Eminence's hard work paying off on the track

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By Tommie Kendall

Sports editor

After a slow start, Eminence’s hard work is starting to pay off. Now, coach Steve Frommeyer hopes the team’s momentum will carry over for the rest of the season — accumulating with the Class A, Region 3 Championships the week of May 19 and the Kentucky State Track and Field Championships May 30-31.

“Right now, our athletes are really excited about track, and it’s something I want to build off of,” Frommeyer said after his squad competed in the Carroll County All-Comers last Thursday afternoon.

Going head-to-head against much larger schools, Ed Berry came back with four first-place showings. Thae junior won the high jump, long jump and triple jump, and ran a leg on Eminence’s winnings 400-meter relay team. Along the way, he became the first track athlete from Eminence to win four events in a single meet since 11-time state champion Jim Green accomplished that feat numerous times in the 1960s.

Berry’s best finish came in the high jump with his first six-foot clearance, which makes him just the second Class A jumper to clear that height this season. Teammate TJ Cooper also had a surprising high jump performance, improving from 5-06 to 5-10 to take second in the competition. The jump leaves both athletes in position to advance to the state meet, which would make Berry’s third straight appearance and Cooper’s first.

“Ed and TJ have been doing extra training at Velocity a few times per week, and I think it’s really starting to pay off,” Frommeyer said of the duo. “They jumped very well and provided the most excitement from the meet.”

Individually, Berry also won the long jump with a leap of 19-09.5 and the triple jump with a length of 34-09, while Cooper finished second in the 100-meter dash in 12.21 seconds.

In the long jump, to go along with Berry’s personal-best jump, Sydney Armstrong and Jonathan Reed both recorded their best performances in the event. Armstrong leaped 17-10 for second, while Reed leaped 12-10 for eighth.

The Warriors also competed in the 400-relay, bringing back to Eminence the relays’ first first-place finish of the season. The team — composed of Berry, Cooper, Trey Lindsey and Brock Roberts — completed the one-lap, four-person relay in 48.02 seconds.

In the team competition, Carroll came away with the boys’ win with 133 points, followed by Shawe of Indiana (94), Trimble County (81), Eminence (62), Kentucky Country Day (62) and Bracken County (58). The 62 Eminence points were the most the Warriors have scored this season.

Eminence will be back in action this week with possible meets at the Shelby County All-Comers Tuesday, the Henry County All-Comers Thursday and the Kentucky Country Day Invitational Saturday. The team plans to compete in at least two of the three meets, Frommeyer said.

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