The Henry County track team sent five runners to the state meet on Friday with Cameron Johnson leading the way in the triple jump.
Johnson, a sophomore, finished seventh with a jump of 41-04. Five of the six competitors who finished ahead of Johnson were seniors, making him a contender in the triple jump next year.
Patrick Cravens, who is also a sophomore, had a rough day. After setting a personal record of 129-10 and winning the regional discus title last week, Cravens struggled at his first state meet. His first throw was well short of his usual standards and his second throw went out of bounds. On his final throw Cravens managed to heave the disc 103-03, which left him in 21st place.
The third super sophomore for the Wildcats, Connor Finley, was leading his heat of the 110 meter high hurdles about halfway through the race when he caught a hurdle and was thrown off balance. Finley was able to stay on his feet and finish the race but it cost him precious tenths and he ended up settling for 18th place with a time of 17.51.
Connor’s sister, Sara Finley, competed in her first state track meet and finished 15th in the triple jump. The freshman jumped 31-02.75.
The Cats’ only senior to make the state meet was Eddie Jones in the pole vault. Jones struggled all day but eventually tied his personal best with a vault of 11-06. He just missed setting a PR on his final attempt at 12-00. Jones was one of five athletes to go out at 11-6 but because he had more misses on previous attempts, he finished 12th overall. Jones said that the difference in the way the pads slanted back from the pit threw several of the competitors off visually and made it hard to commit completely on each attempt.
Coach Melissa Sheron was pleased with the efforts of her team.
I can’t say enough about how proud I am of this year’s track team,” Sheron said. “They went down there and did their best and I can’t ask for anything more. Eddie tied his PR height for the year and Sara got her PR in the triple jump. Cameron finished seventh in the entire state.”
Sheron is excited that the young track Cats have more years to improve.
“Four of our five kids that I took to Lexington are underclassmen,” she said. “I can guarantee they will go to state a couple more times. They work so hard at their events. They are a fun group to coach.”
110 meter hurdles-18th Connor Finley 17.51
Girls’ Triple jump-15th Sara Finley 31-02.75
Boys’ Triple jump-7th Cameron Johnson 41-04.5
Pole Vault-12th Eddie Jones 11-06
Discus-21st Patrick Cravens 103-03