This looks to be a race between Butler and Owensboro. Paul Dunbar and Ballard could also be in the mix if they are able to come up with some great performances.
Butler will score with star power as they are led by 10-time State Champion Chelsea Brown. Brown is seeded #1 in three races this weekend, but trapped in the second heat of the 300m Hurdles. Senior Tiffany Rogers will be right there with her teammate in the 100m and 200m Dashes. Twelve to sixteen points from her in these events would be great for Butler. They have the best time for the year in the 4x200m Relay and have 5th seeded Shanika Cox in the Triple Jump. Can the great senior duo of Brown and Rogers go out on top with a team title?
Owensboro starts the state meet with 20 points before anybody hits the track. No, I am just kidding, but they are led by two-time defending Shot Put and Discus State Champion Amashi Kendall who is almost 10 feet better than her closest competitor in the Shot Put this year. Kendall is about as definite as you can get as she competes at her future stomping ground of the University of Louisville. They will score big points in the sprint relays as they are seeded #1 in the 4x100m Relay and 4x200m Relay. They have another title contender in Hayden Kelly in the High Jump. Mariah Murphy and Shanice Carbon will give them much needed points in the open 100m and 200m Dashes. Amanda Smith (throws) and Allyson Hughes (Pole Vault) will help provide extra points. This could be Owensboro’s second title in three years.
Ballard, the 2008 State Champion, has always been a team that scores well in the relays but is more of a individual based team this year. They are led by senior Jazzmin Jeter who will look to score points in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and Long Jump. They also have up and coming freshman Cidnei Johnson who is seeded #6 in the 100m Dash. Megan Zimlich is tied for the #1 seed in the High Jump at 5-00.
Paul Dunbar is a great example of a nickel and dime team as they will score points all over the place Saturday. Sophomore Megan Klein leads the squad and is seeded #1 in the 1600m Run. Klein is also a threat in the 3200m. Eighth grader Trina Thomas (400m Dash) and Shomari Kendrick (Discus) could finish top three in their premiere events.