It’s down to one man.
With the regular season drawing to a close, the Eminence High School track team is set to take just one athlete, senior Ed Berry, to the regional championships.
Berry will head to the meet in Danville Saturday to take part in four events, including his specialty — high jump.
Competing at the meet is a must to qualify for the state tournament, to be held on Sat., May 23, at the University of Louisville, but it comes at a price. Berry could be competing in his signature event at the same time many of his classmates are getting dolled up for prom.
“Hopefully he’ll get done in time to come very, very late to the prom or at least to the after-prom,” coach Steve Frommeyer said Monday.
Berry, who Frommeyer said has a shot at qualifying in each of the events — 200 meter dash, high jump, long jump and triple jump, will be resting this week and working on stretching routines to keep his legs limber. Baseball, Berry’s other sport for the spring, will keep him active and in shape, Frommeyer said.
That “rest” will come in handy for the senior, who had a slightly disappointing day Saturday at Kentucky Country Day.
At KCD, Berry took second place in long jump with a leap of 19’5”, third in the 200-meer dash in 23.3 seconds, and fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 37’4”. While those results were what Frommeyer called about average for Berry, it was his best event that left him disappointed. Berry, who has cleared 6’4” this season, managed just 5’10” at KCD, and came in fifth place.
“He was disappointed (and) upset,” Frommeyer said. “But honestly, he got four medals, and overall had a good day ... the high jump just didn’t go for him, for whatever reason Saturday.”
Frommeyer said with a busy week, Berry simply didn’t have his legs underneath him Saturday. “Fortunately, the schedule is light this week, and with regionals on Saturday, hopefully he’ll have that spring back.”
Berry’s teammate T.J. Cooper also competed at the KCD meet, and for the first time took part in long jump. With a long jump of 17’6”, Cooper was one inch away from sixth place, and a medal. Cooper also finished seventh in the high jump at 5’8”.
Earlier in the week, Berry competed at the NCKTC meet, where he medaled in high jump and triple jump, with results of 5’10” and 18’7” respectively, Frommeyer said.
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