CYNTHIANA — Rain delayed but didn’t stop the Class 2A Region 4 track meet, and Western Hills and Franklin County qualified five individuals and one relay team for the state meet May 23 at the University of Kentucky.
WHHS senior Anna Curlin won three events — the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes — and she finished second in the long jump to qualify for state.
The top two finishers in each event automatically advance to state, as do those with the next four best times or distances in the state.
Western Hills had two other athletes win two events — Cameron Murphy in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles, and Aja Leachman in the discus and shot put.
Teammate Alaina Hall came in first in the 300-meter hurdles, and the boys 4x200-meter relay team of JP Isaacs, Ben Tinsley, D.J. Green and Murphy finished second.
Franklin County’s Ashley Lawhorn took second in the 800-meter run.
Curlin qualified for state in the same four events last year shen she finished as runner-up in the 100 and 200 and won the 400 and long jump.
“I’m really happy,” Curlin said. “I was really stressed with the rain delay, prom, and today’s my birthday.
“I had a lot going on today, and I’m really happy I was able to stay focused.”
Curlin’s winning times were 12.72 seconds in the 100, 26.54 in the 200 and 59.4 in the 400, and she jumped 16 feet, 3 inches to take second in the long jump.
Lightning and heavy rain delayed the start of the meet by about 1½ hours, and FCHS and WHHS both had their proms Saturday night.
Murphy repeated as regional champion in both hurdle events.
“I felt pretty good,” he said. “In the 300 hurdles I felt like I messed up a few times, but I guess it was OK.”
He won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.45 seconds and the 300 in 39.58.
Hall missed a good portion of the season with stress fractures in her foot.
“I just got back three or four weeks ago,” she said. “I’ve been riding a bike and other stuff so I wasn’t that out of shape.
“I’m still dealing with the injury. It still hurts a little bit but I had to power through it, and I did it.”
Her winning time in the 300-meter hurdles was 47.14.
Leachman set a personal record in winning the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 2 inches.
“I’m very disappointed in the discus,” she said. “I always want to PR in my events. I threw 106 feet, and my PR is 124. It wasn’t as good as I can do, but I’m happy to come out with a win regardless.”
Leachman, a senior, has improved in both events this season, but more so in the shot put. Last year at the region she was second in the discus and fourth in the shot put.
“Once I got my first PR in shot put I started focusing more on shot put and not just on discus.” Leachman’s PR in the shot put coming into the meet was 35-8.
She won the discus with a throw of 106-10.
Lawhorn was runner-up in the 800 meters with a time of 2:29.12, and the WHHS boys 4x200 relay team was second in 1:33.85.
Finishing third were Hall in the 100-meter hurdles, Isaacs in the 400-meter dash, WHHS’ Annie Cunningham in the pole vault, Franklin County’s Kerrigan Brown in the girls shot put and Kristen Ellis in the discus, and the FCHS girls 4x400-meter relay team of Charisma Haynes, Lawhorn, Kirsten Pilcher and Kerry Taylor.
Highlands won the girls team title with 154 points, and WHHS was third with 84. The Lady Flyers placed fifth with 32 points.
Covington Catholic took the boys team title with 125 points. The Wolverines were fifth with 56.
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