LOUISVILLE - Franklin County’s Ryan Timmons may have been the defending state champion in the 100-meter dash, but it was another race that had his attention.
Timmons successfully defended his title in the 100 at the KHSAA Class 2A State Track and Field Championships Friday and then went out and won the 200-meter dash at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.
“That was the goal,” Timmons said about winning the 100 again, “but I wanted to win the 200. I lost last year and I had something to prove.
“It was kind of disappointing,” he added about last year’s 200-meter dash, “and that’s what I’ve been working for, to show people how fast I was.”
Timmons won the 100 in 10.84 seconds, and Union County’s Silaf Harris was second in 11.04.
In the 200 Timmons edged Central’s Jazz Hayes by 8/100ths of a second. Timmons won with a time of 21.90 seconds, and Hayes finished in 21.98.
North Oldham’s Zach Evans, who caught Timmons at the finish line last year to win the 200, was third Friday with a time of 22.22.
Despite the close finish, Timmons was confident he’d won the 200 once the race ended.
“When I crossed the line I looked around and there was no one that close,” he said. “I was just waiting for my time. In the 100 we had a couple of false starts and I had to refocus.
“I’m very excited,” he added. “I want to come back and do it again, hopefully. I’ll be ready for that.”
FCHS’ Kambrea Johnson, competing at the state meet for the first time, was runner-up in the shot put and took third in the discus.
“It was my goal to be in the top three,” she said, “but I wasn’t sure which one I’d get.
“My goal for the discus was to go over 100 (feet), and my goal for the shot put was to go over 32.”
Johnson did both, going 33 feet, 5.25 inches in the shot put and 103 feet, 5 inches in the discus. Both were personal records.
“I had a lot of adrenalin,” she said. “I was really nervous, but I have really good coaches.”
Also picking up points for the Lady Flyers was Rebecca Cook who placed fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 26.02 seconds.
Franklin County’s girls tied for 13th out of 44 teams with 18 points. Timmons’ two wins gave the Flyers 20 points, and that was good enough for an 11th-place finish in the team standings out of 48 teams.
In other events involving FCHS athletes, Kerri Bochantin was 13th in the 800-meter run in 2:31.42, the girls 4x800-meter relay team of Nannilena White, Cook, Rebecca Coleman and Bochantin was 10th in 10:31.36, the boys 4x200-meter relay team of Landon Hurst, Greg Maupin, Thomas Stone and Brandon Smith was 17th in 1:37.01, and the boys 4x100-meter relay team of Chris Roberts, Smith, Maupin and Hurst was 20th in 46.06.