Eminence drops opener but improved from last year

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By Tommie Kendall

Sports Editor

The Eminence Warriors had just one day of practice before their season opener at Christian Academy-Louisville last Tuesday, and they came away with possibly their best start since the track program was restarted in 2005.

The squad practiced for the first time last Monday afternoon, then opened the season at Christian Academy the following day. Ed Berry and TJ Cooper swept the high jump with a 1-2 finish, Berry finished third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump, Dee Moore returned to Eminence with a fourth-place outing in the 100-meter dash, and the 400-meter relay team finished second. It was just the start Steve Frommeyer was looking for.

“With just one day of practice, I thought we did great,” Frommeyer said. “I was very, very pleased.”

The biggest surprise from the Warriors came in the 400-relay with lead-off leg Cooper, second-leg Moore, third-leg Tihon Durrett and anchor Berry blazing for a 46.4 finish, which was the relay’s fastest time since the program was restarted. With only one day to work on handoffs, the foursome was near perfect in their one lap around the track. Central, one of the top relays in the entire state, won in 43.3 seconds.

“For this early, our handoffs were really smooth,” Frommeyer said. “I think this group can really do well at the Class A state level. I was actually shocked by the time.”

Berry, who finished second at the KHSAA State Track and Field Championships last spring, jump started his senior season with an impressive outing. At Christian Academy, he cleared 6-foot even in the high jump for the win. Cooper, who finished 15th at state last spring, cleared 5-foot-6 for second place.

Other Eminence performances included Moore in the 100-meter dash (fourth place, 12.4 seconds), Tre Lindsey in the 400-meter dash (10th, 58.9), Jesus Ramos in the 1,600-meter run (16th, 5:50.0), Berry in the long jump (third, 17-06), John Reed in the long jump (ninth, 15-11.5) and Berry in the triple jump (fourth, 34-02). Also, on the girls’ side, middle schoolers Raven Burley and Meisha Mason recently joined the team and competed in the 100-dash. Burley placed sixth with a time of 14.7 seconds, while Mason placed 16th in 15.2.

In the team standings, Central won the boys’ title with 135.5 points. Christian Academy was second with 73 points and Fairdale was third with 66 points. Eminence finished seventh with 42 points.

Following the opening meet, the Warriors were back in action two days later when they traveled to Oldham County on Thursday. The results were not posted as of Monday night, but Berry and Cooper had another sweep in the high jump with clearances of 6-foot and 5-foot-8, Berry improved his long jump to 18-foot-6 which placed him second, and Berry finished third in the 200-meter dash with an unofficial clocking of 23.22 seconds. There were no relays and no team scoring.

“Once again, I was pleased,” Frommeyer said. “There was good competition against some big schools so it was a good meet with little practice for us.”

In the high jump, which has turned into Eminence’s signature event, Berry barley knocked the bar off at 6-foot-2, which would have been a personal record and left him the top jumper in Class A. Meanwhile, Cooper improved by two inches from the first meet. Frommeyer said it was good performances by both athletes.

The Warriors competed at Shelby County on Tuesday night, might compete at Carroll County this Friday and will compete at the Wildcat Relays — hosted by Henry County High School — this Saturday. With no track, Henry’s meet is like a home meet for Eminence.

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