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Warriors continue track season at Christian Academy Invitational

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By Tommie Kendall

Sports editor

The Eminence track team had just five athletes compete at the Harry Greschel Christian Academy Invitational over the weekend, but still managed to bring back to Eminence some eye-popping results.

The 400-meter relay team of Ed Berry, TJ Cooper, Trey Lindsey and Tihon Durrett placed third; Berry won the long jump, placed second in the high jump and fifth in the triple jump; Cooper finished fifth in the high jump; and Jon Reed placed 16th in the long jump. In just their second track meet of the season, it was a good day for the Warriors.

“I thought our athletes did very well in the events they competed in,” Eminence coach Steve Frommeyer said. “We just need a few more meets under our belt.”

The 400-relay was thrown together at the last minute and juggled the baton on one of its relay exchanges, but still managed a respectable third. Jeffersontown won the one-lap, four-person event with a quick 45.42 seconds, followed by North Oldham (47.43) and Eminence (47.82). If not for the exchange problems, the Warriors would have secured at least a second-place finish. Plus, Sydney Armstrong and Brock Roberts — two runners that regularly compete on the relay — were absent from the meet.

“We have to change the lineup in practice just about every day and at meets,” Frommeyer said of the relay squad. “Hopefully we get our full roster this week and we get a little more consistency.”

While the relay was sprinting around the track, Berry was running back-and-forth between his other three events — long jump, high jump and triple jump. The high jump was delayed while other athletes were competing in different events, leaving all four events Berry was competing in going on at the same time.

Despite the hectic schedule, Berry won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet and 8.5 inches, placed second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-10, and placed fifth in the triple jump with a length of 32-05. His high jump performance tied his personal best from last season, while his other two events were sub-par for Berry’s standards.

“In the long jump, Berry was hitting behind the board so he wouldn’t scratch, and that cost him in distance — he could have gone at least two feet farther,” Frommeyer said, despite the win. “And in the triple jump, because he just ran the relay, he basically just ran through a few times and never got up to full speed.”

Because of the conflict in schedule — which Frommeyer feels might prevent Berry from doing his best in all his events — Berry will drop the triple jump for now to concentrate on the high jump, long jump and relay.

Eminence also had Cooper competing in the high jump. The sophomore cleared a personal best  5-06, which was good enough to place him fifth overall, respectively. He tied for third, but had more scratches than Chad Hazelwood of Louisville Holy Cross and Dominique Betts of St. Francis.

Cameron Ratliff of Walden came away with the win with a jump of 6-feet even, followed by Berry and the 5-06 jumpers.

The Warriors were back in action Tuesday afternoon when they competed in the Shelby County All-Comers meet, and might compete at the Eastern Relays — held at the University of Louisville — this Saturday, Frommeyer said.

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