Eminence limited on numbers at Shelby Co. track meet

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By Tommie Kendall

The Eminence track team was supposed to compete in three meets last week, but shrunk that number to just one and only took four athletes.

At the Shelby County All-Comers meet last Tuesday, Ed Berry won the high jump, finished second in the long jump and third in the 200-meter dash, TJ Cooper finished fourth in the high jump and 10th in the 200-dash, John Reed finished 13th in the long jump and Jesus Ramos finished 14th in the 3,200-meter run to round out the squad. The Warriors were also scheduled to compete in the Carroll County All-Comers on Friday and the Wildcat Relays — hosted by Henry County High School — on Saturday, but missed both meets due to various reasons. Trey Lindsey also traveled to Shelby but decided not to run due to a slight muscle pull.

The Shelby meet was full of much larger schools and was held under unstable weather conditions that included rain and wind.

“Considering the conditions and the competition, I thought our kids did very well,” Eminence coach Steve Frommeyer said.

According to the latest rankings released by the Web site www.kytrackxc.com, Eminence’s 400-meter relay team of Berry, Cooper, Dee Moore and Tihon Durrett is ranked fourth in Class A. Fort Campbell is first (best time of 44.42 this season), Mayfield is second (44.64), Danville is third (46.04) and Eminence is fourth (46.64). No relays were competed at the Shelby meet last week.

With Berry’s win in the high jump, the senior is now a perfect three of three in the event this season. He cleared the cross bar at 5-foot-10 at Shelby. Berry tied with Jordan Sloan of Anderson County but Sloan had more misses which gave the win to Berry. Stewart Barnes of Trimble County came in third at 5-foot-6 and Cooper came in fourth at 5-foot-4.

In the Class A rankings, Berry is second in the state in the high jump with his best jump this season of 6-foot even. St. Henry’s Ben Bessler is ranked first at 6-foot-2.

Berry and Cooper also competed in the 200-meter dash. Berry finished third in 23.78 seconds and Cooper finished 10th in 25.75. Berry capped off the day with a second-place finish in the long jump, leaping 18-foot — four inches short of South Oldham’s Charlie Reynolds. Reed finished 13th with a jump of 12-foot.

The only other Eminence athlete to compete was Ramos, who finished 14th in the 3,200-race with an eight-lap time of 11 minutes, 58.65 seconds.

“With just four kids, I thought it was a good day for us,” Frommeyer said.

In the team standings, host Shelby won the boys’ title with 111 points. Lexington Christian was second with 107 points, Bardstown was third with 96, Anderson was fourth with 96, South Oldham was fifth with 87.5, Trimble was sixth with 64, Western Hills was seventh with 44.5 and Eminence was eighth with 29.

The Warriors raced at Oldham County All-Comers on Tuesday and will have a week off before a meet at Kentucky Country Day next Tuesday.

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