meter relay – 2. Franklin Co. (Nannilena White, Rebecca Cook, Rebecca Coleman, Kerri Bochantin) 10:33.03, 6. Western Hills (Kory Bradley, Kolby Richardson, Sammie Rowe, Dove DeNigris) 11:50.24.
Pole vault – 3. Annie Cunningham (WH) 6-06.
Long jump – 1. Anna Curlin (WH) 16-00, 10. Jenna Harrod (WH) 13-03.
Triple jump – 5. Emily Clouse (FC) 28-11.50, 7. Jayne Yocum (WH) 26-08.50.
Shot put – 3. Alissa May (WH) 30-10.50, 4. Kambrea Johnson (FC) 30-09.50, 5. Aja Leachman (WH) 30-06, 6. Kristen Ellis (FC) 28-08.
Discus throw – 1. Aja Leachman (WH) 108-00, 3. Kambrea Johnson (FC) 94-02, 7. Kristen Ellis (FC) 69-00, 8. Alissa May (WH) 66-06.
Team scores – 1. Harrison Co. 126, 2. Lexington Catholic 108, 3. Covington Catholic 76, 4. Lloyd Memorial 53, 5. Western Hills 51, 6. Highlands 46, 7. Holmes 41, 8. Franklin Co. 38, 9. Bourbon Co. 12, 10. Pendleton Co. 7.
100-meter dash – 1. Ryan Timmons (FC) 10.97, 8. Landon Hurst (FC) 11.96, 11. Mason Nicholson (WH) 12.33, 14. Jacob Olds (WH) 12.60.
200-meter dash – 1. Ryan Timmons (FC) 22.47, 5. Landon Hurst (FC) 23.82, 9. Mason Nicholson (WH) 24.28, 10. Austin May (WH) 24.43.
400-meter dash – 11. Jordan Lewis (WH) 56.40, 16. Ben Tinsley (WH) 1:01.28.
800-meter run – 3. Austin Huffman (WH) 2:04.50, 9. Grant Hughes (WH) 2:13.31.
1,600-meter run – 8. Tyler Nix (WH) 4:55.54, 13. Grant Hughes (WH) 5:13.43.
3,200-meter run – 8. Brian Wyatt (FC) 10:56.39, 12. Zack Wasson (WH) 12:19.10.
110-meter hurdles – 2. Cameron Murphy (WH) 15.53, 5. Austin May (WH) 19.67.
300-meter hurdles – 1. Cameron Murphy (WH) 41.24, 4. Austin May (WH) 47.10.
4x100-meter relay – 2. Franklin Co. (Chris Roberts, Brandon Smith, Greg Maupin, Landon Hurst) 45.94, 8. Western Hills (Nick Raymond, Jordan Lewis, Jacob Olds, Mason Nicholson) 48.85.
4x200-meter relay – 2. Franklin Co. (Landon Hurst, Greg Maupin, Thomas Stone, Ryan Timmons) 1:35.16, 6. Western Hills (Jacob Olds, Nick Raymond, Cameron Murphy, Mason Nicholson) 1:40.78.
4x400-meter relay – 4. Western Hills (Austin May, Austin Huffman, Cameron Murphy, Grant Hughes) 3:40.62.
4x800-meter relay – 2. Western Hills (Jordan Lewis, Grant Hughes, Tyler Nix, Austin Huffman) 8:31.36.
High jump – 5. J.P. Isaacs (WH) 5-04.
Pole vault – 3. Talmage Ruth (WH) 10-06.
Long jump – 9. J.P. Isaacs (WH) 17-11.
Shot put – 9. Donavan Edwards (WH) 39-04.