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Eagles boys seize second consecutive track and field championship trophy at regionals

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By CHANTAL DANIEL

For the second year in a row, the Fort Knox High School Eagles boys’ track and field team brought home the trophy from the Class 1A Regional 2 Meet in Greensburg, Kentucky.

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The Eagles competed against 13 other schools for the opportunity to qualify for state in individual events. Several of them did. The boys’ team placed first out of 14 teams. The girls, with only 11 athletes competing, placed third out of 14 teams.

In its second year, the Unified Program had all athletes qualify for state in that event. In the Mixed Unified 400-meter dash, James and Joshua Daniel took first place with a time 1:08.42. In the Mixed Unified 100 meter dash, James and Joseph Daniel placed first with a time of 16.87. In the Mixed Unified shot put, James and Jacob Daniel placed first with a combined throw of 24-10.

On the girls’ side, several athletes qualified for state. In the 100-meter hurdles, Abby Donohue and Kayla Reynolds qualified, with Donohue placing fourth with a time of 18.30, and Reynolds by placing fifth with a time of 18.39. The girls’ 4x100-meter relay team of Taylor Nordman, Donohue, Marissa Wells, and Jamya Meekins qualified by placing fourth with a time of 53.97. In the 1600-meter run, 7th grader Sadie LeBlanc qualified by placing third with a time of 5:42.43. The girls’ 4x200 relay team of Nordman, Donohue, Sage Tudryn and Saleia Porter qualified by placing first with a time of 1:48.76. In the 200-meter dash,
Porter qualified by placing first with a time of 25.84. In the 400-meter dash, both Porter and Tudryn qualified with Porter placing first with a time of 58.44 and Sage placing fifth with a time of 1:05.21. The girls’ 4x400-meter relay team of Jenna Doehring, Porter, Sage and Nordman qualified by placing first with a time of 4:15.89.

In the field events
for the girls and the only pole vaulter
on the entire team
competing at regionals for the Eagles in the pole vault, Nordman qualified for state by placing fourth with a jump of 7-06.00.

On the boys’ side, there were also several state qualifiers. In the 100-meter dash, Josh DeRivas and Jasiah Tudryn qualified with DeRivas placing third with a time of 11.39 and Jasiah placing fourth with a time of 11.52. The boys’ 4x800 relay team of Joseph Daniel, Jabari Jackson, Michael Velazquez, and Quan Battle qualified by placing fourth with a time of 8:57.18. The boys’ 4x100 relay team of Geoffrey Gradney, Maleeq Walters, DeRivas and Jasiah took first with a time of 44.19. In the 200-meter dash, Gradney and DeRivas both qualified with Gradney earning first with a time of 22.70 and DeRivas placing fourth with a time of 23.39. The boys’ 4x200 relay team of DeRivas, Jasiah, Gradney and Wallace placed first with a time of 1:29.82. Xavier Rodriguez qualified in both the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles with a time of 17.13 in the 110-meter hurdles and 44.92 in the 300-meter hurdles. In the 800-meter run, Wallace qualified by placing second with a time of 2:03.11. In the 400-meter dash, Wallace qualified by placing first with a time of 51.19. The boys’ 4x400 relay team of Wallace, Gradney, Zach Loiselle and Jackson placed first with a time of 3:33.37.

Out in the field, there were several state qualifiers for the boys.

In the long jump, TJ Pittman and Jamal Meekins qualified with Pittman placing first in the long jump with a jump of 20-05.50 and Meekins placing second with a jump of 19-02.50. In the triple jump, Jerome Jones qualified by placing fourth with a jump of 38-01.00. In the shot put, Walters qualified by placing fifth with a throw of 42-02. For the discus throw, Walters qualified by placing sixth with a throw of 114-10. In the high jump, Loiselle qualified by placing first with a jump of 5-10.

The Eagles’ next track and field meet will be today, when the team will travel to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, to compete in the Class 1A State Meet. The boys will have the opportunity to do something there that has never been done before at Fort Knox High School — win back-to-back championships.

In his first year as the head coach of the Fort Knox High School team, Terry Turner said he is looking for wins from the girls and the boys.

“I think both teams will pleasantly surprise some of our competition,” Turner said. “They are such a strong group that fight for one another. I wouldn’t be surprised if we bring back a few state champions. The girls 4x2 and 4x4 are itching to show people that they are an amazing force.”