The Henry County track team got a big boost from its pole vaulters at the “Sundown” Invitational last week as seniors Travis Farmer and Alexa King won the event to help lead the Cats.
The “Sundown” Invitational was hosted by Oldham County High School on Thursday night, but because the school does not have a pole vault mat, that event was moved to North Oldham High School and switched to Wednesday night instead.
Farmer cleared the crossbar at 12-foot even for the first time this season, which tied his personal record set last spring and was two feet better than the next-highest jumper at Oldham. He is now tied for first place in the Class 2-A rankings.
Meanwhile, King cleared eight-foot even, which was her best this season and was also two feet higher than the next-highest jumper.
The two are now on pace to once again qualify for the KHSAA State Track and Field Championship hosted by the University of Louisville on June 4, and contend for a podium position.
“I was excited,” Farmer said of his performance at Oldham that propelled him to the top of the rankings. “I really think this was a step up. Everything seems like it’s coming together when it needs to be.”
Farmer pointed out that he wants to clear 12-foot-6 to 13 feet before the regional meet and hopefully win a state title. The last individual to win state from Henry County was Beverly Parrish in the 1970s.
The day after the pole vaulters took to the mat, the rest of the meet was held at Oldham County. The Cats finished with eight top-five finishes on Thursday to give them 10 for the meet.
On the girls’ side, Brittany Crawford finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a 15.4-second clocking, third in the high jump with a clearance of 4-foot-10, fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 51.5 seconds and fifth in the long jump with a leap of 14-foot-5. Her 100-hurdles performance was the best for her this season as it was a tight race between Sadie Stone of Christian Academy-Louisville and Brianne Brown of North Oldham. Stone was first in 15.3, Crawford was second in 15.4 and Brown was third, also being clocked at 15.4. The fourth-place hurdler finished more than two seconds later.
Erick Butler was the high finisher for the Henry boys on day two with second-place finishes in both the long jump (19 feet, 6 inches) and discus throw (134 feet, 9 inches). Robbie McCleskey was fifth in the long jump (18 feet, 10 inches), and the 400-meter relay team composed of Butler, McCleskey, Lance Timberlake and Pete Baldwin was third overall in a season-best 45.3 seconds.
New head coach Sedrick Williams and his Henry County Cats are back in action this Saturday when they travel to the North Hardin Invitational. The field events are set to start at 9:30 a.m. with the running events starting at 10:30. The meet will last most of the day.
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